FAQs

Important numbers

Quick FactsStatistics
Number of children and their families served in 2019567
Most common childhood cancerLeukaemia
Overall survival rates for childhood leukaemia86.9%
The largest age group of children newly-diagnosed with cancer0-4 years old
No. of children diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2019194
Average number of children diagnosed with cancer each year (2015-2019)164

Funds

 Who decides how funds are used within CCF?

Ans: We have a Management Committee that decides on fund allocation for various programmes, projects and activities at the beginning of each calendar year.

Does CCF get government funding?

Ans: No, we raise our own funds. We have been supported by the Corporate Community, Civic Organisations, Schools and generous individuals who help raise funds for CCF.

We are registered as a member of the National Council Social Service and is also an Institution of Public Character (IPC). The IPC status enables us to provide tax deductible receipts for direct donations.

How are these funds raised?

Ans: About 60 – 70% of our annual fundraising target is from individuals, school and corporate organisations. The remaining is through our own fundraising activities.

What percentage of the direct charitable expenses is expended to our beneficiaries?

Ans: About 90% of the funds are expended directly to our beneficiaries in the form of Financial Assistance, Casework and Counselling, Therapeutic Play, Childhood Cancer Transplant Programme, Caregiver Support Programmes, Educational talks and workshops, Social and Recreational Programme, training and research amongst others.

Why does CCF need to keep reserves?

Ans: Reserves enable CCF to continue serving the families at the current level of intensity, uninterrupted. Our reserves policy of three times of operating expenses will allow us to help as many families as possible.

For more information on our financial statement, you may refer to our annual reports here.

Community Partnerships

What is CCF’s relationship with other volunteer organisations?

Ans: As an independent Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO), the Children’s Cancer Foundation has no affiliation to other VWOs, local or otherwise. However, we do work closely with the following organisations on a frequent basis:

Club Rainbow Singapore

CCF and Club Rainbow have a close and long-standing relationship. In the past, we had co-hosted the annual camp for our children – Camp Sunshine.

VIVA Foundation

CCF has been the Learning Partner of St. Jude Viva Forum since its inception in 2006. The support represents CCF’s commitment to collaborate with like-minded organisations such as VIVA Foundation in impacting the lives of children with cancer in Singapore.

National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)

There is a close and supportive relationship between us. We support some of NCCS’s initiatives for childhood cancer related events and activities. In addition, CCF is represented on the social work oncology network – an initiative of the medical social service of NCCS. While NCCS works more with adults with cancer, we focus on serving children with cancer and their families.

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

We are a member of NCSS, but do not receive funding from them.

Singapore Children’s Society

Both organisations help children in different areas. They are an additional community resource in the event that CCF’s beneficiaries require services we do not offer, like marital counselling and school social work service.

Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)

CCF enjoys a supportive relationship with SCS, and we have a good understanding of each other’s target audience. While SCS services adults with cancer, CCF helps children with cancer and their families.

Staffing

How many full-time staff does CCF have?

Ans: CCF has more than 60 staff located at our Family Resource Centres at KKH, NUH, and in our Community Office at Novena Specialist Centre.

How does CCF ensure expertise in support functions?

Ans: As a firm believer of staff capabilities, staff are strongly encouraged to pursue continuous learning, self-development and skills upgrading.

Additionally, in-house training is another focal point in ensuring that our staff are well-equipped for their roles.