SINGAPORE - Online donation portal SG Gives has collected more than $13 million for the needy in Singapore last year.
According to a statement, SG Gives, managed by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), says it has seen a steady increase in the total donation amount over the past couple of years.
Since its inception in February 2010, the portal has raised over $43 million for the charities registered on its site.
The number of corporate donors on the SG Gives portal has also increased by 38 per cent from 2013 to 2014.
Singaporean citizen, Mr Iouri Verchok, a Director of an Investment Holding Company who is in his 50s, has been donating regularly via SG Gives since 2010. He has contributed a sum of $10,800 to a variety of charities for 2014.
"I was looking for an effective and easy-to-use platform to donate. SG Gives was a natural choice as it provides a convenient channel for donors to contribute and allows donors to make informed decisions on the charities they give to. I personally support the elderly and children-related causes. Generally, most of us do have some spare cash each week or month. I think, every amount counts, be it big or small. A little goes a long way." said Mr Iouri Verchok.
Currently, SG Gives has registered over 330 charities across various causes like children, elderly, family, arts, animals & environment and sports.
To find out more about the donation avenues, please go to www.sggives.org or www.sgcares.org