Vanessa Tan






Not for Profit


Jan 2021 - Sept 2023

A social worker by education and fundraiser by training, Vanessa specialises in strategic communications  and philanthropy. Her contributions to the nonprofit sector earned her a JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (Singapore) Award in 2015. She is currently pursuing her second Master degree – Executive MBA programme at the University of Oxford while leading the donor development team at one of the largest nonprofits in Singapore.

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Posted by: on February 25, 2021

Life in Not for Profit: When a Failed Negotiation can be a Matter of Life and Death

Trigger warning for: violence, suicide. The author references using negotiation skills learned on the programme in a real-world situation of a domestic violence intervention. I recently handled a family violence case involving a mother with young children who was almost strangled to death by her spouse. The children witnessed this and, unfortunately, previous violent episodes […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2021

Embarking on Oxford EMBA Journey during the Pandemic

What an extraordinary year 2020 has been. The global pandemic has affected all of us. Being in the nonprofit space, I am acutely aware that COVID has also disproportionately affected people who are resource-scarce in many parts of the world. For instance, during the Circuit Breaker period in Singapore, children from low-income families were affected […]

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