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Social Service Summit

NCSS launched the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST) in 2017, a 5-year roadmap developed for the sector to remain relevant and responsive to the changing social needs of the population. The 4ST unites the sector to work towards a collective vision where every person is empowered to live with dignity in a caring and inclusive society.

At this year’s summit, NCSS will continue on the 4ST journey to share progress and opportunities for growth. We will also explore deeper, a key outcome of the 4ST roadmap: Money, time and opportunities are given more and meaningfully by People, Public and Private (3P) sectors. NCSS will be convening a Funders’ Roundtable discussion to stimulate thoughts and ideas that would enable sustainable and impactful funding in the social service sector.

This is timely and critical, as one of the key recurring challenges identified by social service organisations is the difficulty in finding sustainable ways to fund their programmes and operations. Coupled with changing and growing needs, it is vital for the 3P partners to work together more closely to ensure that social service organisations are better resourced to continue the good work. 

We will collaboratively address the complex funding challenges ahead of us. Key questions that would be deliberated include: What are the challenges in obtaining future funding? How do we coordinate better to optimise resources as a sector? What are the new ideas and collaborative approaches to address the funding challenges faced by the sector? 

Join us in the conversation to explore innovative funding approaches and ways we can work towards achieving our collective 4ST vision. As reading material ahead of the summit, we will be uploading an appendix of some local and global practices. We look forward to embark on this journey with everyone in co-creating new possibilities for the future.

Details of Social Service Summit 2018

Date: 24 July 2018
Time: 8.45am to 2.15pm
Venue: Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560 

Summit Programme

Registration and Breakfast
Guests to be seated by 8.40am
Opening Address by Mr Desmond Lee
Minister for Social and Family Development
Second Minister for National Development
Launch of iShine Cloud
Progress of the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST) by Mr Sim Gim Guan
Chief Executive Officer, NCSS
Funders' Roundtable Part 1 - Sustainable & Impactful Funding
Tea Break
Funders' Roundtable Part 2 - Collaboration & Funding Innovation
Closing by Mr Hsieh Fu Hua
President, NCSS
Networking Lunch


Summit Concludes

Summit Participants

NCSS Member Organisations, Leaders from the Public Sector, Leaders from Corporates and Business that have or aim to have a social purpose and responsibility.

Registration has been closed. Thank you for the overwhelming response!

Panel Moderator

Ms Anita Fam
Ms Anita Fam
Vice President,
National Council of Social Service


Minister Desmond Lee
Mr Desmond Lee
Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development
Ms Chew Seow-Chien
Ms Chew Seow-Chien
Vice President, Bain & Company, Southeast Asia
Mr Andrew Buay
Mr Andrew Buay
Vice President, Group Sustainability
Ms Chia Yong Yong
Ms Chia Yong Yong
President, SPD
Mr Tan Seng Chai
Mr Tan Seng Chai
Group Chief People Officer, CapitaLand Group and Executive Director, CapitaLand Hope Foundation
Ms Young Jin Yee
Ms Young Jin Yee
Chief Executive Officer, SymAsia Foundation (Credit Suisse)