We identify innovative and best practices in capacity building and share available skills, strategies and tools with the nonprofit community. In doing so, we bring in outside expertise to facilitate training and workshops to promote organizational learning.

Existing Standards for Nonprofits
While there are many existing different standards and guidelines to measure the overall effectiveness of nonprofits in the world, there is no one standard we found that is directly relevant to charities in Asia.

Below are examples of some standards that have been widely adopted overseas:
1. International Committee on Fundraising Organisations (ICFO)
2. Council of Accreditation (COA)
3. BBB Wise Giving Alliance

International Committee on Fundraising Organisations (ICFO)
ICFO is an association of over a dozen national accrediting bodies in North America, Europe, and Australia. ICFO has developed a set of International Standards for good governance and management for international non-governmental, or not-for-profit, private organisations that directly or indirectly through subsidiary bodies, raise funds from the public for charitable or public benefit purposes.

ICFO has proposed standards for nonprofit accreditation worldwide. They propose that in each country there be an independent (that is, non-government) monitoring body to evaluate performance against the standards.

Council of Accreditation (COA)
COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. The COA standards apply to private organizations and nonprofits in areas such as administration and management and service delivery. The accreditation process is designed to meet the needs of diverse organizations. An organization is evaluated against best-practice standards, which are developed using a consensus model with input from a wide range of service providers, funders, experts, policymakers and consumers.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (the Alliance) helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. The Alliance produces in-depth evaluative reports on U.S. national charities based on comprehensive standards for charity accountability.

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"The best thing to volunteer in charity is able to meet a lot of nice people. I used to work in Commercial sector, everyone protect themselves. But in charity world, people use their own talents to work for others. In this workshop, I see many professionals try their best to help Silence to improve. They even use their own network to help us. It's really touching."
Lillian Li, Founder, Silence

"Helped clarify issues for the charity - motivated. Very Positive."
Jason Bailey, Secretary of the Management Committee, The Samaritans

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