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 Hokien 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


Yang Chen Ning



Lee Yuan Tseh



Wang Gungwu



Lim Siew Ming, Arthur

Prof Lim Siew Ming, Arthur


Tan Keong Choon

Mr Tan Keong Choon


Wee Cho Yaw

Mr Wee Cho Yaw


Phua Kok Khoo

Prof Phua Kok Khoo


Tay Beng Chuan

Mr Tay Beng Chuan

Vice Chairman

Hew Choy Sin

Prof Hew Choy Sin

Vice Chairman

Low Hwee Boon

Dr Low Hwee Boon

Honorary Secretary

Ong Choon Nam

Prof Ong Choon Nam

Deputy Honorary Secretary

Lim Hock

Prof Lim Hock

Honorary Treasurer

Leck Kim Koon

Mr Leck Kim Koon

Deputy Honorary Treasurer

Chen Kang

Prof Chen Kang

Committee Member

Chia Ban Seng

Mr Chia Ban Seng

Committee Member

Chua Seng Chong

Mr Chua Seng Chong

Committee Member

Goi Seng Hui

Mr Goi Seng Hui

Committee Member

Ho Kiau Seng

Mr Ho Kiau Seng

Committee Member

Lim Chin Joo

Mr Lim Chin Joo

Committee Member

Shang Huai Min

Prof Shang Huai Min

Committee Member

Tan Keng Leck

Mr Tan Keng Leck

Committee Member

Danny Tan Kooh Poh

Mr Danny Tan Kooh Poh

Committee Member

Peggy Tan

Ms Peggy Tan

Committee Member

Ung Gim Sei

Mr Ung Gim Sei

Committee Member

Career / Internship Opportunities

Executive Secretary

Job Requirements:

  • Diploma or Degree in any discipline
  • At least 2 years' experience in secretarial and administration
  • 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 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: UOB Current Account 123-4567-90

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.