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Community Giving: Redefining the Equation

08 January 2015

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Alfred Poon

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The community giving landscape is changing. A shift has begun in the way that people support non-profits and social enterprises and is moving from pure financial support and investment, to looking at how professional skills and time can be donated to create a more meaningful and sustainable social impact. Community giving is definitely being redefined. Empact leverages on the power of time and skills as a tool to enable powerful social change. In partnership with the movement towards impact investing, Empact believes that professionals donating their skills empowers social organisations, builds their capacity, and allows for sustainable growth. In turn, this allows the social organisations to do what they do best – reaching the most vulnerable and needy in our communities. This form of donation of professional skills is known as skills-based volunteering or pro bono service. Empact will be organising Redefining Community Giving – a series of activities which includes a research study on the state of skills-based volunteering in Singapore. The series will culminate with a conference in October. The one-day conference takes place on 9th October and is aimed at raising awareness of wider community giving and developing participants’ understanding of what this looks like in practice. The conference will feature corporations and social organisations, which are already engaging in wider community giving practices. Social investments can be amplified by complementing them with skills-based volunteering. There will also a half-day workshop on 10th October for corporations, foundations and investors who are looking for the practical tools to enable them to implement skills-based volunteering into their organisations or the organisations that they are supporting. For more information click here or visit www.empact.sg/redefiningcommunitygiving.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

Author

Alfred Poon

Engagement Manager

Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. 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

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