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AVPN-MCCY Seminar – Workshop Sustainable and Impactful Funding for NPOs in Arts and Sports


The Blue Room, The Arts House



Date & time

25 September 2019



25 September 2019


About this event

AVPN-MCCY Seminar – Workshop
Sustainable and Impactful Funding for NPOs in Arts and Sports

25 September 2019 | 9:00AM – 1:00PM
The Blue Room, The Arts House

For registrations and enquiries, please contact:
[email protected] or [email protected]

Together with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) is pleased to invite you to participate in the seminar and workshop on Sustainable and Impactful Funding for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs).

New trends in social investment, funding and philanthropy are gaining traction worldwide. From impact investing to venture philanthropy, these new trends have enabled organisations with a social mission to grow and deepen their impact. However, they can appear complex and inaccessible.

This convening examines these funding trends and aims to foster an exchange of ideas and explore new opportunities and partnerships for NPOs in the arts, sports and community sectors.

This half day seminar and workshop will run two sessions:

  • Part 1: Collaboration and Funding Innovation Seminar
    The first session will explore sustainable financing opportunities through a funder’s lens. Leaders and champions from the arts, sports and community sectors will share their insights and experiences, and also leverage the platform to discuss strategies that can be applicable in Singapore.
  • Part 2: Theory of Change: Call to Action Workshop
    The second session will be an interactive session designed to guide organisations in surfacing action plans based on their medium and long-term goals. This session will also highlight tangible examples of potential funding sources for NPOs.



Time Programme
Part 1 – Collaboration and Funding Innovation
9:00 am Opening remarks

  • Philip Ong, Deputy Secretary (Community, Youth, Sports) MCCY
9:10 am Sharing on new trends in Social Investment

  • Roshini Prakash, Knowledge Director, AVPN 
  • Emily Perkin, Managing Director, Just Cause
9:45 am  Panel Discussion

  • Status of the Arts, Sports and Community sectors in Singapore, their approach to achieving sustainable funding and how to broaden it.


  • Patsian Low, Chief of Staff, AVPN


  • Fong Yong Kian, CEO Tote Board
  • Lim Teck Yin, CEO Sport Singapore
  • Low Eng Teong, ACE National Arts Council
  • Leon Toh, Executive Director, Damson Capital
10:45 am Tea break
Part 2 – Theory of Change: Establishing and Communicating Your Funding Roadmap
11:15 am  Theory of Change Workshop

  • This session will comprise of a panel discussion to uncover different funding narratives, long-term goals, milestones and indicators as well as best practices for communication with funders. This is followed by table discussions to assist organisations in understanding how they can chart their own roadmap. 
  • Moderator
    • Jasmine Chew, Deal Share Director, AVPN


    • Su-Lin Ngiam, Executive Director, Artswok
    • Victor Pok, Executive Director, Kids Excel
12:45 pm Networking





Roshini Prakash
Knowledge Director, AVPNRoshini brings with her 15 years’ experience in research, strategy and advocacy across the non-profit and international development sector. Her last role was Assistant Director, Knowledge & Advocacy at Singapore’s National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), prior to this, she authored several working papers on philanthropy and social enterprise at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy and supported research and advocacy on aid effectiveness at the Asian Development Bank.

Roshini has a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. She serves as Council member at the Singapore Red Cross Society.

Emily Perkin
Managing Director, Just CauseEmily has over ten years of experience in the social sector as a consultant, staff member, trustee and volunteer. She has been based in Singapore since February 2013 and since then has worked with many charities, social enterprises and donors across the region to provide philanthropy advice and impact assessments. Her wide-ranging practical experience includes conducting large-scale value for money assessments for central government; managing a knowledge network for charities in Japan and Afghanistan; and co-founding an award-winning social enterprise in London. She was Trustee of a recycling charity in the UK for three years prior to moving to Singapore and regularly provides advice and training on impact assessment for non-profit ventures.

Emily has a MA in Japanese Studies from Cambridge University and a Master’s in International Public Policy from Osaka University.

Leon Toh
Executive Director, Damson CapitalDamson Capital invests in Entrepreneurs that the world needs and is dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs seeking to create sustained positive change through enterprise solutions. Leon is the Cofounder of Eden and Elie, a Singaporean Social Enterprise Jewellery company, supporting Autistic Adults where they have been featured in the New York Times Style Magazine and Channel News Asia. Previously, Leon was a management consultant with Accenture Strategy, a Reporter and a Research Assistant with Monash University, studying Coffee Farming Households in Timor Leste.

Leon has served on various Boards of Social Enterprises, Non-Profits and Charities in the areas of Education, Water, Sanitation and Social Enterprises Development in Asia.




Low Eng Teong
Assistant Chief Executive (Sector Development), National Arts CouncilLow Eng Tenor was trained as a visual artist and graduated from art colleges in New Zealand and Australia. He holds a Masters in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Eng Teong joined the education service in 1995 and served as a teacher, senior curriculum specialist and principal. In 2015, Eng Teong joined the National Arts Council as Director, Visual Arts Development where he oversaw the review of the visual arts sectoral plan and the management of Gillman Barracks visual arts precinct. He is currently the Assistant Chief Executive for the Sector Development Group overseeing the Literary, Visual and Performing Arts sectors. He also serves on the board of Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and STPI Gallery & Creative Workshop.
Lim Teck Yin
Chief Executive Officer, Sport SingaporeMr Lim Teck Yin was appointed to Sport Singapore as Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2011 after 30 years of command and staff assignments in the Singapore Armed Forces.

At Sport Singapore, Mr Lim developed a new master plan for Singapore sport – Vision 2030, which has consequently set the strategic direction for Sport Singapore’s work plans and organizational development since 2012.  Vision 2030’s tenet on partnering the public, private and people sectors in nation-building through sport has informed Sport Singapore’s integrated strategy across mass participation, high performance and infrastructure efforts. Mr Lim also led and managed major projects spearheaded by Sport Singapore including the delivery of the 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015.  Under his leadership, Sport Singapore also launched ActiveSG, the national movement for sport, which has attracted over 1.7 million members since its launch in April 2014.

Fong Yong Kian
Chief Executive, Tote BoardMr Fong Yong Kian joined Tote Board as its Chief Executive in January 2014. He brings with him over 25 years of experience and expertise serving in the public sector. His career in the public sector began in 1989 at the former Ministry of Communications and Information. In 1996, he moved to the Ministry of Finance and later assumed Director (Taxation), where he was in charge of formulating taxation and revenue policies.

Between 2001 and 2008, Mr Fong worked in various positions in Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Finance, including the post of Director, Singapore Immigration and Registration (SIR) Department. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in August 2003, for the role he played in combating SARS. Mr Fong was Director-General of Singapore Customs from 2008 to 2013 and Singapore Customs attained the prestigious Singapore Quality Award in 2012.




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