NVPC’s Company of Good and A Good Space collaborate with corporates and changemakers to encourage active citizenship

The second edition of “A Good Pitch” returns with a fresh pool of innovative projects ranging from combating social inequality, sexual assault, and supporting marine biodiversity, couples facing infertility, children and youth and seniors.

1 February 2019, Singapore – How can we do more for the social issues and communities we care about, without waiting for the government and institutions to do it for us?

In partnership with National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) Company of Good initiative and A Good Space, A Good Pitch returns for the second edition tomorrow, 2 February 2019 at NVPC. Each year, A Good Pitch give away $1,000 grants to 5 changemakers to kickstart innovative projects for the social issues and communities they care.

NVPC’s Deputy Director, Corporate Giving, Quek Shiyun said, “We are happy to catalyze this platform together with A Good Space for the first time. A Good Pitch presents a unique opportunity for companies to go beyond traditional giving models of donations and one-off volunteering by collaborating with active citizen changemakers. In the long run, we hope to see companies implementing A Good Pitch in their workplaces, to inspire their staff to do more for the social issues they care about, with the support of their company.”

40 changemakers will pitch innovative projects ranging from combating social inequality, sexual assault, and supporting marine biodiversity, couples facing infertility, children and youth, seniors, and more.

Highlights of the projects:

  • 3417 BikeFIX – changemaker Malcolm Chen from Merdeka Generation uses bike repairs as a way to engage differently-abled, seniors, vulnerable groups. It aims to use hands-on bike repair workshops to engage and build self-esteem in the differently-abled, seniors and youth-at-risk.
  • Bonde Cise – interesting format using Malay Dance to connect older malay women not keen in fitness and at risk of chronic illness
  • Doctors and Answers – app that allows subscribers to access live-chat doctors at very low rates
  • Through Your Eyes – photo exhibition allowing person to experience a day in the life of a person from lower income background

73 year-old founder Malcolm Chen is the oldest changemaker this time round and hopes to continue to create positive change well into his golden years. “My late mother taught me that giving is my moral responsibility as a citizen, so I am doing what I can,” said Mr Chen, when asked about his motivations for joining A Good Pitch.

A Good Space – a community of changemakers championing diverse social issues

“We wanted to create space for ordinary citizens to come forward to create positive change,” said Nominated Member of Parliament, Anthea Ong, founding curator of A Good Space.

At the showcase, members of the public can meet the passionate changemakers and hear their stories; explore volunteer opportunities and refreshing ways to give back; find collaboration opportunities for social initiatives; and learn how changemakers pitch and win the grants.

The inaugural edition last year saw 43 changemakers from all walks of life come forward with their ideas for Singapore, from a group of 16 year-old students to a pair of 77 year-old grandfathers. Amongst the five winning teams were Lynn Chia, Ho Xin Er, Nowell Ng and Hilary Tan, a group of final year undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University.

A survivor of sexual assault, Ms Chia started The Standby Collective, an online campaign to educate the public on how to respond to cases of sexual harassment and assault on public transportation.

“Beyond the grant, we also got access to a community of like-minded changemakers, mentorship and resources that helped us to bring our project to life,” said Ms Chia, last year winner.

On 2 February 2019, 40 changemakers will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges comprising of leaders from the business, civil society and non-profit sectors. Alongside the pitch will also be an exhibition where they get to showcase their ideas to members of the public, volunteers, funders, companies and collaborators. Please visit A Good Pitch website for details: https://agoodpitch19.peatix.co… and Annex for the list of judges.

For media queries and interviews, please contact:

Jessica Chai Pei Shan

NVPC, Lead, Comms and PR

HP: 9823 8554

Email: peishanchai@nvpc.org.sg

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About NVPC

NVPC is a non-profit organisation promoting a giving culture in Singapore through catalysing development in volunteerism and philanthropy to build a City of Good. We facilitate partnerships with non-profits, companies, public sector bodies and individuals to enliven the giving ecosystem within Singapore.

We curate and celebrate stories about giving to inspire and encourage more to take action. We conduct research on giving motivations and behaviors, create roadmaps and landscape of the giving sector, and aspire to be the go-to-place for giving. We honour and recognise giving champions who demonstrate that giving is part of Singapore DNA. We connect and convene networks and build communities to impact the giving space on a national level.

Visit:www.nvpc.org.sg

Company of Good

Company of Good looks to build a community of givers and ignite a giving movement through corporates. We inspire and activate companies to give strategically, sustainability and with impact, benefitting both businesses and the community. Companies can tap on opportunities to acquire knowledge, build capabilities, network and collaborate through our various programmes and initiatives. Company of Good is brought to you by the NVPC.

Goodness is the business of every organisation.

www.companyofgood.sg

About A Good Space

A Good Space is a community of changemakers creating immersive experiences to help the public expand perspectives across diverse social issues. It supports changemakers to do more good by connecting them with one another for collaboration, enabling them to touch more lives through partnerships with organisations, marketing and media opportunities and physical space for their events.

Website: http://www.agoodspace.org

Annex:

Members of the judging panel consists of:

1. Leon Toh, Executive Director, Damson Capital

2. Marc Goh, Founder, Design Prodigy

3. Sharon Eng, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Maybank

4. Pratibha Kurnool, Community Outreach & CSR Consultant, Cognizant

5. Anthea Ong, NMP, and Curator of A Good Space

6. Ibnur Rashad, GUILD

7. Bill Bannear, ThinkPlace

8. Daniel Tay, Food Rescue

9. Douglas O’Loughlin, Civil Service College

10. Darrel Lim, Director, Director of Parternship, NVPC

11. Lenard Pattiselanno, Director of Corporate Giving, NVPC

12. Ng Soek Mun, Director of Strategy, NVPC