Since our inception in 1974, we have established 16 endowments. Our endowments and philanthropic outfits aim to build people, build communities, build capabilities and rebuild lives. To date, they have touched the lives of more than 240,000 people in Singapore and Asia.
Temasek Trust was established in 2007 to independently oversee the financial management and disbursement of Temasek’s philanthropic endowments and gifts. Its Board of Trustees comprises Chairman Lee Seng Wee and S Dhanabalan from Singapore, and Ratan Tata from India.
Endowment gifts from Temasek are initially co-invested with Temasek. When the endowments reach critical mass, the Trust may appoint other third party fund managers approved by Temasek. The Trust is responsible for the disciplined disbursement of the endowments to designated non-profit philanthropic organisations (NPPOs) on a sustainable basis. In turn, the NPPOs are charged with fulfilling their respective community mandates.
Supported by Temasek’s largest endowment, Temasek Foundation (TF) partners Singapore and international institutions to develop or support programmes in Asia.
TF seeks to build people through education and health care; build institutions through governance, public administration and urban management; build bridges among Asia’s diverse communities through networks of exchange for students, journalists, leaders and others; and rebuild lives of communities affected by natural disasters by boosting their disaster response capabilities. Since May 2007, TF has supported 262 programmes in 20 countries in Asia.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET) in the Philippines
ITE Education Services trainers worked with 75 TVET leaders and specialists from the Philippines on ideas for effective industry collaboration programmes.
Water Management Programme in India
A partnership with Singapore Cooperation Enterprise to share best practices and train 100 officials from India in sustainable water project management.
Nursing and Medical Programme in Indonesia
Partnering Tan Tock Seng Hospital to train 150 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from Indonesia in cardiac life support and resuscitation skills.
Set up in 2009, Temasek Cares is a Singapore-based charity focused on improving the lives of underprivileged individuals, families and communities in Singapore, especially those with unmet needs.
Temasek Cares has since funded 82 programmes, including pilot programmes for new services. These have touched about 22,500 lives, including those with physical disabilities and psychological disorders, children with learning, developmental and traumatic challenges, abused women and their children, single parents, and the elderly requiring long term care.
In April 2015, Temasek Cares sponsored AIR+ Smart Masks and AIR+ Micro Ventilators for 13,000 disadvantaged children in Singapore. This is one of Temasek Cares’ Stay Prepared initiatives to help the Singapore community prepare for emergencies such as viral outbreaks.
Temasek Cares manages other community endowments on behalf of Temasek. These include the Balaji Sadasivan Endowment for healthcare services, the Ee Peng Liang Endowment for social services, and the Temasek Emergency Preparedness Fund or T-PREP Fund for community emergency resilience and recovery.
Individual Transitional Aftercare Programme
A two-year programme in partnership with iC@RE Hub and Yellow Ribbon Fund to provide support structures and supervision, including transitional housing and financial assistance, to female ex-offenders, and help them reintegrate into society.
Care Close to Home Programme
A pilot community-based programme supporting vulnerable seniors through holistic coordination of existing support services.
Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme
Now in its 18th year, the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme (STEP) helps youth in Asia to build friendship and contribute to their education. Its popular Sunburst Youth Camp has hosted more than 2,000 teenage students since 1998, including over 650 students from Singapore.
STEP-ITE Sunburst Innovation Programme
A programme where more than 100 Institute of Technical Education students and 30 other young people from ASEAN and China spent a week in Singapore participating in industry visits and engaging industry experts on using technology for innovation to benefit society.
Boys’ Town Project
Providing academic coaching and mentorship to the residents of Boys’ Town, a shelter for disadvantaged boys.
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) is well recognised for bio-molecular science research and applications. Its primary focus on cellular mechanisms underlying the development and physiology of plants, fungi and animals, is the foundation for biotechnology innovation. In 2014, TLL scientists published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Over the last 12 years, TLL has made more than 70 discoveries, of which about half have been licensed.
Research to Control Plant Flowering
Discovery of a timing mechanism that controls flowering in plants. Dr Toshiro Ito led the research, which could help predict harvesting time to improve food supply.
Singapore Millennium Foundation
Established in 2001, the Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) funds research relevant to Singapore, covering mental health, Parkinson’s disease, liver and lung cancer, ageing and palliative care, pedagogy and special needs education, and non-medical bioscience. In 2008, SMF broadened its mandate to cover institutional programmes, and has granted a total of S$43 million since, for programmes in education and research institutions, and hospitals. SMF is a key sponsor of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize since 2008, which honours individuals or organisations with major contributions in solving the world’s water challenges.
Virtual Pink Dolphin Project
A three-year research project to develop software with virtual pink dolphins to help children with autism improve their social interaction and communication skills.
Temasek Education Foundation
Temasek Education Foundation (TEF) supports programmes that nurture young talent in the areas of sports, mathematics & science, arts and music. TEF has endowments totalling S$150 million, including three S$35 million endowments named after Singapore’s pioneering leaders, EW Barker, Tay Eng Soon and David Marshall.
Our People, Our Music 2014
A Chinese orchestral concert with a record breaking 4,557 performers and choral singers to promote appreciation of Chinese music, and mark the opening of Singapore’s new National Stadium.
S Rajaratnam Endowment
The S$100 million endowment, named after Singapore’s first and longest-serving Foreign Minister, the late S Rajaratnam, promotes development, peace and stability in Asia by deepening international friendships, promoting regional cooperation, and fostering a greater understanding of international rules, based on the twin pillars of good governance and sustainability.
Youth Model ASEAN Conference
Bringing together 200 student leaders from all ten ASEAN countries to discuss and shape perspectives on regional issues.
Hon Sui Sen Endowment
Named after the former Singapore Minister for Finance, the late Hon Sui Sen, the S$35 million endowment focuses on developing talented individuals in the financial industry in Asia, including policy makers, central bankers, market regulators and financial professionals in public service.
Temasek Regional Regulators Scholarship (TRRS) Programme
Seven Asian central bankers and financial regulators were awarded the TRRS last year and completed WMI’s Master of Science in Wealth Management course.