LIN Center for Community Development

LIN's mission is to provide support services to local NPOs, skilled volunteers and donors who are committed to building strong communities. The LIN Center for Community Development serves grassroots not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and individual and corporate philanthropists located in and around Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. By helping local people to meet local needs, LIN aims to promote a healthy environment for philanthropy in Vietnam and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.
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!
Sincerely,
LIN Team

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Aug 8, 2013

LIN Community Center Update 2013

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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: http://www.linvn.org/?mod=content&act=view&cid=33&section=volunteer
  • 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: http://lincenter.wordpress.com/narrow-the-gap-fund/ 
Thank you once again for your support and belief in our vision to build a strong community together!

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Aug 6, 2013

Narrow the Gap Fund 2013 Update!

The youngest LIN staff showing off NTG milestone!
The youngest LIN staff showing off NTG milestone!

News about Narrow the Gap Fund 2013!  

The Numbers

With the support from over 60 good-hearted individuals and companies, the Narrow the Gap Fund has collected $5,000! We thank all of you for helping us bring hope to our city’s children!

However, we still need your help to reach our goal of $15,000 before September. You can help by inviting your friends and colleagues to donate by sharing a link to NTG page on Global Giving or by Sharing NTG Facebook page.

The Projects

14 local not-for-profit organizations submitted their projects to receive grants from the Narrow the Gap Fund 2013. All of these NPOs work with children facing difficult circumstances: some are working with street children, some are caring for orphans, some help children with disabilities or medical conditions and more. Just as the challenges facing children in our city are diverse and numerous, so too are the programs being offered by the NPOs.

LIN’s volunteer Grant Evaluation Committee is now working hard to select five (5) project proposals that they feel are the most impressive based on need, objectives, viability and impact. After that, from August 15-22, it will be the community’s turn –your turn – to vote for your favorite project online. Meet the members of the Grant Evaluation Committee online.

The People

In July, the team of Blah Blah Film Production donated their time and skills to help LIN shed light on the real people and real organizations behind the Narrow the Gap Fund 2013. Quite often images speak louder than words. To view this 2 minute beautiful video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9kd3qJoQKE&feature=youtu.be.

Thank you for helping us bring hope to our city’s disadvantaged children!

Together we can build a strong community!

LIN

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