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Seminar in Tokyo – Mobilising Human Capital


Nippon Foundation, Tokyo , Japan



Date & time

25 October 2013



25 October 2013


About this event

At a time when global challenges are putting pressure on governments, businesses and non-profit organizations to do more with less, skills-based volunteer programs play a critical role in harnessing the talent of the private sector to help NGOs and communities resolve social, economic and environmental challenges. AVPN would like  you to join us for a seminar in Tokyo on 25 October 2013 to discuss the key issues that can unlock more human capital towards capacity-building of social purpose organisations (SPOs).

This seminar will be led by Fiona Halton, Chair of Pilotlight UK. Panelists Patsian Low (NVPC) and Ikuma Saga (Service Grant) will also share their insights with the roundtable participants.

The seminar takes place after an invite-only roundtable and is based on the theme of mobilizing skilled volunteers. This seminar will start with panel presentations by a local practitioner, followed by a presentation by Fiona Halton, and end with a questions and answers session with the audience. A networking reception will be held after the seminar.

The seminar is open to public.

Date: 25 October 2013
Seminar Fee: USD$50
Venue: Nippon Foundation. Akasaka 1-2-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Event Sponsor

japan foundation

Venue Partner

Seminar Program
16.15hrs Seminar registration opens
16.30 – 18.30hrs Introduction by AVPN and by partner organisationSetting the Stage – local panellist to provide context behind the challenges of mobilizing skilled volunteers to build capacity for SPOsThe Pilotlight Model – Fiona to review the PilotLight model

Questions and Answers moderated by Ken Ito (AVPN Japan Advisor)

18.30 – 19.30hrs Networking reception

About Fiona Halton

Fiona Halton is Chair of Pilotlight and the creator of Pilotlighting – a unique method that enables business leaders to work effectively with charities so that they increase impact. The model also creates a community of philanthropists. Fiona has a track record in establishing and running new organisations. She set up British Film Year which won the British Sales and Marketing Award and was runner-up for Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year. Fiona was part of the team that ran the first Comic Relief which raised more than £13 million. She was acting director of TimeBank and took it to launch – it is now an established, BBC-supported campaign, inspiring a new generation of volunteers.

About Patsian Low
Patsian is Director of the Philanthropy division in the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).  She is privileged to work with a passionate team to provide programmes that promote and engage philanthropy from different donor sectors in Singapore. Some initiatives include the online philanthropy platform www.sggives.org, independent charity analyst reports from the ICAn programme, a quarterly Funders Roundtable, among others.  Patsian also regularly facilitates a module on Assessing Social Impact in the executive course for nonprofit leaders, iLEAP, at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.

About Ikuma Saga

Ikuma SagaIkuma Saga is the Founder and CEO of Service Grant Japan, a leading non-profit organization in the field of pro bono in Japan.  He encountered Taproot Foundation in 2004, and started a few pilot projects in 2005, and incorporated Service Grant Japan in 2009.  Since its launch, Service Grant Japan has successfully organized more than 150 pro bono projects, and gathers approximately 1,900 pro bono workers in Tokyo and Kansai areas.

About Pilotlight

Pilotlight was set up to address the needs of small charities and social enterprises who have the expertise to support their beneficiaries but do not have, and could not afford to buy, the time and skills to develop their own infrastructure. In a survey of small charities, Pilotlight found that only four per cent said they received effective professional help.  Pilotlight then surveyed leading business people and found various barriers, such as being time-poor, which prevented them from offering their professional help. Pilotlight then trialled several models of professional skills-giving and arrived at one that overcame those barriers. More info at: http://www.pilotlight.org.uk/

Event Sponsor

japan foundation

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s public institution dedicated to sharing Japanese culture and language with people throughout the world. By presenting diverse aspects of Japanese culture, the Japan Foundation creates platforms of communication and understanding between the peoples of the world and Japan.

Readings for the workshop:

  • Based Volunteering as the New Executive Training Ground (link)
  • SBV 101_Getting Started (link)
  • Find out how human capital (business skills) can help charities (link)
  • Topical readings – Mumbai (link)

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