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 ...
Sep 10, 2013

LIN Community Partnership Initiative 2013

11 teams participating LIN CPI 2013
11 teams participating LIN CPI 2013

LIN’s CPI is a call to companies and skilled professionals in HCMC to apply their professional skills and experience over a six-week period to benefit the community via volunteer placements with one local NPO. LIN Community Partnership Initiative 2013 is generously sponsored by Intel.

Participating companies are provided with great opportunities to apply their corporate social responsibility, at the same time awarded public recognition. Participating NPOs receive skilled volunteer support in a core capacity area that most NPO staff says is their primary weakness. Moreover, the first place winner will receive VND 21 million, which can be used to address the communication needs of the winning NPO.

Activity 1: Mentorship

 Meet & Greet event

CPI 2013 kickstarted on 27 June when participating teams got to know each other for the first time  during the Meet and Greet Event. After a matching process facilitated by LIN, companies and NPOs ranked their choice, which LIN then used for matching the companies and NPOs appropriately and according to each teams’ wishes as much as possible.

Meet the teams_EN

6 week mentorship

During a period of  6 weeks, from 1 July to 15 August, each team worked to create a communication tool that address the needs of vulnerable children and raise the public awareness about challenges they are facing.10 teams have submitted their communications tools. More than 400 people voted for their favorite communications tools. 

Please take a look at the amazing initiatives submitted by 10 teams here:

Activity 2: Capacity building

Besides the one-on-one mentorship, CPI aims to equip the NPOs with basic knowledge about communications and beyond. As a part of the project, LIN worked with 3 companies to hold several workshops and a company visit focusing on improving communications skills for the NPO staff.

These workshops were open to non-participating NPOs who wanted to improve their skills.

Workshop 1: Basic communications skills (Read the article)

Workshop 2: Creating and promoting NPO video clip (Read the article)

Workshop 3: How to communicate effectively with donors 

Visit HSBC Vietnam. (Read the article.)

Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony will take place on 13 September, when the result will be announced.

Example of a communication tool created by BBDO VN
Example of a communication tool created by BBDO VN
Companies and nonprofits at the Meet
Companies and nonprofits at the Meet'n'Greet event


Sep 3, 2013

Target reached, celebrate with us on September 15!

Narrow the Gap Event Poster
Narrow the Gap Event Poster

Dear friends,

Boy, do we have a lot of news to share!

First, the Narrow the Gap Fund, with the help of over 80 amazing individuals and over 20 generous companies reached its target of VND 300 million ($15,000)!

Second, over 2500 people took part in Narrow the Gap Online Vote, which is 10 times more than were were hoping for! The public vote determined that the three top projects that will receive grants from the Fund are:

And third, to celebrate and to meet the staff of local nonprofits behind the three projects, we invite those of you in town to join a fun and meaningful Narrow the Gap Community Event on September 15! The event is designed for adults and children alike. Participate in fun kids collaboration games, visit the book reading and arts & crafts corners, win great raffle prizes, enjoy complimentary food and drinks, take a silly photo, and, in addition, vote for your favorite project! The vote will determine which project receives the largest grant - VND 150 million! To learn more about the event and to buy tickets, click here
Thank you once again for helping us bring a new hope to the children in our city!
LIN Team


Aug 8, 2013

LIN Community Center Update 2013

LIN's Narrow the Gap Photo Contest on Facebook
Dear Friends and Supporters of LIN!

We have a lot of exciting news to share with you! 
Since our last update, LIN received two grants - one from a team of philanthropists in HCMC called the Charity Cabaret Committee and the second from the US Consulate General - which will help to:
  • Equip the LIN Community Center with computers, routers, telecommunications and Internet connection
  • Provide in-depth, one-on-one consultations to our partner not-for-profit organizations (NPOs)
  • Launch a leadership roundtable and a series of much needed workshops for local NPO managers
  • Organize LIN's traditional Narrow the Gap community event on September 15
We also rolled out refreshed versions of two of LIN's traditional programs. 
  • First is Community Partnership Initiative, a program that matches local NPOs with marketing and PR experts to help the NPOs create professional communication materials such as websites, videos, and brochures. With these materials in hand, the NPOs can better tell their stories to the community and attract more donors and volunteers to support their cause.  You can read more about CPI here:
  • Second is the Narrow the Gap Fund, LIN's traditional Community Fund that this year focuses on helping NPOs working with disadvantaged children in HCMC. The idea of the community fund is to bring together concerned individuals and businesses in the community to solve the city's most urgent social problems. Everyone is invited to contribute to the Fund and later to help us decide how the Fund will be spent by voting for their favorite projects online or at NTG Community Event on September 15. To learn more and to support the NTG Fund, follow this link: 
Thank you once again for your support and belief in our vision to build a strong community together!


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