Incorporated in August 1991, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) was founded with the objectives of helping Singaporeans become active global citizens, enabling Singapore to contribute to the global community of nations and encouraging overseas Singaporeans to maintain links with home.
Among the prominent personalities who championed the SIF's establishment were Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, former Foreign Minister George Yeo and Ambassador-At-Large Professor Tommy Koh. Our first Executive Director was Professor Chan Heng Chee, Singapore's Ambassador to Washington. Our Patron from 2001 to 2011 was Mr S R Nathan, the then Singapore President.
REFRESHED VISION AND MISSION
In 2009, we embarked on a strategic exercise to review our mandate and the relevance of our vision and mission in today's world. The extensive research and interviews with key stakeholders revealed that the SIF has an important role to play in building enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, and harnessing the power of friendships fostered and global networks built to enrich lives and effect positive change.
We launched our new vision of Making Friends for a Better World in October 2009. Our work is anchored in the belief that cross-cultural interactions provide insights that strengthen understanding, and the sharing of ideas and experiences inspires action and enables collaborations for good.
Our programmes bring people together to share ideas, skills and resources to effect real change in areas such as healthcare, education, the environment, arts and culture, as well as livelihood and business.
Our work would be impossible without the dedication and courage of the thousands of individuals, organisations and corporations that have joined us in building a better world.
Since 1991, we've worked with these friends to:
-Enable positive, sustainable impact in 17 countries across Asia and Africa
-Run over 40 community development projects annually
-Send over 2,000 specialist volunteers overseas
-Help over 220 artists and groups present their works in 50 countries
-Host over 500 thought leaders from 30 countries
-Engage over 600 programme participants from all over the world
-Share insights with over 5,500 members of the international community in Singapore, representing 80 nationalities