AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Workshop in Singapore – Mobilising Human Capital


Singapore International Foundation, Singapore, Singapore



Date & time

18 October 2013



18 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 Singapore on 18 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 Singapore 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 Tay Kok Chin (Corporate Giving Council), Peter Yang (Empact), Abhimanyu Talukdar (Operation Smile) and Helen Lim (Silver Spring), 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: 18 October 2013
Workshop Fee: Free
Venue: Collaboration. 60A Orchard Road, #04-01 Tower 1, The Atrium@Orchard, International Involvement Hub

Venue Partner

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 Abhimanyu Talukdar

Abhi is the Executive Director of Operation Smile Singapore Ltd. He has over 15 years of experience in media, fundraising and general management. Operation Smile is an international charity that provides free surgery to children with facial deformities. Abhi oversees activities in 14 partner Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam.

About Helen Lim

Helen is the Founder and Managing Director of Silver Spring, a senior employment social enterprise that aims to help displaced professionals return to the workforce. Prior to that, Helen enjoyed almost 40 years as a (Human Resource) HR practitioner in both the public sector and corporate world, where she was responsible for talent recruitment and Mergers and Acquisition HR issues.


About Kok Chin Tay

Kok Chin is currently the Chairman of the Corporate Giving Council (CGC), which aims to provide leadership, professional guidance, development, support and opportunities for members to address community needs through corporate investment of time, talent and money or in-kind donations. He is also the Vice President of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Singapore and works full-time for Skoolbo, an educational games company.



About Peter Yang

Peter is the Founder and Executive Director of Empact. Peter has extensive experience in advising social enterprises and non-profit organisations in realising their mission. Over the years, Peter has dedicated a significant portion of his time working with different sectors to create valuable community engagement programmes.



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/


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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