AVPN workshops aim to build capacity in the social innovation sector

Author

Alfred Poon Alfred Poon

Date

January 7, 2015

On 9-10 May 2013, AVPN is hosting its first ever venture philanthropy conference.

The conference will bring together leading professionals and thought leaders to Singapore to discuss, deliberate and exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences on the conference theme: “Creating Social Impact: Blending Philanthropic and Investment Capital”.

On the second day of the conference, AVPN has also organised a series of optional workshops that participants can choose to register for. As part of the Network’s persistent efforts in promoting and building capacity in the venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship sector, it has arranged for these workshops to be conducted immediately post-conference on the afternoon of 10 May 2013. The four workshops look at different topics and issues pertaining to the venture philanthropy sector and the diverse themes addressed include theory of change and assessment of social impact, social impact measurement, fundraising from ultra high net-worth individuals and scaling up for social enterprises.

The first workshop, titled “Theory of Change & Assessing Social Impact”, will be led by Lance Potter, the director of evaluation for New Profit, a venture philanthropy organisation in Boston. Lance is also principal at Evaluation Strategy Partners, a consulting practice providing services to philanthropies, nonprofits and government. This workshop will lay straight the theory of change creation and reveal the value of a strong theory of change for start-ups as well as established social programmes. In this workshop, participants will get hands-on practice developing a theory of change and in exploring how monitoring and evaluation are a natural extension of this strategic planning process. It will pique the interest of investors in social programmes, philanthropists, government funders, social entrepreneurs and social programme staff.

One of the other workshops, “Social Impact Measurement – Getting from where you are to where you want to be”, looks at how attendees can use social impact information to achieve their organisational goals. This will form the basis of a practical plan for moving from where the attendees’ organisations are to where they want to be. Attendees will be required to complete a questionnaire exploring how information they use is collected. This workshop will be led by Jeremy Nicholls, the chief executive of Social Return on Investment (SROI), a membership organisation for individuals, organisations and companies supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value.

Raising capital from high net worth individuals is a wholly different proposition compared to raising money from organisations, and the workshop on fundraising will help attendees learn how to maximise prospecting efforts in the ultra high net-worth markets. “Fundraising from High Net-Worth Individuals” will be led by Mykolas Rambus, the chief executive officer of Wealth-X, a leading provider of qualified prospects and intelligence on ultra high net-worth individuals. Wealth-X works with eight of the top 10 global private banks, leading educational institutions, not for profits and luxury brands. This workshop promises to be exciting and attendees can walk away with three to five new UHNW prospects and the knowhow to connect with them.

Scaling up is a theme that is often talked about when it comes to venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. It is now accepted by most that social enterprises can be more effective through scaling up because of the extent of the development challenges confronting us today. “Scaling Up For Social Enterprises” is a workshop led by Cliff Prior, chief executive officer of UnLtd UK, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, with guest presenter, Grace Sai, chief executive officer and co-founder of The Hub Singapore, a community and co-working space for entrepreneurs. This workshop will help attendees understand their business and impact models, raise the right finance at the right time from the right people, and to also understand the markets and customers.

The four workshops promise to be rigorous, engrossing sessions with plenty of discussion and lively debate. They present an opportunity for conference attendees to become participants and to express themselves freely and to learn about the nuances of these four diverse issues from experienced practitioners. Conference participants are encouraged to use this platform for the exchange of ideas and views in what we hope will be a fulfilling experience.

Register for the workshops here: http://www.avpn2013.com/avpn-workshops/


About Author
Alfred Poon
Alfred Poon Technology Lead AVPN

Alfred Poon is Technology Lead of AVPN's Knowledge Centre.

He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications.