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.
Nov 4, 2013

LIN's Narrow the Gap Fund for Children - Update 2

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.

 

We are pleased to announce the winners of the three grants:

  •  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.

 

The guests attending the Community Event also voted for the theme for the Narrow the Gap Community Event 2014, which will focus on EDUCATION  (145 votes!).

 

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


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). In the coming months, LIN will coordinate with its Narrow the Gap partners to schedule visits to each of the three grantees’ project sites and update supporters by way of the Narrow the Gap Fund page on Facebook and Blog. If you are in HCMC or planning to be in HCMC between now and March 2013, please let us know if you would like to join a site visit.

 

LIN achieved three out of four of the objectives that were set for the Narrow the Gap Fund and Event focusing on children’s issues and we partially achieved the fourth objective. 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.

 

 

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!

 

For further information, 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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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: http://www.linvn.org/?mod=content&act=view&cid=36&section=volunteer&lang=vn&lang=en

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

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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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