Community Resources
Useful materials from our network

Asian Charity Services is committed to supporting you and your team. We collect a number of resources from our network of nonprofit organizations and partners to help you navigate and weather the headwinds.

Resources

Funding

#SupportOurChampions – Community Support Platform

Our Community Support Platform profiles almost 100 small to medium sized nonprofit organisations in Hong Kong, across 9 different service sectors, which serve the community and do impactful work everyday without guaranteed funding sources. We invite potential funders and other resource partners to learn more about our Champion organisations, their impact on their service users, and their current needs, and to connect with them. If you are an NGO and would like to participate in this Platform, please complete this Questionnaire.

Donorpedia – Hong Kong’s first crowdsourced donor directory!

This Donor Directory provides information on more than 540 philanthropic foundations, government grants and funding sources, categorised according to the causes that they support.

Give.Asia – Free Giving Platform

Give.Asia is a free trusted giving platform for people to come together and move causes forward. It has helped more than 20,000 campaigns across APAC, raising more than HKD$6 million by providing a space for charities to receive recurring donations, create fundraising campaigns/events easily and for public to do fundraising for your organisation with a 0% bank transaction and 0 service fee.

Lush Charity Pot Funding

Lush Charity Pot funds small, grassroots organisations that are working in the areas of animal protection, the environment, and human rights. Average grant is around HK$40,000 to HK$70,000 with a maximum of HK$120,000 per project. To apply for a Charity Pot grant, please send an email to campaigns@lush.com.hk with the subject “Application Form Request” and complete the form.

NWS Holdings Charities Foundation Gives Back to the Community

NWS Holdings Charities Foundation encourages registered voluntary or charitable organizations to apply for funding not exceeding HK$30,000 for their projects. The Foundation are interested in empowering the next generation, fostering a volunteering culture and promoting environmental sustainability. Applicants should submit a detailed proposal together with an application form completed. Application form should be submitted at least three months prior to the activity. Click here for the online application form.

Shared Data – Funding Database

Shared Data is developing this database of public and private funding sources for use by social impact organisations.

Guideline

Scholarships to HBS for Nonprofit Executive Education – by March 1, 2024

Scholarships are offered each year for leaders of nonprofit organizations in Hong Kong to attend the “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” program held at Harvard Business School (HBS) every summer. The program “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” will take place on July 28 – August 3, 2024. This is an intensive week of interactive learning during which participants develop a strategic outlook to improve the effectiveness of their organizations by understanding core management concepts, applying these concepts strategically and learning how to implement change within their organizations. Learn more here

Resolve’s 2024 Fellowship theme ‘Adding Life to Years: Upholding Dignity in Aging’ – by March 8, 2024

Aging is an inevitable part of life for all of us. Building from Resolve’s first meta-theme Lifting Barriers and Removing Stigmas in 2018-2020, they embarked on their exploration of the foundations needed for building a better life, through their second meta-theme, Dignity and Social Mobility for All(尊嚴與社會流動). In 2024, they will wrap up this meta-theme by shifting their focus to identifying how Hong Kong can better prepare for an increasingly aging population and ensure that all of us can choose to add life to our years, not just years to our lives. Learn more and apply the Fellowship program here.

2024 American Express Leadership Academy– by February 26, 2024

The programme is designed to support a new generation of Resilient Changemakers from across the ASEAN, Australia, Hong Kong, India & New Zealand. It is for people in the non-profit sector who are intentionally striving to be better equipped to respond adaptively to challenges and keep going in the face of adversity.  Learn more here

Core Competency Framework for Nonprofit Organizations

This document provides a set of five core competencies that helps guide employees to be successful within a nonprofit organization and enables greater transparency within the performance management process. The competencies identify specific employee behaviors and are meant to provide clarity on expectations of a position. They play a critical role in the process of reviewing an employee’s performance, development and advancement.

Foundation Shared Impact: Entrepreneur’s Toolkit & Resources

The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit includes 35+ practical business guides and templates useful for any organization – covering topics from accounting, marketing, funding, and legal to productivity, HR, etc.

GLG Social Impact Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2023 GLG Social Impact Fellowship – an in-depth, two-year pro bono partnership with GLG, the world’s insight network. Dedicated GLG client service teams help Fellow organizations pinpoint their most pressing questions and challenges – and interactions with GLG experts help solve them. And with continued alum support from GLG, the two-year Fellowship is often just the beginning of the partnership with Fellow organizations.

LinkedIn for Nonprofits Resources Hub

The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Resources Hub provides a collection of guides, best practices, and expert advice to help nonprofits make the most of the free features available on the LinkedIn platform to maximize nonprofits’ impact on LinkedIn.

Open Letter to Funders​

The Open Letter to Funders drafted by the NGO Taskforce is here for you to refer to and use in your discussions with your funders. We hope to encourage conversations on trust, multi-year unrestricted funding under flexible conditions and a more complete partnership between nonprofit organisations and their funders.

Summary of Dialogue with NGO Leaders, Aug 19, 2020

This Summary reflects the discussion with NGO Leaders on the challenges they have experienced over the past year, and opportunities we see going forward. Also included in the Summary are the results of a survey which reflect the increased demand for NGO services and access to funding.

The SDG Primer

The SDG Primer, a free course organized by the United Nations, aims to establish a common base of understanding and approach for the UN system in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is meant to inform the programmes and actions of all UN entities, including their engagement with government and civil society partners. 

Voice for Social Good – Guiding Principles for Collaboration Between Nonprofits and Funders

These Principles address some of the most common issues inherent in funding relationships and offer an open-source practical framework, reflecting best practices for achieving collective impact. They are the result of consultations, roundtable discussions, and one-on-one dialogues with both funders and nonprofits in Hong Kong. 

Legal

PILnet – Free Legal Health Check for NGOs

PILnet has partnered with some law firms to provide free legal health check for NGOs to ensure “up-to-date” legal compliance.

PILnet – Employment Manual for Hong Kong NGOs

PILnet and Mayer Brown created the “Employment Manual,” a new resource for NGOs that guides organizations through the life cycle of an employment relationship. This guide is designed to help non-profit organizations and associations in Hong Kong understand and practicably apply labor law principles to their day-to-day operations. It does so by providing practical explanations of basic labor law concepts, how such concepts commonly apply to non-profit organizations in Hong Kong, and what steps your organization can take to minimize risks associated with such concepts.

Policy Templates

Chatteris Educational Foundation – Child Safeguarding Policy

It is critical that nonprofits that work with youth have Child Safeguarding Policies and Protocols which protect the safety and wellbeing of these youth. These policies and protocols also enhance and protect the organisation, making it more attractive to parents, staff and donors. Huge thanks to Chatteris Education Foundation for sharing these Policy Templates and the Reporting Form Templates below.

To download the Policy Templates, click here.

To download the Reporting Form Templates, click here.

PILnet – Anti-Money Laundering Policy Template

More than ever, NGOs in Hong Kong need easy-to-implement policies to navigate the money laundering risks of their operations, including around fundraising activities. In response, PILnet has partnered with Davis Polk to create a template Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policy, specially tailored to NGOs in Hong Kong. The policy provides guidance on key areas such as money laundering and terrorist financing, risk assessments, due diligence, suspicious transaction reports (STR), and record keeping. Click on the graphic to download the AML Policy Template.

Marketing & Communication

Google Ad Grants for Non-Profit

With a TechDonation validation token (can get one from being a member of TechDonation), your non-profit can get a $10,000 USD of in-kind advertising every month from Google Ads, an online advertising solution from Google. You could recruit more volunteers. Attract more donations. And share your story with audiences all over the globe. Click to sign up.

HKGoodPost

HKGoodPost is a unique blogger and media platform focusing in Hong Kong Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Social Innovation. In addition, HKGoodPost also develops a section HKGoodJob for social good related jobs listing for FREE. If you would like to share your social good stories, insights and jobs opening, please feel free to reach out editorial@hkgoodpost.com.

Video for Change Impact Toolkit

This toolkit will show you how to design and strategize for impact in your progressive social change initiatives. It is designed for documentary or journalist video-makers, established Video for Change organizations, and nonprofit organizations that are using or thinking about using video to engage their communities.

Report

Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society – Doing Good Index 2022 Report

The Doing Good Index 2022 is the most comprehensive social impact index in Asia to date, highlighting the factors that drive or hinder private capital flowing towards social and economic challenges across 17 Asian economies. It provides a roadmap of the policies and practices that can unleash this capital by mitigating the trust deficit; leveraging local support; and facilitating cross-sector collaboration. In mapping the landscape of social investment, the study examines four sub-indices: Regulations, Tax and Fiscal Policy, Ecosystem, and Procurement. A section on how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the social sector is also included.

Tax

How Will the Inland Revenue Department Review of NGOs Impact Me?

ACS partnered with PwC to bring the latest developments on Inland Revenue Department’s review of NGO’s tax-exempt status, and their potential impact on NGOs. Click to download the presentation.

PwC’s HK Free Online Tax Health Check Self-Review Portal

PwC HK has launched a free online tax health check self-review portal for charitable organizations to raise NGOs’ awareness of their potential tax reporting obligations before being reviewed by the Inland Revenue Department. Scan the QR code on the left to find out more.

Tax Guide for Charitable Institutions and Trusts of A Public Character

The latest edition of the Tax Guide issued by the Inland Revenue Department is available for download by clicking on the graphic. NGOs should note new paragraphs 12-15 of the Guide.

Equipments & Facilities

Special Venue Offerings from Dream Impact

To accelerate Hong Kong’s impact ecosystem growth and facilitate more and a greater collective impact, Dream Impact has three special venue offerings for ACS members. If you’re interested in any of these offers, or would like to co-host an event with Dream Impact, please reach out to Keith (keith.ma@dreamimpacthk.com) for Lai Chi Kok or Anna (anna.demydiuk@dreamimpacthk.com) for ESG Innovation Lab for more details.

OXUS – Optimized Oxygen System

A donor is looking to donate a system that combines oxygen generation and air conditioning into one machine to improve air quality and well-being, to NGOs or elderly care homes. The system requires installation similar to a split air conditioner and an installation fee is required. If you are interested, please contact ACS via champions@asiancharityservices.org.

Technology

Xero, Accounting Software for Non-profit Organisations

Xero’s simple, not-for-profit accounting software covers accounting essentials. Its standard plan for small business is US$30 per month. As a registered non-profit charity, trust or society you’ll save 25% on your Xero subscription. Free trail for a month is on offer.

Tech for Good

The TechDonation Programme offers donated technology products, from Microsoft, Autodesk, Box, Tableau and Adobe to eligible organisations via the online shop.

Tech To The Rescure

‘Tech To The Rescue’ is a global platform matching technology companies and non-profit organizations. It connects he tech and NGO worlds, so that together they can implement pro bono digital solutions to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Volunteer Management

Guide on Volunteer Behavior Hong Kong 2020

HandsOn Hong Kong, is pleased to provide this Sector Guide regarding volunteer behavior, screening of volunteers and NGO liability, developed pro bono by Stephenson Harwood. We are grateful to the Thomson Reuters Foundation for connecting us with this wonderful law firm as part of their TrustLaw initiative.

Learning and Development Roadmap for Volunteer Management Practitioners

Singapore’s National Council of Social Service has issued a Learning & Development Roadmap on the technical skills and competencies and critical core skills required of Volunteer Management Practitioners, to assist them in identifying competency gaps and increase ownership in their professional development.

Volunteer Recruitment

Time Auction

Time Auction is a charity that advocates volunteerism by encouraging volunteering with inspiring experiences. They have launched a new technology platform to facilitate the skilled volunteers and NGOs matching. You can now sign up to their new platform and post your skill-based volunteer needs. If you’re interested in finding more about their platform, feel free to contact volunteers@timeauction.org !