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

Community Support Platform - #SupportOurChampions

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. Click on the graphic to find out more.

Financial Subsidy for the Needy Mentally Ill - Apply by January 1, 2023

Fu Tak Iam Foundation, Chow Tai Fook Foundation and Shih Wing Ching Foundation will subsidize the needy mentally-ill in Hong Kong who have financial difficulties to receive psychiatric treatment and psychological services in private practice. Applicants who are on CSSA will be provided with a full subsidy. Other low-income users will be subject to a means test, and will need to pay a small fee. Psycho-education, mindfulness, and exercise programs will also be provided via New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and other NGOs. Please click above on the project name for more information or contact Ms Ashley Ko (Social Worker at NLPRA) - 3552-5286 / ashleyko@nlpra.org.hk

HK Electric’s 'Smart Power Care Fund' support NGOs with various programs and subsidies

HK Electric’s 'Smart Power Care Fund' will provide subsidies to alleviate the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and underprivileged families. The 'Energy-efficient Community Subsidy Programme' provides NGOs for the provision of education, community, welfare or transitional housing services with full subsidy up to HK$300,000. The 'Smart to Care Subsidy Programme' provides NGOs for the provision of caring, rehabilitation or residential services to the elderly, children or persons with disabilities, with the full subsidy up to HK$300,000. HK Electric also provides a subsidy capped at HK$30,000 for each eligible NGO community centre operating in HK Electric's supply territory to purchase food and beverages from "Care and Share" SME caterers for activities serving underprivileged families and the needy. Click for more details.

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. The online form can be found here: https://www.nwsfoundation.com.hk/ApplicationForm/en. Please click for further information.

Shared Data - Funding Database

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

Guideline

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. Click on the graphic to download.

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. Click on the graphic to read and download the framework.

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.​

Open Dialogue with NGO Taskforce and Nonprofit Leaders

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.

Legal

Mayer Brown - The COVID-19 ‘Vaccine Pass’ and Proposed Amendments to the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance

Click on the graphic to learn more about the proposed amendments which deal with employment issues arising from the recent 5th wave of COVID-19 cases.

PILnet - COVID-19 Practical Guidance & Legal Assistance

PILnet has gathered a series of up-to-date resources with practical guidance on certain operational challenges that NGOs may be facing during this time, including FAQs on Covid-related liabilities and employment law. These resources are not intended to provide, nor should it be relied on as, any legal advice. Please contact PILnet directly should you require specific (free) legal assistance.

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. Click on the graphic to download the Employment Manual.

Policy Templates

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.

Chatteris Educational Foundation - Child Safeguarding Policy Templates

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. They may be downloaded by clicking on the graphics.

Chatteris Educational Foundation - Child Safeguarding Policy: Reporting Form Templates

The Reporting Form Templates are available for download by clicking the graphic.

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.

HKUST Student Volunteer Support for Google Ad Grants

Interested in having trained HKUST student volunteers to work on your Google Ad campaign in November and December 2022? If you have an active Google Ad Grant account and is interested, please reach out to sabrina@ust.hk directly to find out more.

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.

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.

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. Click on the graphic to download the report.

Tax

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.

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.

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.

Tech

Tech for Good

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

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. Please click for more details.

Volunteer

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. You may click on the graphic to view the Roadmap.

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 !