The office of the Commissioner of Charities (COC), was set up on 1 July 2006, as part of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). It came under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) when it was formed on 1 November 2012. The objectives of COC are:
- To maintain public trust and confidence in charities
- To promote compliance by governing board members and key officers with their legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of their charities
- To promote the effective use of charitable resources
- To enhance the accountability of charities to donors, beneficiaries and the general public
On 17 July 2019, COC and SUSS entered into a collaboration with the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership aims to achieve capability developments to raise the performance of Charities through joint development and delivery of training programmes, such as through the specially curated course titled "COC-SUSS Certificate in High Performing Charities".
The collaboration will also grow the SG Cares movement in Singapore dedicated to support the goodwill of all who live in Singapore to better help those in need. Care can take many forms; spontaneous, informal or organised. From daily acts of kindness to volunteering together with friends, colleagues, neighbours and others - every action matters. Together, we can all play a part, big and small, to make Singapore a more caring and inclusive home for all.