President’s Challenge celebrated its 15th anniversary on March 2015 at the President’s Challenge 15th Anniversary Commemorative Dinner held at the Istana. During the event, President Tony Tan recognised 32 organisations and individuals who made special contributions to the causes supported by President’s Challenge through the years. Dr Tan also highlighted the importance of establishing a strong community in nation-building. President’s Challenge would now seek to play a bigger role in nurturing stronger communities by expanding support for programmes beyond the social service sector and to encourage all ages to get involved in community work.
On September 2015, Dr Tan initiated the President’s Challenge Silver Volunteer Fund, which supports beneficiary organisations by building up their capabilities so they can boost senior volunteerism and encourage seniors to stay active in their communities. President’s Challenge will be raising part of the $40 million fund needed to recruit an additional 50,000 senior volunteers by 2030.
In 2015, President’s Challenge with the support from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) initiated the “Start Small Dream Big” project to inculcate positive values in pre-schoolers and encourage them to give back to society. Through community service projects, over 62,000 children have participated in the annual project and raised more than $450,000 since the project’s inception.
In the same year, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) took over the function of President's Challenge Secretariat and overseas the secretariat duties, fundraising efforts and volunteerism drive under President's Challenge. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Principal Private Secretary to the President continued as co-chairs of the President's Challenge Steering Committee.