We do many things at SIF.

And often we get questions about what supporting artists with grants has anything to do with volunteering in underprivileged communities or holding networking sessions in major cities.

So this is what we do: we bring people together, to do good.

We build enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, and harness these friendships to enrich lives and effect positive change across the world.

We make friends with folk like Vietnamese social worker Vũ Thị Ngọc Hoàn, who stays in the homes of people living with HIV/Aids to persuade villagers not to shun them; Danish social entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne, who’s trying to change how the world thinks about autism; Singaporean doctor Ng Kee Chong who helps Cambodian doctors to save children's lives.

Bankers like American Raya Papp, who after volunteering with our Water for Life programme for a week went on to take a six-month sabbatical so she could work full time with our partner NGO in Cambodia. Artists like Singaporean Michael Lee and Briton Bob Matthews, who continued their collaboration after their Artist-in-Residence Exchange programme had ended, furthering their cross-cultural exploration of the human condition.

These are some of our friends, and some of the good we do together.