Colabs is a community of action designed for business leaders looking to make a critical social difference.

This initiative by NVPC and Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) offers a platform for givers with a common social focus to collectively build insights and co-create solutions. Colabs aims to spur meaningful collaborations by enabling its members to assess gaps, identify opportunities, and build scalable strategies, by facilitating access to resources, experts, and knowledgeable peers. In early 2017, NVPC together with CFS launches three Colabs focused on children and youth, persons with disability, and the elderly respectively. Each of these Colabs will meet at regular intervals to take a 360-degree view on the issue, build shared vision to guide change and create strategies for collective impact. Colabs invites leaders from Corporations, Small and Medium Businesses, Grantmakers, Foundations and Trusts, and Individual donors, who seek to drive greater social impact through collective action, to express interest.

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CHILDREN & YOUTH; Children are our hope, and guiding them towards fulfilling lives is important to every community. Cities can be wildly unequal places, and a healthy community must focus on keeping alive the prospect of equal opportunity. Our first Colabs focusing on children and youth, starts by asking how we might hold onto the promise of education as a game changer for social mobility. The emphasis is on understanding the educational attainment lag among children and youth from vulnerable families, identifying potential solutions and co-creating action plans to scale effective solutions. This Colabs invites givers focusing on impact for children and youth, to engage with us to map the landscape, learn from each other, set priorities, build common outcomes frameworks, and pilot innovative solutions.

ELDERLY: Singapore becomes a country with an aged population in 2017, with over 15% of people aged over 65. This transition from aging to aged would have happened over a mere nineteen years, where Japan took twenty-six (the fastest to date). By 2030, every two working age individuals will support an elderly person above 65 years old. This poses diverse challenges. Companies are close to issues like what the future of work and retirement should look like, yet not in a position to move alone. The consequences for the financially most vulnerable among the elderly are already visible around the city. Whether you advocate for better policies, scale innovative solutions, or reach out to the worst affected through employee volunteering, Colabs provides a platform for nuanced discussion and collaboration.

DISABILITY: A disability can pose challenges to meeting a person’s basic needs – whether it be with physical mobility and self-care, domestic life and relationships, acquiring education and employment, or being involved in community and civic life. This in turn poses socio-economic and psychological challenges both to the individuals and their caregivers. The diverse nature of disabilities and interventions mean that change makers seeking to create sustainable impact will need to think beyond just friendlier spaces, greater awareness, and more care facilities. The intricacies of what solutions may lead to direct and systemic impact, need to be navigated together with key stakeholders, experts, and peers. This Colabs aims to help frame that discussion on enabling an inclusive society through collective action.