12 December 2019 – Give Wisely-Select Great Charities and make your Philanthropy Impactful

give wisely

Location: Lifelong Learning Institute

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Learn how to make the most of your philanthropic assets; money, time and skills, and how to help and not hinder.
About this Event
Join us for a philanthropy workshop to learn how to make the most of your philanthropic assets; money, time and skills, and how to help and not hinder.

We will cover the different strategies that funders are using to select causes and charities. For example, we will cover principles of evidence-based giving and discuss the pros and cons and discuss whether it can apply to your giving in Singapore and regionally.

We will cover basic principles of shortlisting good charities in Singapore using publicly available information (eg governance checklist, charities’ annual reports and charity portal).

We will also cover the expectation gaps between charities and funders and discuss ways to bridge them and how you can use your philanthropic dollars and skills to be a force of good to also assist charities in their effort to become great organisations.

The workshop will draw on real life case studies and use a mixture of discussions and group activities. There will also be many hands on exercises.

Learning outcomes:

• Introduction to the principles of various giving strategies being used worldwide to select causes and charities

• Discussion on the relevance, strengths and weaknesses of each strategy for your giving

• Introduction to the basic principles of shortlisting good charities in Singapore

• Introduction and hands on exercise to the existing resources that you can use to help you in your shortlisting

• Learn about the expectation gaps between charities and funders

• Introduction to The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

• Learn how you can potentially help instead of hindering charities

Who should attend:

This practical workshop is designed for funders (eg CSR professionals, foundations) to provide them with knowledge and hands on exercises to give and select charities wisely.

Instructors’ Profile

1) Pauline Tan is the founder of Soristic. She has been a consultant for funders and non-profits and has also conducted a number of philanthropy related research. Her co-authored philanthropy related publications include

• Philanthropic Foundations in Asia – Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and Chia

• Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

• Philanthropy on the road to Nationhood in Singapore

• Innovation in Asian Philanthropy

She was also part of the team that set up an information portal for giving circles in Asia.

Besides philanthropy research, she conducts social sector research on topics including mental health, poverty, social enterprise, early childhood and microfinance. She has also conducted evaluation for organisations (e.g. Civil Service College, Helpage Asia, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, Community Foundation of Singapore) in Singapore and the Southeast Asia region as well as developed Social Value/Outcome Frameworks for funders to measure the social values/outcomes of their grantees. Between 2012 and 2014, she was responsible for evaluating and shortlisting charities for the Charity Governance Award in Singapore.

Workshop Details

Date: 12 December 2019, 10am to 5pm


$480 for Early Bird Ticket before 31 October 2019

$600 for General Admission Ticket after 31 October 2019

(payable via Paynow or Cheque) [registration is now closed]