LIN Center for Community Development

LIN connects, consults and inspires grassroots, not-for-profit organizations, volunteers and donors so they can provide sustainable solutions to community challenges. A vibrant and effective third sector is vitally important for Vietnam's continuing progress. LIN provides crucial guidance, networking opportunities and support services to local nonprofit organizations. In just three years, since our launch, LIN is becoming the "go-to organization" for local and foreign donors and volunteers looking to engage in philanthropy in Ho Chi Minh City. At the same time, LIN is the only organization that matches skilled volunteers to support staff at nonprofits that address the needs of ...
Dec 12, 2013

LIN appreciated hundreds of skilled volunteers in 2013

Nearly 300 people volunteered with LIN in 2013.
Nearly 300 people volunteered with LIN in 2013.
  • 292 volunteers contributed their skills to the community via LIN in 2013, generating more than 10,000 volunteer hours, valued more than 240,000 USD.
  • Skills contributed: Communications, Marketing, Financial management, Proposal writing, Fundraising, Translating, Legal consulting, etc.
  • Beneficiaries: 50 local NPOs in Ho Chi Minh City, including LIN

More than 80 people came to LIN Volunteer Day, an event held on 7 December, 2013 to appreciate LIN volunteers who made substantial contribution to the community in HCMC and announce the result of the LIN Volunteer Stories Contest.

The event was organized on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, with the topic: “The impact of skill-based volunteers”.

In her presentation about LIN Volunteer Services in 2013, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc, LIN’s Volunteer Coordinator, said LIN could not be where they were without the help of hundreds of amazing volunteers. “LIN is a not-for-profit organization with a very small team of staff. We could not do what we did this year without the wonderful support from hundreds of volunteers. Their contribution is tremendous to LIN and I would like to thank each and every volunteer who has been helping us!”

In 2013, LIN facilitated and worked with 292 volunteers who generated more than 10,000 volunteer hours to the community, valued more than 240,000 USD. 93 skilled volunteers were matched with local NPOs to mentor NPO staff on various skill sets and support NPOs in skill-based tasks. The skills contributed by these volunteers included communications, marketing, fiancial management, proposal writing, fundraising, translating, legal consulting, etc. Another 31 experts volunteered to lead a workshop or provide one-on-one consultation with NPO staff on organizational management topics. Another 168 volunteers provided direct support to LIN during the year 2013.

The impact of skill-based volunteers was highlighted in the speech of Mr. Mai Bao Trung, manager of Nhan Ai Social work club. In 2013, the volunteer group was matched with a team of employees from MindCaster PR agency who mentored Nhan Ai members on communications skills, and Mr. Nguyen Quy Duc who produced a video clip for Nhan Ai, pro bono. “Skilled volunteers like Ms. Nghi, Ms. Giang from MindCaster and Mr. Duc are invaluable to NPOs like us,” Trung said. “Their experience and expertise enable us to improve our capacity in areas that we are still very weak. I hope there will be more skilled volunteers to help local NPOs like us so that we could do our work better and serve the community better.”

At the event, Ms. Tran Thi Kim Chung, UN Volunteers (UNV) program officer, said that UNV aimed to promote volunteerism for sustainability around the world, therefore UNV supported LIN and its Volunteer Stories Contest to raise the awareness about volunteerism, especially skill-based volunteerism. “We wish to continue to support LIN and the volunteers in many activities to leverage their voluntary contributions and inspire people to act,” she said.

During the Volunteer Stories Contest Award Ceremony, LIN announced the result and presented awards to the best authors. A book of 16 selected stories will be issued in early 2014.

LIN Volunteer Day and LIN Volunteer Stories Contest 2013 were generously sponsored by Irish Aid and Intel, with in-kind sponsorship from ACET, Yoga Living, Yves Rocher, UNV, Zalora, Scott & Bình’s, Au Parc, Sweet & Sour, Wrap & Roll and Coca Cola.

Experts provided consultation to NPO staff.
Experts provided consultation to NPO staff.
Volunteer speakers at capacity building workshops.
Volunteer speakers at capacity building workshops.

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Dec 11, 2013

Narrow the Gap Fund for Children - Funded Projects

1st Place Project - Ceporer Hoc Mon Social Center
1st Place Project - Ceporer Hoc Mon Social Center

From June to September 2013, with the help of more than 80 individuals (including you!), 30 companies and 52 volunteers, over 300 million Viet Nam Dong (about USD $15,000) was contributed to the Narrow the Gap Community Fund to address children’s issues in and near Ho Chi Minh City. Meanwhile, a committee of ten HCMC residents volunteered to evaluate 14 proposals submitted by local, nonprofit organizations and select the five proposals that could best address the needs of children in and near Ho Chi Minh City. The five proposals were posted online in August and over 2,500 people voted for their favorite, which narrowed the finalists down to three. Finally, on 15 September 2013, nearly 340 members of the Ho Chi Minh City Community attended the Narrow the Gap Community Event where they learned about the top three projects and were asked to vote for the proposal they liked most. This last vote determined the size of the grant each project would receive from the Narrow the Gap Community Fund. 

The winners of the three grants were:

  •  First Place (Grant of VND 150,000,000): Ceporer Hoc Mon will use these funds to build a clean water tower that will help improve the quality of life for 161 children from 80 families living in Long Thuan (Long An), where the existing water source has been contaminated by alum. Click here to read the original project proposal.
  •  Second Place (Grant of VND 100,000,000): Nhan Ai Social Work Club will offer life skills training and psychological counseling to disadvantaged children in poverty stricken areas of HCMC. Click here to read the original project proposal.
  •  Third Place (Grant of VND 50,000,000): The Center for Multilanguage Database Kim Tu Dien will use these funds to produce a -Let‘s Learn E-book for visually impaired children at shelters, clubs and schools in HCMC.
    Click here to read the original project proposal.

Compared with 2012, the community doubled their contributions to the fund and increased their level and depth of participation in the Narrow the Gap program. Nevertheless, based on staff experience and feedback from stakeholders, we identified areas for improvement in 2014. For example, we plan to revise the online voting component to ensure that the focus is on quality and we would also like to find ways to further increase the number of Vietnamese companies participating in the fund and event.

Photos from the event, as well as the event program, are attached to give you a better idea about the event. Many more photos are on LIN's Narrow the Gap page on https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/progress-report/new.htmlFacebook.  

Next Step - Site Visits!

During the first week of October, three grant agreements were signed with each of the winners and fund transfers were made (Ceporer Hoc Mon and Kim Tu Dien both received 100% of their committed funds while Nhan Ai Social Work Club received the first of three fund transfers, due to the nature of each of their project). LIN is currently coordinating with the three grantees to schedule visits to the project sites. The first site visit will take place on this Sunday, 15 December.  Supporters to the Narrrow the Gap Fund or Event are invited to join a groundbreaking ceremony for the clean water tower in Hoc Mon (Ceporer Hoc Mon).  LIN is organizing transportation from HCMC's city center to Long An for anyone interested to join the event. Please contact us at: Donor@LINvn.org to express your interest.

Stay Up-To-Date

Narrow the Gap Fund supporters (that's you!) can stay up-to-date by joining LIN's Narrow the Gap Fund page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NarrowTheGapFund)

On behalf of the entire LIN team, I would like to thank you, once again, for your support and for believing that together we can change lives and bring hope to many people in Ho Chi Minh City and our surrounding provinces!

A detailed report (with budget, testimonials, list of donors, etc) is now available on LIN's website (click the link below to access that report).

2nd Place Project - Nhan Ai Club
2nd Place Project - Nhan Ai Club
3rd Place KTD Centre introduces its project
3rd Place KTD Centre introduces its project
Narrow the Gap Community Event
Narrow the Gap Community Event

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Dec 11, 2013

Site Visit to Clean Water Tower Project in Long An

Ceporer Hoc Mon Reps at the NTG Event
Ceporer Hoc Mon Reps at the NTG Event

As a partner in the Narrow the Gap Community Fund for Children, we would like to invite you to join a 15 December site visit to Long An, at the location where Ceporer Hoc Mon is building a clean water tower for children. 

In the presence of community members, local authorities and Narrow the Gap supporters, Ceporer Hoc Mon has organized a groundbreaking ceremony, from 9am to 10:30am this Sunday.  LIN is organizing transportation from HCMC to Long An for up to 10 donors. We will depart from HCMC at 6:30am and return before 2pm. Others are welcome to join the event via their own transportation. 

Are you interested to join this site visit?  Please express your interest by responding to this message and/or emailing LIN at: donor@LINvn.org.  Details will be sent by return email.

The dream!
The dream!

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