Global Leader Series for Non-Profits - Breaking Down Barriers to Make Social Change Happen: Building Strong, Effective and Sustainable Social Purpose Entities

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Start Date:

31 Jan 2018

Course Category:

Leadership Development

End Date:

31 Jan 2018

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SIM Performing Arts Theatre

Application closing date : 05 Jan 2018

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Working in the non-profit sector or for a social cause, we want to make social change happen and advance the common good. However, we face significant barriers as a Social Change Agent to improve the lives of individuals and communities around us.

So, what kind of Social Change Agent are you? Is your Social Purpose Entity (SPE ) achieving the envisioned change for which it is set up or getting in the way of Social Change?

We might have the answers!

Solving major social problems is now possible, but the organisations that have been most responsible for making a difference must change significantly.

At a time when we need change more than ever, social purpose entities are being constrained by a slow-moving, institutional and self-interested model. Non-profit leaders are also consistently putting the needs of their organisations above the interests and the needs of the clients they serve.

In most parts of the world, non-profits often have social service professionals trained in working on social problems, but what they do not have as much are people that know how to build world class Social Purpose Entities (SPE).

Furthermore, the most progressive funders want social purpose entities to recognise that there will be profound philanthropic support for social programmes that deliver game-changing impacts.

Join us to learn how to break barriers to develop Great People, Great Infrastructure and Great Programs to create positive social change.

Learning Outcome:

• Be inspired to become a Social Change Agent and take decisive and effective actions to build world class SPEs
• Examine the key success factors in building impactful and sustainable Social Purpose Entities (SPEs)
• Articulate insights that are key for designing innovative social programmes to deliver game-changing Impact
• Interpret Asia’s philanthropic landscape and trends to create financially sustainable SPEs
• Connect and establish new relationships with Leaders, CSR Professionals, Funders, Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators like you
• Be part of the global non-profit (me)volution and conversation

Target Participants:

Anyone who is in the non-profit community or has an interest in the non-profit sector including corporates that embrace Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives

Trainer Profile:

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International—a global network of thousands of social innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders that fund and support social change agents in nearly 40 cities and 8 countries.

With insights from 17 years of this unique vantage point, he is a leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. In 2011 and 2012, Shoemaker was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector” by The NonProfit Times, and in 2013, was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Future in Review. And in 2015, he was the latest recipient of the Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellows Award.

Bernard Fung is appointed Credit Suisse Private Banking Division’s Head of Family Office Services and Philanthropy Advisory Asia Pacific in December, 2011. He joined Credit Suisse in January 2011 as Head of Family Office Services Singapore. In this expanded role, Mr. Fung is responsible for leading the formulation and execution of appropriate family office and philanthropy solutions for local and regional ultra-high-net-worth clients.

Mr. Fung served as adviser, and then as a trustee, of one of the Sainsbury family’s charitable trusts. From 2004 to 2010, he was an executive director of Aquifer Limited, a GBP 50 million programme-related investment vehicle funded by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Together with the first chief executive, he was responsible for the conceptualisation, strategy and on-the-ground implementation of an impact investment programme starting up sustainable food businesses in rural Mozambique (Monitor Institute, 2009). Mozfoods, the holding company for all these businesses, was for several years the only local company whose exports were certified under the stringent European and International food and factory standards.

Mr. Fung is Singaporean and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, both degrees obtained with the highest honours from the Australian National University.

Jason Gan is a Team Leader in the Singapore Market where he leads a team of Client Advisers serving Singapore based UHNW clients and institutions; including various educational institutes and charitable organisations. His expertise includes formulation of strategies for financial sustainability. These includes areas of structuring, portfolio design and investments. He joined Credit Suisse in 2013 as a client adviser. Prior to that he was a Director at Citibank Singapore in a similar capacity. Mr. Gan is a Singaporean and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the National University of Singapore.

Bryan Low is a Vice President/Client Advisor in the Singapore market covering UNHW individuals and institutions from various sectors including education, charities and NGOs. He joined Credit Suisse in 2017, and prior to that was with Nomura Singapore Limited in a similar capacity. He is also an adjunct finance lecturer at Nanyang Technological University.

Mr. Low is Singaporean and holds a Bachelor of Business and Masters in Finance & International Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia.


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This event will be held at:

SIM Performing Arts Theatre
Block D, Level 1
461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491

Fee Remarks:

For Registered Charities and IPCs:
- Early Bird Promotion: SGD 170
- Standard Price: SGD 200

For all other organisations:
- Early Bird Promotion: SGD 420
- Standard Price: SGD 450

Early bird promotion ends on 17 November 2017.
Fees shown above are before GST.


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