Temasek Trust was established in 2007 as an independent trustee to provide financial oversight and governance of philanthropic endowments and gifts by Temasek, an investment company based in Singapore. The Trust is responsible for the disciplined and sustainable disbursements of the endowments and gifts to Temasek’s six Foundations, which in turn are guided by their respective strategic thrusts and mandates to drive their community programmes.

The six Foundations are Temasek Foundation International, Temasek Foundation Cares, Temasek Foundation Connects, Temasek Foundation Nurtures, Temasek Foundation Innovates and Temasek Foundation Ecosperity.

Endowment gifts from Temasek are initially co-invested with Temasek. When the endowments reach critical mass, the Trust may appoint other third party fund managers approved by Temasek.

The Trust is governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees, comprising Chairman Mr S Dhanabalan, Ms Euleen Goh and Mr Ng Kee Choe from Singapore.

Temasek Trust, together with the six Foundations and Temasek Foundation Management Services, form the Temasek Philanthropic Platform. Temasek established the Platform to better serve the evolving needs of the wider community, reinforcing its approach to sustainable giving. To date, over S$2 billion has been committed for community initiatives, which have since touched the lives of more than 300,000 people in Singapore and across Asia.

Temasek is guided by the three roles in its Temasek Charter, which defines it as an active investor and shareholder, a forward looking institution and a trusted steward. As a steward, it has a stake in the well-being of the wider community and exercises good stewardship by safeguarding its past reserves, investing for the long term and contributing to the community at large.

Since its inception in 1974, Temasek has established 17 endowments, which focus on building people, building communities, building capabilities and rebuilding lives. Beginning in 2003, Temasek instituted a policy of setting aside a share of its excess returns above its risk-adjusted cost of capital for contributions to the wider community in Singapore and beyond.