About The Foundation


The mission of the Foundation is to foster the Tan Kah Kee spirit in entrepreneurship and dedication to education.


Tan Kah Kee's memorial service
Mr. Tan Kah Kee's memorial service

Mr. Tan Kah Kee, a well-known philanthropist and an outstanding Chinese leader in Southeast Asia, passed away in Beijing on 12 Aug 1961. The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, together with 50 other Chinese associations, urged the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry to hold a memorial service for Mr. Tan Kah Kee In view of his invaluable contribution in promotion of entrepreneurship, social reforms, cultural and educational developments as well as political and charitable movements.

The memorial service was held on 10 September 1961. More than 5,000 representatives from over 280 associations and clans came to pay their respects. During the event, the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship Fund was established through donations of S$100,000 by the participants, with the aim of keeping the Tan Kah Kee's spirit of education alive.

Students from the old Nanyang University (Nantah) were beneficiaries of the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship Trust Fund

In April 1968, the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship Fund officially became the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship Trust Fund, offering scholarships for the four higher learning institutions then. However, the small capital of the Fund limited the amount of contributions the Trustees could render.

Tan Kah Kee Foundation
Tan Kah Kee Foundation was formed in 1982

In February 1982, the Tan Kah Kee Foundation was set up when it was granted Institution of Public Character status by the government and was allowed to raise an endowment fund of S$8 million. The mission of the Foundation is to carry on the charity works and to foster the Tan Kah Kee spirit in entrepreneurship and dedication to education.

Exhibition at SCCCI
Exhibition on the Life Story of Tan Kah Kee at SCCCI

In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Tan Kah Kee Foundation, a series of celebratory activities were lined up from 5 to 14 Sep 2002. These activities aimed to promote and further the Foundation's influence on our society, and raise funds for the Foundation to organise more events, so as to help foster the Tan Kah Kee spirit in entrepreneurship and promoting education in this new century.

Pioneers' Memorial Hall
Pioneers' Memorial Hall at ground floor of Ee Hoe Hean Club building

Tan Kah Kee Foundation signed a 50-year joint venture agreement with the Ee Hoe Hean Club, committing to pay the club S$1 million for using the entire ground floor of the re-constructed Ee Hoe Hean building for 50 years. The Foundation would later go on to set up Pioneers' Memorial Hall at the premise.

Tan Kah Kee Spirit of Today
The Tan Kah Kee Spirit of Education lives on

Through these years, the Foundation has been actively engaged in the promotion of education and culture. Its major activities include:

Today, its influence has been extended beyond the Chinese Community in Singapore and has begun to reach out to the region.

Biography of Tan Kah Kee

Management Committee

Honorary AdvisorsYang Chen Ning (Prof)
Lee Yuan Tseh (Prof)
Wang Gungwu(Prof)
Tan Keong Choon (1982 - 2015)
Honorary ChairmanWee Cho Yaw (Mr)
Ho Kiau Seng (Mr)
ChairmanPhua Kok Khoo (Prof)
Vice ChairmanTay Beng Chuan (Mr)
Hew Choy Sin (Prof)
Honorary SecretaryLow Hwee Boon (Dr)
Deputy Honorary SecretaryKwek Leong Chuan (Prof)
TreasurerLeck Kim Koon (Mr)
Deputy TreasurerLim Hock (Prof)
Com MembersChen Kang(Prof)
Chua Seng Chong (Mr)
Goi Seng Hui (Mr)
Lim Chin Joo (Mr)
Lim Yeow Khee (Mr)
Ong Choon Nam (Prof)
Tan Keng Leck (Mr)
Tan Kheng Boon Eugene (A/Prof)
Tan Koon Poh Danny (Mr)
Tan Peoy Gee Peggy (Ms)
Ung Gim Sei (Mr)

Career / Internship Opportunities


Job Requirements:

  • Good command in English is essential
  • Enthusiastic towards educational & cultural activities
  • Good organizing ability and communication skills
  • Able to handle both English & Mandarin speaking clients/ members

Interested candidates for any positions are invited to send in a comprehensive and detailed career profile, stating current and expected remuneration, earliest available date and email directly to shirley@tkkfoundation.org.sg

We apologise that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Financial Information

Tan Kah Kee Foundation is committed to proper, thoughtful management of funds. Annual audits are conducted, and financial information is made public.

View / Download our financial statements:


If you wish to make a donation to the Foundation, you may directly make a bank transfer to: OCBC 501-080360-001

For overseas donations, please use the following information for SWIFT payments:

Beneficiary NameTan Kah Kee Foundation
A/C No.501-080360-001
Bank Address65 Chulia Street, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513

You may also write a crossed cheque to: Tan Kah Kee Foundation. Please mail / courier your cheque to:

Tan Kah Kee Foundation
Level 1
43 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089856

Please drop us a note after you have done so. A receipt will be issued to you. For bank transfers, please include the transaction number.

We thank you in advance for your kind contribution towards furthering the Tan Kah Kee spirit of education.