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For planning and fulfilling your legacy giving ambitions.

FAQ

Who should consider legacy giving?

People of all ages, from all walks of life can live and leave a legacy to contribute to support the community.

What is the best time to start planning legacy gifts?

You can start thinking about legacy gifts at any stage of your life.  It is never too early to start planning.

Can I leave a legacy gift to CFS and let CFS decide on the charity or cause to support?

Yes, you can leave your gift unrestricted to provide flexibility in meeting the evolving needs of the community.  With our deep understanding of local issues and evolving needs, CFS identifies gaps and opportunities in the community to foster more effective giving.
You can also give directly to the charity.

Can CFS help me set up an endowment fund in support of a cause or charity?

With an endowment fund, your donation is held at CFS in perpetuity and invested.  Payout from the investment is directed to the designated cause or charity.

How can I make a legacy gift?

Your legacy gift can be a simple outright gift, such as a bequest in a will or a donation in memory of a loved one directly to a charity.
To plan a legacy gift to CFS, you can start by setting up an endowment fund in your name or in memory of a loved one.
Giving in memory lets a family celebrate the life of a loved one by supporting a cause close to their hearts.  A memorial fund is a thoughtful way to remember your loved one and at the same time make an impact on the community.  Memorial giving lets friends and family celebrate the life of a loved one by supporting a cause close to their hearts.
If you already have a fund with CFS, you may direct a portion of your estate as a contribution to your existing flow through or endowment fund.  Alternatively, you may include a directive in your will to establish a fund with CFS.  We will honour your wishes and ensure that your fund is used prudently to help the community and directed to the charitable causes you care about most.

How do I start my legacy giving with CFS?

You can start by establishing a fund with CFS.  This fund will then be named as a beneficiary to receive your assets in accordance to your will, CPF and insurance nominations.
Alternatively, you can give directly to CFS and leave your gift unrestricted to provide flexibility in meeting the evolving needs of the community.

Is there a minimum amount I need to make a legacy gift?

You have various choices in making a legacy gift. 
You can give a gift directly to CFS to meet the evolving needs in the community. You may wish to establish a donor advised fund (DAF) with CFS to support specific causes or charities over time, starting with S$200,000.  It is also possible to give directly to a charity of your choice.

Do I need to inform CFS in advance of my legacy gift?

It will be helpful to inform CFS if you intend to include a gift to CFS in your will.  You may do so by filling in the Legacy Pledge Form.

Why give with CFS?

With CFS, you can be assured that your charitable intent will be honoured and your giving meaningful and impactful. As your trusted legacy partner, we will:

Carry out your wishes

We will honour your wishes and ensure that your fund is used prudently to help the community and directed to the charitable causes you care about most.

Invest your gift wisely

Should you choose an endowment fund, we will work with investment experts to help grow your fund so that the reach of your legacy will be extended over time.

Ensure that your gift has a lasting impact

Whether flow through or endowment fund, we will ensure that your legacy gift will make an impact.

How do I know that CFS is financially accountable?

We comply with the requirements of the Code of Governance for Charities and Institutions of Public Character (IPCs) and are committed to upholding the values of accountability and transparency within our organisation.  CFS has to comply with the advanced tier of the Code of Governance for IPCs, which is the most stringent requirement for large IPCs with receipts of at least $10 million.
In 2019, CFS is honoured to have won the Charity Governance Award – Special Commendation for Governance and Management – as well as the Charity Transparency Award. Conferred by the Charity Council, we were privileged to be amongst a select line-up of outstanding charities that were recognised for exemplary disclosure and transparency practices at the Charity Governance Awards dinner on 3 December 2019. 
Our audit partner KPMG conducts an independent audit of our financial statements every year. Our audited financial information is available at https://www.cf.org.sg/reports/.

Give A Greater Gift

Whether you are new to The Community Foundation of Singapore or have been giving through your fund with us, we are here to help you plan a giving journey that best mirrors your intent.

Start your legacy giving with The Community Foundation of Singapore today.

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