Growth of Cat Welfare Society
Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) are charities that can issue tax-deductible receipts to donors for eligible donations.
This means that donors are able to claim tax relief from their income based on the amount donated.
Last year, Cat Welfare Society (CWS) received close to $600,000 in donations. This is more than 10 times what it got in 2009.
It decided to appoint a CEO because it needed someone who could devote time to growing the society. Most of the board members have full-time jobs and they needed a system that would support the society's core functions.
CWS vice-president Veron Lau explained how the society chose Miss Joanne Ng: "We thought it would have to be one of us from the committee, who would quit the day job to commit.
"When Joanne expressed interest in this, we felt she really was the best person, with her financial and management background. Besides fund raising, she would be helping to build a robust operational and governance system that will support our core functions of sterilisation, mediation and education."
In 2009, CWS suffered a series of setbacks negotiating with government agencies on adopting humane practices for the management of cats in the community, as cats were being culled.
The previous Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme funded by Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore was abruptly interrupted in the face of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome pandemic in 2004.
Cat lovers encouraged the society to convince the authorities to stop culling the cats they had painstakingly sterilised, which reverted to the high of over 10,000 cats in a year.
With help from firms such as The Silent Foundation, Kuvera Asset Management, Pet Lovers Foundation, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, CWS inherited an estate from a cat lover last year.
Plans for more fund raisers are on, including the Cats Of The World photo and art exhibition at the Arts House that will end on July 28.
When Joanne expressed interest in this, we felt she really was the best person...
- Cat Welfare Society vice-president Veron Lau on choosing Miss Joanne Ng as the society's CEO