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About Social Service Agencies, Charities & IPCs


What Are Social Service Agencies?

Social service agencies are non-profit organisations dedicated to serving the community. These agencies are typically established as societies, companies limited by guarantee, or trusts.

For guidance on setting up and registering a social service agency, along with an explanation of the differences between these three legal structures (Society/ Company Limited by Guarantee/ Trust), please refer to Pro Bono SG.

What Are Charities?

Charities are not-for-profit organisations established exclusively for charitable purposes. They undertake activities to achieve these goals, benefiting the public.

What Are Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs)?

Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) are charitable organisations that are either exempt or registered. They have the privilege of issuing tax-deductible receipts for qualifying donations to their donors.

For further information on establishing Charities and IPCs, please consult the Charity Portal.

Let's work together to build a compassionate community that benefits everyone.