About Us
About who we are, our vision and mission, corporate governance role, as well as our organisation history and structure

History

2013

With the aim of achieving considerable benefits for non-profit organisations and their beneficiaries via Outcome Funding, Tote Board releases its first-ever publication – Outcome-Based Social Programs: A Program Planning & Funding Guide.

Tote Board extended its contribution towards enhancing sports for the communities in Singapore.

The Board relocated from the Singapore Racecourse in Kranji to the new Singapore Pools building, enabling the Board to engage its stakeholders more proactively.

It also attained ISO 9001:2008 re-certification for its core business processes.

2012

Tote Board gave out the fourth and largest tranche of the Tote Board Social Service Fund (TBSSF) over three years.

To help non-profit organisations uplift standards of their middle and senior management staff, the Non-Profit Management Programme for the 21st Century (NPM21 Programme) was launched, in collaboration with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

The first-ever Social Innovation Research (SIR) Forum was held to showcase research projects co-funded by Tote Board, which is part of the SIR Fund.

2011

The Board unveiled its new Vision and Mission, which serve as direction for the Board in attaining its goal of becoming a leading grant-making organisation.

The Social Enterprise (SE) Hub was set up, with seed capital provided by Tote Board. SE Hub provides investment funding and incubational support to social enterprises, with the ultimate aim of achieving positive impact on society or the environment and financial sustainability.

The Board launched Singapore's first ever MicroCredit Business Scheme (MCBS), in collaboration with POSB. The MCBS make available unsecured loans to low-income or unemployed Singaporeans - who may not be able to obtain financing through traditional banking sources - to help them engage in self-employment projects in order to earn a living.

2010

Tote Board launched its revamped website. The design came from a polytechnic student's entry to Tote Board's website design competition.

The Board also received ISO 9001:2008 Certification for its core business processes, in line with its commitment to quality service and continuous improvement.

Caring Fleet Services (CFS), a specialised transport operator for wheelchair users in Singapore is launched. CFS serves the wheelchair-bound with purpose-equipped vehicles at an affordable price.

Tote Board gave out the third tranche of the Tote Board Social Service Fund over three years.

2009

Tote Board initiated and implemented programmes to uplift the capacity of the non-profit sector, particularly the social service sector. It also embarked on an Outcome Management Framework for projects in selected non-profit sectors, through the conduct of workshops and master classes.

2008

The Board re-branded itself as ‘Tote Board’ and adopted a new logo and tagline. The new logo, with its blue and orange hues representing professionalism, trustworthiness, warmth and humanity, also features a unique ‘smile graphic’ that reflects the caring aspect of Tote Board and the happiness it brings to people’s lives. Similarly, the new tagline, ‘Giving Hope, Improving Lives’ manifests the Board’s core purpose and contributions towards society.

2007

The Board made a contribution to the building of the new city campus of School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore. Completed in 2009, SOTA is the nation’s first independent, pre-tertiary arts school offering a unique blend of arts and academic curriculum for youths.

Tote Board gave out the second tranche of the Tote Board Social Service Fund over three years.

2006

Tote Board contributed towards the Sporting Singapore Fund, a fund to realise the vision of creating a sporting Singapore through cultivating a sporting culture among communities, achieving sports excellence and creating a vibrant sports industry.

It also set up the Tote Board Social Service Fund for critical and strategic social service programmes, new start-ups and capital funding in the social service sector.

2005

In support of activities that promote community life, inter-racial harmony and inter-generational interaction, the Board extended an annual grant to all grassroots organisations.

It also increased its support for the annual President’s Challenge.

2004

The Board acquired Singapore Pools (Pte) Ltd from Temasek Holdings. The donation function of Pools was consolidated at the Board, expanding its areas of support to include charity and sports.

2003

The Board funded the recurrent costs of The Esplanade –Theatres on the Bay.

2001

The Board began supporting the Ministry of Social and Family Development (formerly known as the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports) on Family Matters!, a public education programme on family, marriage and parenthood.

1998

To play its part in national education, the Board contributed toward the redevelopment of the Singapore Discovery Centre.

1997

An overseas community programme was launched for students of junior college and institutions of higher learning, with the purpose of building character in the areas of developing resilience and inculcating the spirit of volunteerism among the youths.

1996

The Board started funding towards The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay arts complex, for a period of seven years.

1995

The Board began its partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and subsequently the Health Promotion Board (HPB), on a series of national screening programmes and other public health projects.

1994

The Arts Grant for Schools was launched to nurture the love for the arts from a young age and to support the nation’s fledgling arts scene. The programme, which benefitted all schools and several arts groups, has since been expanded to include the institutions of higher learning.

To complement Government’s effort in promoting research in Singapore, the Board also funded both basic and applied research at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. It also funded a research scholarship programme subsequently to attract talents to carry out their research in Singapore.

1989

The Board embarked on one of its largest donation programmes - Computer, AV Equipment and Library Books Grant –made available to all schools to accelerate the adoption of information technology in schools.

Funds were made available to local polytechnics and technical institutions for developing student and model projects that were beneficial to the industries.

The Board gave its first contribution toward the construction and upgrading of community centres/clubs.

In addition, the Board set up its first reversionary trust fund for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Similar funds were set up subsequently in 1993 and 1996, for the Singapore Dance Theatre and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, respectively.

1988

Singapore Totalisator Board (the Board) was established on 1 January as a statutory board under the purview of the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

It took over the conduct of totalisators and 4-digit forecast draws from Singapore Turf Club. The other core purpose of the Board was to channel the surpluses generated from its business to worthy causes -- towards public, social or charitable purposes, and the advancement of culture, art and sport in Singapore.