The Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) distributes funds (collected within the AWA events and generous sponsors throughout the year) to selected Hong Kong charities and non profit organisation that offer effective solutions to existing pressing social problems. Targeted groups involve: Children and Youth; Low-income individuals; The Disabled; Women and Girls; The Elderly.
All CDC members are volunteers without vested interests in the evaluation process.
Though the official recruiting begins every September at the Welcome Back Coffee, those willing to enrol are invited to register throughout the year.
CDC launches a call for applications (in English) on a yearly basis. All terms and conditions are made available in the application itself accessible on the website throughout the year. Whether a 1st time applicant or a previous grant recipient, qualified applicants are invited to submit their proposals within the specified frame.
Once the proposals are collected (end of September), the volunteers break in teams and visit 3-5 applicants during (October-November) to learn about the organisation, the cause and methods as well as the beneficiaries. All proposals are assessed during one (December/January) meeting according to a standard set of criteria coupled with past experience, if any.
Volunteers impart their findings of the visited charities, and decide collectively how can the allocation of the entrusted money be best distributed, catalysing positive and sustainable difference in Hong Kong. Since the donations amount is known in Spring, the CDC members grade the proposals and depending on the financial availability that year, distribute the grants accordingly.
All in all, there are four CDC meetings culminating in an AWArd Tea ceremony which celebrates the charities and the volunteers, paving the path to more understanding and synergies.
We are looking for women caring about Hong Kong, exhibiting integrity and willingness to learn.