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 ...
Jan 24, 2013

LIN Painting Party:building Home for NPOs together

LIN's New Home!

Dear Friends and Supporters of LIN!

We are thrilled to announce that LIN has found a perfect new Home for Vietnam’s NPOs! It is a two-story house with enough space for all of the activities LIN has planned for the next 2 years. We can already envision the community center we have been dreaming about since 2009: a large room that can be used to organize workshops for NPOs and our monthly Second Chance Store; space for one-on-one consultations with NPOs, volunteers, and philanthropists; a small NPO library; LIN staff offices and more...

Like many new houses, ours is in need of some repairs, investment and warming up! As part of that process, the LIN Team would like to invite those of you who are in Vietnam to help us make the space more beautiful and give it some life before Tet! 

Will you join LIN’s Painting Party on Saturday, 2 February, between 9am and Noon?

The doors will be open all morning for you to drop-by, check-out the new place, catch up with LIN team members, help us paint and decorate the house ahead of the Tet holiday and learn what we have planned for this new Home.  We will have festive refreshments, hourly tours of the new space (9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am), a chance to share your own dreams for LIN, and even some safe art activities for kids.

When: 2 February (Saturday) - feel free to come anytime between 9:00am and 12:00pm

Where: 180/47 Nguyen Huu Canh, W22, Binh Thanh District (map attached)

To help us prepare enough creative tools, please RSVP by email or phone: 84-83-824-6091.

Can’t join us on Saturday but you would like to support LIN's new Home for NPOs? Our New Year Lights fundraising campaign runs until 9 February. That means you still have time to:

We hope to see you on 2 February and we wish you well with your own Tet preparations too!


LIN Team

Note: Since 2009, the LIN team leaned on many companies to provide free or discounted office space for our team and venues for our meetings and events. We are so grateful to the companies that were willing to share their space with us. We would particularly like to thank Xu Corporation and Horizon Capital Advisors, as well as BetterWork, supporting LIN since 2011, and ERC supporting LIN since 2012. We also would like to thank Tinh Than Program, volunteer group Blue Dreams, and Huynh Tan Phat scholarship for providing space for LIN events in 2012!

Jan 11, 2013

Build LIN Home for Vietnam NPOs: our journey continues!

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

Dear friends,

Back in 2010, with your kind support, LIN was able to raise over $16.000 on the GlobalGiving website. This money funded many programs and empowered over 100 of Vietnam's local not-for-profit organizations (NPOs). Their staff attended free seminars. They took part in contests. They learned how to recruit and manage volunteers and how to find and collaborate with donors. They learned how to make people in their communities care and come together to solve social problems. All this new knowledge helped them to expand and improve their work. As a result, they can provide better support to over 2.000 disadvantaged people in the community. But most importantly: this knowledge will stay with local people and contribute to Vietnam's growth from within, bringing to life LIN's motto: Helping local people meet local needs. Like in the proverb, LIN does not give out fish, but rather teaches local people how to fish for themselves!

Many of you have been following LIN's progress ever since, You have attended our community events, you have read our newsletter, and you have supported our work. Many of you are now LIN's dear friends. Our success is your success. Between the two New Years - Western and Eastern - we are happy to celebrate with you  LIN's highlights from 2012!  

We would like to invite you to share some of your Holiday warmth by supporting LIN's current Global Giving project, the New Year Lights Campaign: Build a Home for Vietnam NPOs. The new Home will be the LIN Community Resource Center for local NPOs. It will have a space for free seminars and consultations for NPO staff, a library, a space for startup local NPOs, a skilled volunteer center, and a venue for LIN's community events - all in one cozy home that you will help us build for our NPO family.

From all of us at LIN, thank you.

May your home be filled with warmth this holiday season!

Dec 28, 2012

LIN Volunteer Day Event: I Volunteer!

On 4 December 2012, the LIN Center for Community Development organized, “I Volunteer: The People Who Made A Difference” to recognize all skilled volunteers who contributed their skill sets to support local NPOs and to highlight the impact they made in the community in 2012.

Over 70 people attended the event, including representatives from local NPOs and skilled volunteers. Many new volunteers came to learn about the concept of skilled volunteerism and how they could contribute their skills set to help NPOs grow.

The program had four parts:

  1. Presentation by LIN's Volunteer Coordinator on “Working with skilled volunteers”, which provided an overview of skilled volunteerism and its benefits to the NPOs.
  2. Panel Discussion “Skilled Volunteers Help NPOs Grow”, with the participation of two pairs of NPOs and their Skilled Volunteers, which offered deep insight into the process of cooperation from different perspectives. 
  3. Speed Volunteer Matching during the break helped to attract potential volunteers to 7 NPOs who were in need of skilled
  4. Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony to highlight and thank the Volunteers that contributed to LIN and/or to one of our partners throughout 2012.

Highlights of LIN Volunteer Services in 2012:

  • 28 individual Skilled Volunteers matched to 9 NPO partners. The volunteers helped the NPOs with website design, marketing and communications strategy, translation,fundraising, and accounting enabling the NPOs provide better services to more people in need
  • 22 professionals presented at LIN’s workshops/events for NPOs pro-bono
  • 4 corporate teams of volunteers participated in LIN Corporate Volunteer Challenge to train 5 NPOs on ways to design better marketing materials and thus be able to gain new support and expand their programs
  • 3 networking events for Skilled Volunteers that helped volunteers exchange advice and experience and spread further the concept of skilled volunteering

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