About the Charity Council

The Charity Council was appointed in 2007 after the new Charities Act was brought into operation and aims to fulfil the following roles:

  • Promoter – promote and encourage the adoption of good governance standards and best practices, to enhance public confidence in the charity sector.
  • Enabler – help build the governance capabilities of charities to enable them to comply with regulatory requirements and be more accountable to the public.
  • Advisor – advise the Commissioner of Charities on key regulatory issues where there may be broad-ranging impact on the charity sector.

The 7th Council, appointed from 1 March 2019 to 28 February 2021, comprises 12 members, including the Chairman.

9 members are from the people sector, chosen for their expertise in accountancy, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and law. They are also involved in volunteer and charity work in varied fields such as arts and heritage, community, education, health and social services. The other 3 members are representatives from the Sector Administrators, namely that of Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social and Family Development.

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About CTA and CGA

An initiative of the Charity Council, the annual Charity Transparency Awards (CTA) and Charity Governance Awards (CGA) aim to promote good governance and transparency in the charity sector by acknowledging the excellent work of charities, while inspiring others to emulate their best practices.

This is the fourth year of the Charity Transparency Awards (CTA) which recognises charities with good disclosure practices that the Charity Transparency Framework (CTF) recommends. The CTF is closely aligned to the Code of Governance for Charities and Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs), with 9 key dimensions highlighted as key areas for disclosure.

The Charity Governance Awards (CGA) is in its seventh year, first launched by the Charity Council in 2012. The CGA recognise charities that have adopted the highest standards of governance, in line with the Code of Governance for Charities and Institutions of a Public Character. Given that transparency and good disclosure practices are important aspects of good governance, since 2016, only CTA winners will qualify as entrants for CGA.

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