AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Workshop in Hong Kong – Mobilising Human Capital


Mini Theatre at The Good Lab, Hong Kong, China


Hong Kong SAR China

Date & time

21 October 2013



21 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 to invite you to a workshop in Hong Kong on 21 October 2013 to discuss the key issues that can unlock more human capital towards capacity-building of social purpose organisations (SPOs); these include:

  1. How to make a convincing business case to employers?
  2. What SPO needs can be effectively met by skilled volunteers?
  3. How to meet the personal and career development needs of the volunteers?
  4. What engagement structures between skilled volunteers and SPOs work well in Hong Kong and overseas?
  5. Assessing impact – how to produce substantial value for the SPO?

This workshop will be facilitated by Patsian Low, Director of Philanthropy at Singapore’s National Volunteer and Philanthropy Center and Fiona Halton, Chair of Pilotlight UK will be the international workshop leader.  Pilotlight is an intermediary focussed on mobilizing skilled volunteers; they currently work with 280 corporate clients and as of 2012, have impacted 3335 SPOs in the UK.

Patsian and Fiona will be joined by local workshop leaders Nancy Yang (Asian Charity Services), Francis Ngai (SVhk) and Ricky Yu (Light Be), who will help stimulate active discussion with their perspectives.

To provide for a more productive dialogue at the workshop, we have invited participants representing the following function/roles: SPOs, skilled volunteers, CSR managers, intermediaries facilitating volunteer matching, social investors.  Capacity for this workshop is limited to 30 persons.

All participants to the workshop are by invitation.  Please register your interest to participate via email to Chelsea Chen ([email protected]) if you would like to join us for the workshop.

Date: 21 October 2013
Workshop Fee: Free
Venue: Mini Theatre at The Good Lab. L1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street, West Kowloon

Workshop Program
12.30hrs Workshop Registration opens
13.00 – 14.15hrs Introduction by AVPN and by partnersSetting the Stage – local workshop leaders to provide context behind the challenges of mobilizing human capitalThe Pilotlight Model – Fiona to review the PilotLight model, addressing questions along the way
14.15 – 14.45hrs Networking break
14.45 – 16.00hrs Breakout discussion to review the key issue areas related to mobilizing human capital effectivelyReporting back and close

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 Nancy Yang
Nancy is Founder and Executive Director of Asian Charity Services, a non-profit that offers pro bono business consultancy and training to high impact non-profits in the community.  Prior to this, Nancy was the Chief Strategy Officer for a mobile gaming company in Beijing; and has worked as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, specializing in business and organizational strategy for multinationals and local conglomerates operating in Asia-Pacific.



About Francis Ngai
Francis is the Founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk), the first non-profit venture philanthropy organization dedicated to support and nurture social innovation in Hong Kong since 2007. Prior to this, Francis was Assistant Vice President/Head of Strategy at PCCW. He is now also a visiting lecturer at university, a column writer and member of a few government advisory bodies.



About Ricky Yu
Ricky is the Founder and CEO of Light Be. Ricky has about twenty years of business experience and was the General Manager for the Hong Kong office of a leading multinational direct selling company. With the support of SVhk, Ricky came up with the idea of Light Home rental scheme serving both property impact investors and single-mother-families in need.



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/  

Roadshow Partner
 The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is the national body in Singapore that promotes and develops volunteerism and philanthropy, functioning as a first-stop centre, catalyst and networking agency to foster the giving spirit in Singapore, whether of time, money or in kind. The Philanthropy in Asia (PIA) Summit aims to promote and deepen knowledge that advances effective and sustainable philanthropy in Asia’s social space. More info at: http://www.nvpc.org.sg/


Event Partner

Founded in 2007, SVhk innovates social change by applying a dual-engine model: SVhk Capital and SVhk Foundation. SVhk Capital is the city’s very first venture philanthropy fund dedicated to providing financial and non-financial support to high-impact social ventures in Hong Kong; SVhk Foundation is a charitable organization promoting social innovation culture and incubating innovative social solutions. More info at: http://www.sv-hk.org/


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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