The Social Enterprise (SE) Hub was set up in March, with seed capital provided by Tote Board, as a means of enhancing the spirit of social entrepreneurism in Singapore. The 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 unveiled its new Vision and Mission in late 2011. The new Vision and Mission statements serve as direction for the Board in attaining its goal of becoming a leading grant-making organisation.
In November, in collaboration with POSB, the Board launched Singapore's first ever MicroCredit Business Scheme (MCBS). 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.
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, a testimony to its commitment to quality service and pursuit of continuous improvement for the benefit of the public.
2010 also saw the launch of Caring Fleet Services Ltd (CFS), a specialised transport operator for wheelchair users in Singapore. Being a community project, CFS is dedicated towards serving the wheelchair-bound with purpose-equipped vehicles at an affordable price.
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.
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.
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 contributed towards the Sporting Singapore Fund 2 to cultivate sports excellence, promote sports for all and build a vibrant sports industry.
It also set up the Singapore Totalisator Board Social Service Fund for critical and strategic social service programmes, new start-ups and capital funding in the social service sector.
The Board extended an annual grant to all grassroots organisations in support of activities that promote harmonious community life, social bonding, inter-racial harmony and inter-generational interaction.
It also increased its support for the annual President’s Challenge.
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.
The Board started funding the recurrent costs of The Esplanade –Theatres on the Bay.
The Board began supporting the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) on Family Matters!, a public education programme on family, marriage and parenthood.