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Call for Proposals - Tote Board Case Study Collaborator


About the programme

In 2016, Tote Board launched the three year “Case Study Collaborator” programme to commission a series of case studies, with the aim of building capacity and capability in the non-profit sector1 in Singapore. The case studies (expected to be 20) are to be developed over 3 years. 

The case study should place the reader in the driver’s seat of a non-profit that faces a situation that include opportunities, challenges, dilemmas and possible pathways in key corporate areas including governance, leadership, human resource, branding and marketing, innovation, IT, cost efficiency, service delivery etc. 
So far, 10 case studies covering non-profits from sectors such as community health, social enterprise, philanthropy, ex-offenders etc have been commissioned.  The list of completed case studies can be found here.


Tote Board aims to enhance knowledge and learning within the non-profit sector through the development of case studies in Singapore.


• Enhance learning for non-profit organisations
• Encourage a culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration
• Foster innovation / development of new models
• Adoption of best-in-class practices for better programme and service impact

Selection process

Call for proposals

The call for proposals in FY2017 is opened till 12.00pm on 10 July 2017. Shortlisted organisations shall be requested to present to the Tote Board Case Study Selection Committee.

Eligibility Criteria 

• Singapore based Institutes for higher learning, Research based organisations, Network organisations, Consultancy firms (corporate/non-profit)2
• Be able to develop and complete the selected case studies within a year, including the conduct of dissemination/learning workshops, in consultation with Tote Board and relevant sector partners
• Prior experience in working with the non-profit sector is preferred.


Applications close on 10 July 2017. Selected partners shall be informed of the outcome by September 2017, with the case study workshops to be held from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.


Selected organisations will: 
• Identify key areas/themes related to the non-profit sector;
• Develop case studies based on the identified themes, with learning areas. The case study should rely on primary sourced interviews with key personnel from non-profits in Singapore and individuals of interest.  
• Conduct workshop/learning session(s) with non-profit organisations to share case studies and disseminate learning. The following are expected:
     (1) Workshop/learning session(s): Workshop participants from at least 20 different non-profit organisations based in Singapore 
     (2) Impact: At least 70% of workshop participants rate “strongly agree” or “agree” when giving feedback on whether the case study is useful or relevant. 


Tote Board has set aside $750,000 over 3 years (FY2016-FY2018) for organisations to develop around 20 case studies for the non-profit sector in Singapore. 10 case studies have been awarded so far. 

Other guidelines

• Intellectual Property rights to be owned by creator of case studies, but to grant Tote Board a perpetual license (e.g. to publish cases on Tote Board’s website, or used by other capacity building organisations such as Social Service Institute for teaching)


Interested organisations may refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please contact Oliver Loke at Tote Board at should you have any further queries.

Tote Board- Case Study Collaborator – Application Template 

Please submit your application to Tote Board using the following template by 12.00pm, 10 July 2017. Please include any other relevant information. 


  • Organisation Name and Address
  • Type of organisation e.g. charity, company limited by guarantee, private limited etc.


  • Vision and Mission
  • Management team profile and staff strength
  • Key programmes/initiatives
  • Sources of income


  • Outcomes
  • Proposed theme/s for the case studies
  • Research methodology and format of case studies
  • Organisations that you will be working with/collaborations
  • Implementation timeline and duration that your organisation is interested to develop case studies
  • Unique value proposition of the project

Key Personnel

  • Details of key staff/ liaison who will be working on the case studies


  • Costs per case study (including teaching notes) including manpower costing
  • Please provide breakdown as far as possible


  • Name
  • Designation
  • Email Address
  • Contact Numbers


1The non-profit sector (including social enterprises) for the development of case studies includes 6 sectors- social service, education, health, arts, sports and community development

2Excluding VWOs and NPOs who are direct service providers