Leading the Fundraising Charge Seminar


Fundraising in Singapore has been heavily disrupted by COVID-19, and face a new reality amid the pandemic. Learn how to thrive and build long-term sustainability with a robust fundraising plan.

Venue: One Farrer Hotel

6 & 8 November 2023
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Fundraising in Singapore has been heavily disrupted by COVID-19, with Community Chest and National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NCSS) reporting drops in donations for charities across various sectors since the pandemic began. Facing a new reality amid the pandemic, charities have pivoted towards the digitisation of large-scale fundraising activities, but a robust, forward-looking fundraising plan is necessary for them to survive and leverage opportunities presented by stakeholders in the fundraising ecosystem.

This seminar will address three critical actions to help your organisation thrive and build long-term sustainability:​

  • How best to structure your organisation to support changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How board members and staff should work collaboratively to develop an action plan to be agile in times of crisis.
  • How you can improve the culture of philanthropy in your organisation and ensure the organisation has a solid case for support.

Led by Usha Menon and Dr Tan Bee Wan, their working experience and knowledge in the fundraising and philanthropy space ensures that you leave with a fundraising plan that enables your organisation to fully leverage schemes presented by the government, such as Tote Board’s Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme, especially crucial as more beneficiaries come to you for assistance during these trying times.


By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse your donors and relate your fundraising strategies to the motivations, needs and strategies of the organisation.
  • Devise strategies for Effective Fundraising Outcomes.
  • Fully leverage on Tote Board’s Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme using your signature programmes and how to bring in corporate donors to support you in achieving your Tote Board’s approved proposals.
  • Develop a practical fundraising plan for implementation and strategically Relaunch or Strengthen your fundraising efforts.
  • How to develop a practical 3-year fundraising programme for your organisation and “owned”  donors, volunteers and staff.


Led by Usha Menon who brings a wealth of multi-country experience, expertise and insights over 30 years of work, and Dr Tan Bee Wan, former Executive Director of Community Chest Singapore.

Accelerate and maximise your Tote-Board Enhanced Fundraising Programme grant.

Improve the culture of philanthropy and ensure your organisation has a solid case for support.

Take back a robust, forward-looking fundraising plan that leverages opportunities presented by stakeholders in the fundraising ecosystem.

Pre-approved VCF funding of up to 80% available for charities


Management team, board members and fundraising or community partnerships departments.


6 & 8 November 2023Day 1: 9:00 am to 5:00 pmDay 2: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


The first 15 organisations to register a group of 3 will get the 4th participant for free.

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  • Standard Fee$1,944
    VWOs-Charities Capability Fund Training Grant$944*
    Community Care Training Grant$194.40**

All prices stated include GST.

*Up to 80% seminar fee funding for NCSS member agencies
**Up to 90% seminar fee funding for AIC approved organisations


Usha Menon

Usha Menon is Executive Chairman of Usha Menon Management Consultancy, an international training and consultancy service that works exclusively with the nonprofit and social service sectors across Asia. Specialising in leadership, strategy, fundraising and philanthropy, Usha brings a wealth of multi-country experience, expertise and insights garnered over the past 30 years.

She has curated and authored chapters in the recently launched “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards”, published by Wiley/Board Source and has collaborated with the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Social Development Asia (CSDA) to launch Singapore’s first Exploratory Studies on Fundraising Practices, with a focus on the Health, Social and Welfare sectors.

Usha Menon also collaborated with fundraising experts globally, to bring Global Fundraising: How the world is changing the rules of philanthropy which won the Cause Plane’s Choice Award for Top Non-profit Book for 2015 and the Skystone Prize – a prestigious US award in philanthropy.

Usha is one of Asia’s leading bloggers, sharing non-profit sector insights and observations regularly through her blog Asian Insights many of which are translated by capability building entities in Japan, China and Germany.

Dr Tan Bee Wan

Dr Tan Bee Wan is a social worker, social entrepreneur, lecturer and consultant. She is also the Executive Chairman of Integrative Learning Corporation (ILC) Singapore, an international consulting & management development group and ACE Seniors, a social enterprise with the mission of empowering 50+ years old and enabling them to remain relevant and a source of inspiration for their community.

Prior to leading Integrative, she was the Executive Director of the Singapore Council of Social Service and Community Chest of Singapore and CEO of Tsao Foundation.

She is adjunct lecturer for SUSS and NUS Business School; designing and teaching social leadership, social innovation, social enterprises and CSR, fundraising and philanthropy for the Master in Nonprofit Management, Master of Community and Social Leadership, and NUS-MBA Programme.

Bee Wan graduated with a Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore and Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, USA. Her Ph.D. dissertation is titled, “Research Study on the Trends and Patterns of Corporate Giving to Charities in Singapore”.