Community Chest is working with Stripe to enable fully-digital donations for the first time through the production of the Community Chest: Uniting Hearts 2023 Charity TV Show, a live variety showcase fundraiser.
The philanthropy and engagement arm of Singapore’s National Council of Social Service (NCSS) supports more than 200 critical social service programmes that empower adults with disabilities, children with special needs and youth-at-risk, persons with mental health conditions and families and seniors in need of support.
For this latest project Stripe hopes to usher in a new era of digital and cashless giving, in support of the national agenda for digitalisation, as well as in response to donors’ preferences for quick and easy ways to donate.
Audiences will need to scan QR codes to donate using credit or debit cards and PayNow, a popular real time payment option in Singapore.
Donations to Community Chest during the anniversary TV show are powered by Stripe, which offers best-in-class security tools as a certified PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification in the payments industry.
Additionally, all transactions on the Stripe network are 3D Secure (3DS) supported, providing an additional layer of security that requires 2-step authentication so that no payments go through unless they are authorised by users.
Community Chest will also rely on Stripe Radar, which uses machine learning to proactively detect and block fraudulent actors.
“Even if there may be many challenges in doing good for society, using technology to scale and grow shouldn’t be one of them,” said Sarita Singh, regional head for Stripe in Southeast Asia, India, and Greater China.
“Helping Community Chest process its donations quickly, safely and efficiently with our financial services infrastructure is something all of us at Stripe are proud to do our part, especially here in Singapore — our home in the region,” said Singh.
Besides the TV show, Stripe is helping to power other initiatives, including at the Istana Open House by President’s Challenge and Community Chest’s Empowering Lives: Food for Good, amongst many other events and campaigns.
Later in November, Stripe will also power donations for The President’s Star Charity, which is Mediacorp’s flagship fundraiser in support of the President’s Challenge — another key initiative by NCSS.
Globally, Stripe partners with many charities and fundraising platforms including Singapore’s National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (for its Giving.sg platform), and UK’s GiveTap.