NGO Training
Preparing NGO leaders to meet ongoing challenges

How We Serve NGOs

We help NGOs to be more capable and give better service to beneficiaries by providing free management training workshops and consulting services. We are dedicated to serving NGO leaders, those who serve.

NGOs experience high demand for their services but have limited resources. How do you grow your organization to make a sizeable impact? What new skills can you and your team acquire to be more effective, efficient and sustainable?

We offer a variety of workshops with expert trainers and skilled volunteers – all at no charge. We prepare today’s NGO leaders to meet ongoing challenges and make a greater impact in their communities.

Through more than 900 sessions, ACS has served more than 700 NGOs. We have trained and supported more than 2,000 NGO leaders representing a broad range of social causes across Hong Kong and Asia.

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Stories

Be Brave: The Significance of Service

Jaclyn Jhin, the new Chief Executive Officer of Asian Charity Services, is a woman of action, and a woman of service. Other than being a seasoned veteran in both legal and financial fields, Jaclyn has been an avid volunteer for her entire life.

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Kindness Walks: Walking the talk

Known as Asia’s World City, Hong Kong is the beautiful, cosmopolitan place we call home. It might be a surprise to learn that Hong Kong has a staggering poverty population of over one million. This translates to roughly 20 per cent of residents living below the poverty line…

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An Interview with ACS Volunteer John Jamison

Since 2019, John Jamison has played a crucial part in designing ACS’ curriculum for some of its programs, facilitating NGO leader discussions, and contributing to project development. John researches organizational behavior and employee burnout at the HK University of Science and Technology’s Business School. Read full interview

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Asian Charity Services defines Capacity Building as actions taken to create a positive impact on the organizational capacity and members of the nonprofits, thereby improving the overall effectiveness of how the nonprofit delivers its services and how it impacts the community.

ACS provides pro-bono, project-based training specifically for the leadership team of nonprofits. Current core programs offered include Strategic Planning, Board Governance and  Fundraising. All projects are based on a pre-designed curriculum. We currently do not provide individually-customized consulting services.

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ACS programs are not designed for newly set-up nonprofits that have been in operation less than one year. Our programs are developed to empower nonprofit leaders to work through common strategic and organizational challenges. High impact nonprofits prepared to evaluate and tackle such internal as well as external challenges may have need of ACS services.

ACS works specifically with the leadership team of NGOs. As such, executive directors, board members, as well as key senior staff are invited to participate in the workshops.

We aim to work with small to medium sized nonprofits that are making real and recognizable impact in the local communities through the programs they offer. Our ACS training programs are NOT designed for start-up organizations, but rather, they are for organizations that are going through an inflection point in their growth: for example, organizations may be looking to breakthrough long-standing challenges or to renew their strategic focus. Nonprofits are also selected based on factors such as their overall track record, their readiness to change and the leadership team’s overall engagement level.

Here is an estimation of the time you need to commit to our training series.

Engage: 6-20 hours over 9-week depending on whether on not your NGO moves ahead with the program.

Sprint: 1 hour orientation + 9 hours on Hackathon day.

Ignite: 2 hours topical orientation + 4 hours seminar execution.

Ascend: 12-18 hours over 5-8 weeks.

The ACS curriculum is strategic in its tone, and does require participants to familiarize themselves with basic strategy and business concepts throughout the training process. Generally speaking, we require both the executive director and the board members to approve, and be fully committed to, the training process. In addition to sending four participants from the leadership team to the three 3-hour workshops, nonprofits are advised to schedule internal meetings in between the workshops to discuss and synthesize the workshop outcomes, as well as to resolve strategic development issues. The process is recognizably intensive, yet highly rewarding.
ACS’ priority is to bring about a renewed way of thinking and perceiving to the leadership team of a nonprofit on how to build it up. The training and consultancy are designed to be a catalyst to trigger transformation, ACS does not provide support to nonprofits to implement their plans, however, ACS volunteer consultants may, at their option, choose to continue to support strategy implementation.
Asian Charity Services will schedule for our volunteer consultants to visit with nonprofits six months after the completion of the workshops to assess how well the nonprofits are implementing their plans.
The ACS curriculum is developed as a train-by-doing model to enable nonprofits’ leaders to tackle organizational challenges in a structured and systematic process. This discipline of planning and problem solving is a learned skill which ACS aims to impart to the leadership of nonprofits through the use of the internally developed ACS curricula as well as through the invaluable input of ACS volunteer consultants with business know-how and professional expertise.
Participation in ACS workshops often builds up significant momentum within the leadership team of nonprofits and board members generally become much more engaged in supporting the organization’s development as a result. Some have observed a greater degree of alignment in their mission and strategic direction, which impacts how the team would more effectively implement programs and plans. The insights and reflections generated through the joint discussion with volunteer consultants from the corporate sector lead the nonprofits’ leadership teams to rethink their positioning and to re-focus their strategy to maximize impact.

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