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Agenda and Minutes -
The 4 Meeting 13/14

Date: Jun 9, 2014 (Mon)
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Room 1410 of HKCSS


1. Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting held on Mar 24, 2014 

2. Discussion:

2.1 Findings from HKCSS membership survey (Appendix 1)

2.2 Feedback and follow up of Family Summit

2.3 Appointment of representative to the Steering Committee on HK Sustainability Hub (Appendix 2)

2.4 WiseGiving donor education event in Q4. 

3. Business Update:

3.1 Caring Company Scheme

3.2 WiseGiving

3.3 Corporate Communications 

4. Any other business 

5. Date of next meeting


Present  :

Ms. Chan Kit Ling (Christian Family Service Centre) – Chairperson

Mr. Mok Hon Fai, James (The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups)

Mr. Cheung Tat Cheong (St. James’ Settlement)

Mr. Peter Lam (Public adminstration and PR expert)   

Mrs. Helina Yuk (Hong Kong S.K.H. Lady MacLehose Centre)

Ms. Yip Yun Wan, Amarantha (Hong Kong Family Welfare Society)

Ms. Ting Suk Yee, Regina (HK Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council)

Ms. Hung Ho Lin, Linda (The Salvation Army)

Ms. Catherine Sing (Power Assets Holdings)


Apologies :

Mr. Lo Wing Ching, Wesley (Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service)

Mr. Chan Wing Cheung, Nicky (Caritas - Hong Kong)

Mr. Andy Ho (Public adminstration and PR expert)

Ms. Sheila Tang (NWS Holdings)

Ms. Cindy Cheung (John Swire & Sons)

Ms. Vivian Fung (Hong Kong Disneyland Resort)


In attendance:

Mr. Cliff Choi (Business Director, PEP, HKCSS)

Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving)

Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations)

Ms. Wendy Luk (Senior Manager, Caring Company Scheme)

Ms. Vanessa Mak (Programme Executive, Caring Company Scheme) – Recorder



1.      Minutes of Last Meeting

The minutes of the last meeting held on March 24, 2014 was adopted.


2.      Discussion
2.1  Findings from HKCSS membership survey (Appendix 1)

  • Mr. Cliff Choi presented the findings from HKCSS membership survey.
  • Members were glad to know that the involvement of organizations beyond NGO sector has been increasing over the past 10 years. Members were also noted that non-HKCSS member NGOs were increasingly interested in HKCSS activities.  At the same time, diverse views had been raised on whether HKCSS should reach to individuals (in particular those working in NGOs) through its communication channels.


2.2  Feedback and follow up of Family Summit (Appendix 2)

  • Mr. Cliff Choi recapped the results of the Family Summit 2014 including the promising number of participants of over 400 and their general feedback.
  • Members participated in the Family Summit 2014 thought the event was successful and shared positive feedback that a useful platform was created to converge wisdom of different professionals on contributing to the well being of families and providing concrete advices to the challenges faced by families. Moreover, Plenary Session IV was especially highlighted that family issues could be addressed and connected from different daily-life angles. Last but not least, they appreciated a lot of staffs from Social Welfare Department attended the event and listened to their views on family issues.
  • On the other hand, members participated in the Family Summit 2014 also revealed that venue (floor set-up and lift) could be further improved. Also, it would be even better if more time could be allowed for more in-depth interactions and discussions at Q&A sessions and breaks.
  • The co-organisers would discuss where futher follow up actions will be applicable.


2.3  Appointment of representative to the Steering Committee on HK Sustainability Hub

  • Mr. Cliff Choi briefed about the progress of setting up of a small staff team and the Steering Committee with the support of the HKCSS Development Fund.  Ms. Catherine Sing was elected as the representative to the Steering Committee on HK Sustainability Hub.

2.4  WiseGiving donor education event in Q4

  • Mr. Cliff Choi and Ms. Christine Kwan introduced the background of the proposed donor education event. It is targeted at middle class from the public.
  • Members suggested WiseGiving could explore opportunities to cooperate with banks in reaching targeted income group and through NGOs to reach donors. However, members were concerned if it would violate Data Protection Principles of the Personal Data Privacy.
  • Members suggested to promote the event in multi channels and tag in heartwarming stories. Admission fee should be avoided in order to attract enrollment, or could be contributed as part of donations.


3.      Business Update
 Caring Company Scheme

  • The Caring Company & Caring Organisation Nomination 2014/15 has been commenced. Regarding the issue raised in the last meeting about whether companies with questionable business nature could be accepted in the Caring Company Scheme, follow-up measures were carried out and updated in the new nomination form, under the part “Considerations on Conferring Awards, Lodging Complaints and Delisting”.
  • Non-HKCSS Agency Members could also submit nominations through online system in 2014/15.
  • Criteria that were common in the Caring Company Scheme and 3 awards organized by the Government namely Volunteer Movement, 2013-14 Talent-Wise Employment Charter and Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme and Family-Friendly Employers Award Scheme would be indicated and highlighted in the Nomination Form 2014/15 .

3.2  WiseGiving

  • Upward Mobility Scholarship of “Future Stars” Project under the Commission on Poverty was completed. 950 students among 363 secondary schools were nominated this year. Secondary school network was further strengthened this year.
  • HSBC Community Partnership Programme 2014 has commenced for application. A total of HKD18 million would be granted through the District Community Programme and Community Partnership Programme. The theme of this year was “Community for All”.
  • The team was working with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong to develop a donation project for the working poor through food assistance. Members suggested providing clearer guidelines on technical support and flexibility in operations in order to attract more proposal submission.


3.3    Corporate Communications

  • There were 3 announcements recently including topics about Social Development Index 2014, Low-income Working Family Allowance and questions toward some social service agencies to provide services for people with different sexual orientations.
  • HKCSS quarterly magazine “Scenario” would be partnering with Sing Tao Daily instead of Ming Pao Daily in the upcoming year due to extensive cost reduction of Sing Tao Daily. More resources could be allocated to other channels’ applications e.g. advertorial on free newspaper, outdoor media and online media to promote Scenario’s contents.
  • HKCSS was partnering with RTHK Radio 5 starting from June to create more dynamic and interactive TV programmes by collaborating on selective issues while arranging possible on-site interviews in different NGO’s activities and events.
  • Potential collaboration with renowned local columnist Leila, Chan Hiu Lui (陳曉蕾) in which HKCSS to be the advisor of her upcoming new book. It would be focused on how Hong Kong could be an elderly friendly city. With this collaboration, HKCSS could facilitate the social welfare/industry news and extend their exposure.


4.      Any Other Business:

  • Ms. Catherine Sing raised the issue on Public Consultation on Future Fuel Mix for Electricity Generation and encouraged members to share feedback by completing the response form before public consultation deadline on June 18, 2014.


5.      Date of Next Meeting

The meeting was adjourned at 6pm. The next committee meeting will be held on September 16, 2014 at 4:00 -6:00pm.