Mentoring to drive social good through corporate giving

Ms Amelia Champion mentors corporate professionals in five-month programme by Company of Good Fellowship

Ms Amelia Champion (middle) with her mentees from the Company of Good Fellowship. PHOTO: AMELIA CHAMPION
Ms Amelia Champion (middle) with her mentees from the Company of Good Fellowship. PHOTO: AMELIA CHAMPION

Ms Amelia Champion helms the corporate affairs unit at energy utility company SP Group. At the same time, she is also a mentor at the Company of Good (COG) Fellowship programme organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre.

The five-month programme aims to empower and develop the top talents in various organisations by sharpening their business perspectives, building leadership qualities and providing greater insight and empathy into the world of corporate giving.

As a mentor in the COG Fellowship programme, Ms Champion is able to engage with her mentees and exchange notes with other mentors. 

The fellowship also gives her access to resources and people who are leaders of corporate giving in different industries, and to a network of people passionate about ‘multiplying goodness’ in the community.

Ms Champion comes with a wealth of experience, having organised several successful corporate outreach programmes.

For instance, at SP Group, staff have been volunteering with Touch Senior Activity Centre on a monthly basis. They visit different centres to assist seniors with their morning exercises, serve breakfast and bond with them over conversation and other activities.

In another outreach project, SP partnered the South West Community Development Council (CDC) in a challenge to encourage residents to save on energy and costs. SP and South West CDC then matched the savings with donations to underprivileged families.

About 700,000 households successfully saved enough electricity to power 160 three-room flats in the first year.

Thanks to these initiatives, SP Group received the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award (Large Enterprises) in 2016, and was conferred the Champions of Good status in 2017.

“Not only does the community benefit, businesses will also gain from enabling staff to bond over purposeful programmes and even inviting their customers to be part of the activities,” says Ms Champion. “My colleagues and I look forward to doing our part for the community and find our efforts well aligned with the company’s mission to enhance quality of life.”

Sharing knowledge for social good

Even though mentoring requires dedication and time as preparation is needed before each session, Ms Champion is committed to the Company of Good Fellowship programme as she believes that “the more we share, the more we learn and grow.”

“Regardless of whether we are fellows (graduates of COG Fellowship programme), mentors, coaches or facilitators, we can draw on each other’s energy and ideas to be more fruitful in our respective giving journeys,” she says.

Ms Champion was recently voted “the most inspiring mentor” by the fellows. PHOTO: NVPC

For mentees, discipline is paramount to make the most out of the sessions. But their efforts pay off as new collaborations and networking opportunities arise. 

Together with one of her mentees from the banking sector, Ms Champion will be embarking on a new community outreach next month with a social service organisation that SP Group has been volunteering with regularly.

Ms Champion’s colleague successfully graduated from the Company of Good Fellowship this year. PHOTO: NVPC

She says,“Both our organisations share common areas of focus in helping the public save energy and cost, care for the environment and foster financial literacy. Together with our staff volunteers, we will be rolling out a sustained programme to build awareness among children and families from a less privileged background.”

Get involved

Ms Champion recommends potential leaders to take a look at corporate giving and how to adopt corporate social responsibility in their organisation.

In her opinion, every business, big or small, can identify avenues to be charitable in meaningful ways and build an ecosystem of helping the less fortunate in Singapore. They can get assistance from organisations such as NVPC, which are equipped to help foster partnerships through various network and programmes.

Ms Champion adds, “If you wish to start your own programme in the community to influence others in making a positive social impact, the Company of Good Fellowship will be valuable in offering additional exposure, insights and experience.”