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NATIONAL CONFERENCE TACKLES TIMELY ISSUES AFFECTING THE
VOLUNTEERISM AND PHILANTHROPY SECTOR
Singapore, 25 October 2007 - The National Volunteerism & Philanthropy and
Corporate Social Responsibility Conference 2007 is back. Jointly organised by the
National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and Singapore Compact for
Corporate Social Responsibility, the Conference will bring together a combined
audience of over 500 corporate and non-profit leaders, as well as representatives
from the public sector. The event will be held at the Suntec Singapore International
Convention & Exhibition Centre on 30 and 31 October 2007.
2 Building on last year‟s theme of Doing Good Well: A Winning Formula, this
year‟s highly anticipated dual-track Conference will address the future of Singapore
as a philanthropy hub, following the bold changes to the charity tax laws earlier this
year. With the growth of Singapore as such a hub, the need to develop and
professionalise the people sector by way of capacity building and skills development
is more critical than ever before. The timely issue of restoring public confidence in
the sector will also be addressed.
3 Prominent local and international speakers will engage participants on the
topic of doing good and doing well as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR),
and for non-profit organisations (NPOs), the whole business of doing good well.
Participants can gain insight from top local and international speakers including
Professor Charles Hampden-Turner, Senior Research Associate, Judge Business
School, University of Cambridge; Dr Jane Goodall, Founder - The Jane Goodall
Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace; Mr Tony Elischer, Managing Director, THINK
Consulting Solutions; Mr Jack Sim, Founder/Director, World Toilet Organisation; and
Mr Kenn Allen, President, Civil Society Consulting Group LLC.
4 Lined up for the NPO track are discussion topics on a series of practical and
topical issues, as well as a showcase of cutting-edge best practices. One of the
more timely discussion topics is “Digging Yourself Out of a Hole – Managing a Crisis
to Restore Public Confidence”. This panel discussion is chaired by Mr Viswa
Sadasivan, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Moves Pte Ltd; Mrs Eunice Tay, Chief
Executive Officer, National Kidney Foundation; Ms Hong Woon Young, Executive
Director, Youth Challenge; and Mr Alan John, Associate Editor, The Straits Times.
Other topics that will be discussed include “Time is Money: Using Volunteer Time to
Raise Funds”, “Getting Top Management Support for Volunteer Programmes”,
“Keeping Volunteers and Donors”, and “Singapore as a Philanthropy Hub – What
5 At the same time, the CSR track will examine topics that all businesses and
corporate organisations should engage in, in view of the growing importance of CSR.
These topics include “Global CSR Developments and Initiatives: The United Nations
Global Compact and ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility (SR)”, “Doing Good, Doing
Well – Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility for Better Business”
and “Forging the 3P Partnership (Private-Public-People) - Aligning Business
Competency Towards Sustainable Development”.
6 The Guest-of-Honour for this event, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for
Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Second Minister for Information,
Communications and the Arts, will be launching NVPC‟s latest initiative, Board
Match. This is a programme to build capacity in the non-profit sector by matching
qualified individuals committed to the idea of strengthening non-profit boards with the
NPOs in Singapore. Through this initiative, NVPC seeks to identify committed
individuals from the wide talent pool in Singapore to help in NPO board renewal. It
provides a platform for non-profit leaders to source prospective Board Members
beyond those known to its immediate circle, widening the search to capable
individuals out there who can bring additional resource capacity and skills to the
organisation. Board Match also presents excellent opportunities for experienced
professionals to share relevant expertise, skills and knowledge as a Board member
or member of other Board committees of NPOs.
7 Another highlight of this year‟s conference, which will take place on the
second day, is The Pitch, a real-time contest for three short-listed NPOs to pitch
their causes to a three-judge panel in front of a live audience, who will also get the
opportunity to vote. This year‟s theme is “Community Regeneration towards Persons
with Disabilities”, with The Pitch seeking to honour NPO programmes that empower
persons with disabilities to gain financial independence, and in doing so, facilitate
their integration into the community.
8 Sponsored by UBS, the winning non-profit organisation from the Judges‟
Choice and Audience‟s Choice will bring home S$35,000 and $15,000 respectively.
This is the third year that UBS is sponsoring The Pitch. "UBS is delighted to be
championing the Pitch for the third consecutive year. We believe this novel real-time
giving segment is an excellent and entertaining way for NPOs and corporate donors
to learn what is important to each party and the difficulties faced. This is very much
in line with our regional community focus on helping to build capacity in the
philanthropic sector and improve the way charitable organisations pitch to
philanthropic grant makers. There are many considerations that go into the selection
of an NPO by a corporation. This year, The Pitch will look at a theme of „Community
Regeneration towards Persons with Disabilities‟. We hope this segment will go some
way to help the various parties understand the issues faced and look for ways to
address the challenges from both sides," said Mrs Yeong Phick Fui, Managing
Director, UBS Wealth Management.
9 This year‟s panel of judges for The Pitch comprises RADM (Ret) Kwek Siew
Jin, Chairman of NVPC; Mrs Yeong Phick Fui, Managing Director, UBS Wealth
Management; and Ms Priscylla Shaw, Chairman, Asian Civilisations Museum.
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About the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
NVPC is the national body 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.
We work with non-profit organisations, companies and public sector bodies to
facilitate and strengthen Community Giving efforts through our promotional and
networking platforms, public education programmes, training in volunteer
management (including employee volunteering) and fund-raising, as well as grants,
research and publications.
Visit our website at www.nvpc.org.sg