Applying for Charity Status

Applying for charity status

Both types of non-profit organisations including societies and a public companies limited by guarantee can apply to become a charitable organisation. When reviewing the application for charity status, the Commissioner of Charities will assess whether the objectives and by-laws of the organisation are acceptable for it to be a charitable organisation.

A charitable organisation will be subject to additional reporting requirements in line with the Singapore Charities Act, Cap 37. Notwithstanding that, the benefits of being a registered charitable organisation include:-

  • The entity will enjoy automatic tax exemption.
  • It gives a better standing and credibility to the organisation.
  • It will be easier to facilitate fund raising activities.

Charitable Purposes

Charitable purposes can be classified into 4 main categories:

  1. the relief of poverty
  2. the advancement of education
  3. the advancement of religion
  4. other purposes beneficial to the community with the following purposes explicitly recognised as charitable:
  • the advancement of health;
  • the advancement of citizenship or community development;
  • the advancement of arts, heritage or science;
  • the advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
  • the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages and
  • the advancement of animal welfare.

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