Checks with crowdfunding websites showed there are measures in place to verify the claims and ensure the donations are used responsibly by beneficiaries, but this is not done for all cases. The Straits Times asked crowdfunding websites - GIVE.asia, Indiegogo's charity arm Generosity and SimplyGiving - what is done to ensure that donations do go towards the intended essential needs.
Singapore's national online donation platform is introducing new measures to ensure that money raised is used responsibly, following debate over crowdfunding efforts that garnered six-figure sums. This will start by the end of the year when Giving.sg - which is run by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) - begins hosting fund-raisers by non-profit group Ray of Hope Initiative (ROHI) on behalf of individuals.
At 22, Ms Chew Chia Shao Wei is the youngest and newest employee at charity Brahm Centre. "But don't look down on her just because she is young or small-built. She is from Harvard," her colleagues tell elderly residents when accompanying her on visits to their homes. Ms Chew Chia told The Straits Times: "Then the clients would be, like, 'Huh? Why don't you get a better job?' I think they don't realise that it is a great job; that it is very rewarding and fulfilling."
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Selecting a term
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