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Q1: What is capacity building?
Q2: What type of training is offered by ACS?
Q3: What types of nonprofits would benefit from ACS training?
Q4: Who from our organization can participate in the workshops?
Q5: How are organizations selected for the Pro-Bono ACS training projects?
Q6: How much time do I need to commit?
Q7: What is the level of difficulty of the curriculum? What kind of commitment is needed for the workshops?
Q8: Would ACS help with implementing the strategy plan?
Q9: Will there be any further follow-up after the three workshops are completed?
Q10: As a nonprofit leader, what can I expect to learn through the ACS process?
Q11: How can my team benefit from the workshops?




What is capacity building?
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.

Read more about CAPACITY BUILDING


 
 
What type of training is offered by ACS?
Asian Charity Services provides Pro Bono project-based training specifically for the leadership team of nonprofits. Current core programs offered include the Strategic Planning Project, Board Governance Project, Fundraising Strategy Project, etc. All projects are based on pre-designed curriculum. We currently do not provide individually-customized consulting services.

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What types of nonprofits would benefit from ACS training?
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 nonprofits' leaders to work through common strategic and organizational challenges, so high impact nonprofits prepared to evaluate and tackle such internal as well as external challenges may have need of ACS services.


 
 
Who from our organization can participate in the workshops?
ACS works specifically with the leadership team of the nonprofits. As such, executive directors, board members, as well key senior staff are invited to participate in the workshops.

 
 
How are organizations selected for the Pro-Bono ACS training projects?
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.

 
 
How much time do I need to commit?
For each project series, the total time commitment required is approximately 10-14 hours total for the mini-consulting segment for the entire nonprofit team. And an estimated 23 hours total (including 9 hours of workshops, 4-6 hours of pre-workshop preparation, and the remainder hours for post-workshop reviews) for the workshop series itself for each charity representative.

See PROGRAM FLOW


 
 
What is the level of difficulty of the curriculum? What kind of commitment is needed for the workshops?
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 of 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.


 
 
Would ACS help with implementing the strategy plan?
ACS' priority is to bring about a renewed way of thinking and perceiving the ways to build up an organization among the leadership teams of nonprofits. 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.

 
 
Will there be any further follow-up after the three workshops are completed?
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.

See PROGRAM FLOW


 
 
As a nonprofit leader, what can I expect to learn through the ACS process?
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 curriculum as well as through the invaluable input of ACS volunteer consultants with business know-how and professional expertise.

See WHY PARTNER WITH ACS


 
 
How can my team benefit from the workshops?
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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"ACS and its volunteers have presented us with an invaluable gift - how we can better execute the mission of CSW! We have been challenged and changed. We are revitalized and determined to implement the ideas that we have learned."
Anil Stephen, CEO, Christian Solidarity Worldwide HK

"This is a nice workshop that brings me positive value and constructive ideas to further develop our charity work. Many thanks to the volunteer consultants, they have led our discussion smoothly."
Eva Chan, Consultant, Joyful (Mental Health) Foundation Ltd

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