July to Sept 2021

SECTOR RESEARCH
Knowledge development to support your work in the charitable sector

 

Launch of a course on "introduction to philanthropy" in two universities

PCP has taken the initiative of introducing an academic course on Philanthropy in collaboration with two leading Universities of Pakistan: SZABIST Islamabad and Fatimah Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi. Both universities have offered a 3-credit hour's course; open for undergraduate students in the Fall Semester scheduled to start in October 2021. The objective of the course is to enhance the knowledge and involvement of youth in philanthropic activities and prepare them to become skilled development practitioners in future. The course will be taught jointly by PCP's experienced research staff and faculty members of the Universities.

A MoU has also been agreed upon between PCP and FJWU. Ms. Shazia Amjad, Executive Director PCP, and Dr. Saima Hamid, Vice Chancellor FJWU, signed the MoU in a ceremony held at FJWU.


PCP's blog-post for WINGS

In her latest blog post for WINGS Executive Director PCP explains how charitable giving by individuals residing outside Pakistan can be used as a private social investment tool for bringing economic and social transformation in the country.

The Blog can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/3Ac3pAO


PCP's article in the newspaper

A newspaper article entitled "Economic Dimensions of Philanthropy" was published with the main thought to highlight why would someone who works hard for his or her money simply turn around and give to others without expecting any return?

The Full article can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/2ZLjlxo


Consultative session with corporate entities

PCP prepares Corporate Philanthropy Survey (CPS) report annually to document the philanthropic donations of the business sector for various social causes in Pakistan. Each year, PCP also presents awards to the three top giving companies as per volume of donations and as percentage of PBT to acknowledge their interest and contributions to support social sector development in Pakistan.


This year, PCP aims to incorporate new information and analysis in the report to enhance its utility and relevance to the corporate sector. For this purpose, a consultative session was held on 11 August 2021 to seek consultation and input on areas that are of interest to the companies. The representatives of five leading companies, I.e., Engro Foundation, Dawood Herculus Corporation, HBL Foundation, Crescent Steel & Allied Products Limited, and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) participated in the session. Many innovative ideas emerged from the discussion for improving the content and quality of the report. Major suggestions were to present the contributions of business companies beyond numbers and look into the motivations behind giving and highlighting specific case studies as best practices model. Both parties agreed to conduct such sessions more regularly to share views and learn from each other for more productive outcome.


Pakistan Giving Index (PGI) 2021 PCP Certified NPOs at a Glance PCP Internship Program

Pakistan Giving Index (PGI) is the first-ever study initiated by PCP to shed light on the giving behavior of Pakistanis. Deriving from the methodology of the World Giving Index by Charities Aid Foundation, the study is based on a perception survey of about 2000 respondents across Pakistan to give their opinion and views on giving practices.

The findings inform that overall Pakistanis demonstrate a generous giving behavior as more than 80% of the survey participants reported giving charity in some form and helping the poor in need during the past 1 year. The report will be published in November 2021.

 

PCP's Certification Program covers various steps of NPOs evaluation starting from the submission of application to the approval for certification. The whole process captures information on their year of registration, governing legislation, thematic areas of work, accounting reporting system, and geographical location.

To highlight salient features of the certified NPOs, a brief report on the process of certification and the certified NPOs has been prepared to present at a glance picture of the sector. The paper can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3A8u7KE

 

PCP Research Unit's work plan includes involvement and capacity building of youth in philanthropic and community development activities. In this context, a three month internship program was offered to students to join PCP to improve their skills and professional learning.

Two undergraduate students from the Economics department of NUST availed the opportunity and worked with research and communication units for six weeks in August-September, 2021


NPO CERTIFICATION
Strengthen your organization and showcase excellence

   
Despite Covid times, PCP's NPO Certification team is working tirelessly to ensure timely presentation of NPOs' evaluation reports to the certification panel members who're participating online.PCP, the body approved by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for the certification of nonprofit entities in Pakistan, has granted certification approval to as many as 51 organizations during July to September 2021.

 

Certification panels held during July September 2021

Sr #

Date

No. of Cases Presented

No. of Cases Approved

1

27-07-2021

20

12

2

10-08-2021

18

11

3

30-08-2021

19

12

4

29-09-2021

20

16

Total

77

51

 

Beyond tax benefits, PCP Certification Stamp helps to bridge the information and credibility gap between grant-makers and grant-recipients, builds NPOs' capacity to meet international standards of Governance, Transparency & Accountability and last but not the least, build a credible pool of nonprofits that are reliable and effective development partners.


Consultative session on ICT charities registration, regulation & facilitation act

A very fruitful discussion took place on the ICT Charities Act 2021 which was arranged by DRI Pakistan with PCP certified Islamabad based NPOs. All the participant NPOs agreed to support and facilitate the NPO specific legislations being introduced (& to be introduced) at the provincial and federal levels so that they could continue to help the Government in social development areas.

To make the legislative process more effective, the idea of consulting NPOs while drafting legislations for non-profits was also brought up during the discussion.

PHILANTHROPY SUPPORT SERVICES
Making partnerships and grant-making more efficient

 

Meeting of the newly formed Panagah Advisory Council (PAC)

Meeting of the newly formed Panagah Advisory Council was held at Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Headquarters. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister's Office of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation & Social Protection, Senator, Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the meeting. Being a council member, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy was represented by its Executive Director, Ms. Shazia Amjad.

The Advisory Council has been assigned the mandate to provide valuable oversight on policy and strategic direction, institutionalization of audit and accountability systems, improving the quality of delivery, scalability, and sustainability of Ehsaas model Panagahs.


 

Live session on the launch of a course on "introduction to philanthropy"

 

Executive Director PCP, Ms. Shazia Amjad, in a live session on August 20th at SZABIST Islamabad and Zab FM 106.6 discussed a need to introduce course on philanthropy in universities and impact it can have on the society at large.

Recording of the session can be watched here: https://bit.ly/3BxD7uw


A grant of $150,000 to Akhuwat

The S&P Global Foundation approved a grant of US$150,000 to Akhuwat in support of COVID19 relief outreach in Pakistan. These funds will assist in efforts to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers; distribute ration packages; and supply COVID-19 testing kits to low-income and vulnerable communities.

This is the second year that the Foundation has supported the Akhuwat Corona Imdadi Fund to address the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.


Hashoo Foundation (HF) has its donation page on G2A website

Another PCP certified NPO, Hashoo Foundation (HF), became partner under G2A's Friends Fund Program. This makes a total of six PCP certified NPOs who have donation pages on the G2A website featuring their projects/ programs and have the facility to receive overseas donations.

 
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