Mr. Tan Kah Kee, a well-known Philanthropist and an outstanding Chinese leader in Southeast Asia, past away in Beijing on 12 August 1961. The Singapore Hokien Huay Kuan , together with 50 other Chinese associations, urged the management committee of 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,

With the support from the Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the memorial service was held on 10th September, 1961. More than 5000 representatives from over 280 associations and clans came to pay their respect to Mr Tan Kah Kee. During the event, the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship Fund was established, in memory of Mr. Tan Kah Kee's educational spirit, with the donation of S$100,000 from the participants.

In April 1968, the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship Trust Fund was established, starting to offer scholarship to students from the four institutions then. However, the small capital of the Fund has impeded the activities of the Trustees and has prevented them from participating in a more substantial manner towards the advancement of education. As a result, 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. Through these years, the Foundation has been actively engaged in the promotion of education and culture. Today, its influence has been extended beyond the Chinese Community in Singapore and has begun to reach out to the region.


The major activities include:

  1. Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship
  2. Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award
  3. Tan Kah Kee Forum
  4. University Endowment Fund

Contact Information:

Tan Kah Kee Foundation / Tan Kah Kee International Society
Level 1
43 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089856
email: tkkf@tkkfoundation.org.sg