Raising Support for Social Good

By raiSE

Thinking of ways to help those in need through your business model?

A social enterprise may be the answer. This model can generate revenue and fulfil social needs at the same time. Think about it – you can provide jobs to the disadvantaged, or offer subsidised goods or services to those in need.

Last May, a centre for social enterprises was set-up. Here are 5 things you should know about this new Centre and what it does!

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   1. It’s got an inspiring name

This Centre is called raiSE, which was named from its mission: to raiseawareness, and raisesupport for the social enterprise (SE) sector.

raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore, and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.

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  1. It’s got the President’s support.

That’s President Tony Tan at raiSE’s official launch in May last year. (Check out pictures from the event here – and while you’re there, ‘Like’ our Facebook page!)

  1. It’s located in the hip part of the West.

You can find raiSE at JTC Launchpad@one-north, a vibrant community at the heart of Singapore’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Here, social enterprise start-ups can plug into one-north’s multi-disciplinary R&D and international business environment.

At the same time, entrepreneurs can benefit from interacting with the range of different  social enterprise start-ups in their midst.

  1. It encourages you to #VentureforGood

VentureForGood is raiSE’s open call for all new and existing locally based social enterprises to submit their innovative ideas. Selected social enterprises get a grant from raiSE to kickstart their ideas.

And this was attractive. The first round of the grant call (July to September 2015) saw a total of 162 applications!

Keep a lookout for the second round of VentureForGood at: https://www.raise.sg/ventureforgood/

  1. It will invest in you.

Besides grant funding, raiSE also offers investments to mature social enterprises looking to expand their business activities.

This will help such social enterprises create more impact, and do more good!

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Are you a social enterprise in Singapore and unsure of where to seek support? Contact raiSE at info@raise.sg and meet with the team!

What’s in your CNY checklist?

By Minister Tan Chuan-Jin

It is two days to the Lunar New Year. Many of us diligently go through the checklist of what needs to be done:

Spring clean and decorate the house, buy festive goodies and clothes for the kids, make preparations for reunion dinner, pack ang pows … and the list goes on.

For most Chinese families, Lunar New Year is one big family affair. There is plenty of feasting, catching up with relatives, friends and exchanging of festive greetings.

How one generation loves, the next generation learns

As we spend time with family and loved ones this season, let us make time to show appreciation to our parents and elders. For all they have done for us, they certainly deserve our respect, care and concern. How we care for our elders will be how our children learn to care for us when we grow old.

Share your own stories at the Filial Piety Facebook page.

If you are not living with your elderly parents, visit them or bring them home to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Spend some quality time with your family – put that in your CNY checklist!

For some of us, the celebrations go beyond our immediate families. It includes going door to door to bring festive joy to fellow Singaporeans, especially to those who live alone or who may be financially strapped and cannot afford to celebrate Lunar New Year; or others, who have been abandoned by their loved ones.

There are also groups of residents who come together to care for others in their community. We saw this happen at Yuhua Market and Food Centre last week, where some hawkers and volunteers cooked and served dishes to more than 300 needy elderly and families at a charity dinner held in their community, for their community.

Such is the inclusive and caring society that we can build and be a part of when we begin to look beyond ourselves and start to look out for others.

Wishing you and your family good health and happiness for the Lunar New Year!