Skilled Volunteers Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits

 
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Q&A Session
Q&A Session

On 30 June, LIN co-hosted an event with the HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam on the topic, "CSR as a Human Resource Management Strategy". The event was sold out and attended by over 80 professionals, including the business community, INGOs, local nonprofits and academia. 

LIN provided context by describing how different companies participate in skills-based volunteer programs not only to support the community but also as a strategy to improve business outcomes. Ms. Uyen Ho, Intel Vietnam's Corporate Affairs Manager shared a video describing Intel's community and employee initiatives, which are focused on education and environment. She also talked about the deep commitment of Intel as a company and its staff to its CSR programs and the benefits the company and staff receive from those programs.  The third and final speaker was Ms. Hong Hoang, Founder and Director of CHANGE, a local nonprofit that works to raise awareness and promote actions to protect the environment and wildlife.

The event presented an opportunity to help companies to understand the benefits of skills-based volunteering while raising their awareness about LIN resources and program to help connect companies build more effective partnerships with local nonprofits.  We introduced the VietnamCauses website - the only online, searchable directory of local nonprofits in Vietnam. We introduced BlueBees website - matching skilled volunteers with bit-sized opportunities to support nonprofits in Vietnam. We also pitched the Community Partnership Initiative 2015, which teams of 10 companies with 10 nonprofits to help them address their HR challenges.

Below is a link to the event description, as well as the two presentations by LIN and by CHANGE:

Early feedback from AmCham was that the event inspired many companies represented in the room to think more deeply about how they could improve employee engagement in their own community programs.  AmCham is now exploring follow-up events and is looking for more case studies from companies in particular. 
Below is the feedback LIN received from Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Huong, Program Manager at AmCham Vietnam:
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your very Informative presentation, experience sharing, great support, sponsorship and, more importantly,  your precious time... I would [also] like to share with you some feedback from the event participants -
The most beneficial aspect of the event: 'Everything', 'Got more Ideas on HR Contribution opportunities now'; 'Leaning more about how other corporation Integrate CSR Into the staff curriculum'; 'Learning from Intel and LIN’s sharings'; 'Quality of the speakers'; 'Understand NGOs organization In Vietnam and how corporate conduct CSR activities'; 'Networking'.  

Participants suggested related topics for future AmCham events:
  • Corporate engagement to development;
  • More on CSR/CSV;
  • More on employee volunteering; and
  • How to develop a learning culture In a company."
Again, thank you and I look forward to working again with you all In the future."
LIN, CHANGE and Intel at AmCham
LIN, CHANGE and Intel at AmCham

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Group Discussion 1
Group Discussion 1
LIN Skilled Volunteer Leads Discussion on "Ethics in Nonprofit Fundraising"

24 representatives of local nonprofits participated in LIN's January Morning Coffee on 23 January 2015 at the LIN Community Center.  Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh, a fundraising expert and freelance consultant, volunteered to facilitate a discussion on the topic of "Ethics in Nonprofit Fundraising". Ms. Phuong Anh has a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania and has supported program work and fundraising on behalf of both international and local nonprofit organizations in Vietnam.

During the morning coffee, participants discussed their values and experiences with fundraising.  The discussion addressed transparency and accountability in fundraising as well as communications and reporting to donors.  Ms. Phuong Anh introduced efforts by international organizations to promote "ethical fundraising" in order to give participants more knowledge in this area.  The group then discussed whether similar codes of conduct could be introduced into the context of Vietnam.
Participating nonprofit staff shared their challenges with regards to fundraising, from how to allocate staff time and organizational funds for fundraising activities, how to present actual costs to donors who prefer to support project activities but not overhead, how to improve transparency in fundraising and reporting to donors and more...   By the end of the discusison, the participants all felt that there should be a guide or code that is written by local nonprofits to support "Ethics in Nonprofit Fundraising".

"I think it is a good idea to develop guidance to help local organizations with their fundraising activities," said Mr. Pham Thanh Van, Founder and Advisor to the Tinh Thanh Program. "They will know what they can do and what they should not do. Currently, we are doing the best we can with what we know as social workers, community development practitioners.  We are not professional fundraisers, so a guide could prove to be very helpful." 
Group Sharing
Group Sharing
Group Discussion 2
Group Discussion 2

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On 22 October 2014, the LIN Center for Community Development hosted the closing ceremony for the Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) 2014. Nearly sixty representatives were in attendance, including nonprofit, corporate and volunteer members of the seven competing teams, the CPI support team and panel judges.

The theme for CPI 2014 was "Improving nonprofits' financial sustainability". In May 2014, ten nonprofit organizations were matched with a company or a team of volunteers and given just over four months to help their nonprofit partner build or strengthen their existing approach to generating funds for their respective causes. In October, a panel of experts - comprised of both fundraisers and financial management professionals - reviewed the fundraising strategies of each of the seven remaining teams.

 The top prize was awarded to the ICS-Mash team!

ICS is a community organization dedicated to promoting and protecting LGBT (lesbian – gay - bisexual - transgender) rights in Vietnam. Mash Agency, a member of The Purpose Group, provides digital and direct marketing services to clients throughout Vietnam. Together, they produced an impressive plan and initial fundraising results for ICS, some of which were successfully implemented to support VietPride 2014. Thanks to support from Irish Aid, ICS was awarded VND 40 million, which they can use to improve financial sustainability and thereby strengthen the support they provide to their beneficiaries.

Ms. Nguyen Duc Thuy Anh, a member of the judging panel and a project advisor shared her thoughts on the winning proposal:

"[ICS] fundraising strategy was professional, from the presentation, slogans, text and implementation strategy. Thoughtful detail was evident in every text, every idea! Though the proposed plan is quite expensive, ICS demonstrated that the organization has the capacity to accomplish what they are proposed."

Highlights from the four-month long initiative were shared through a video clip, an interviews with members of different teams. While LIN undertakes a survey and debrief with CPI participants, we would like to share some early results:

  • Over 50 skilled volunteers contributed their time and professional skills to support the work of 10 nonprofit organizations participating in CPI 2014.
  • Over 400 volunteer hours were dedicated to this project, valued at over VND 200 million.
  • By October, seven of the ten teams made it to the end of the competition, each submitting their own fundraising strategy . All together, the teams came up with 21 creative fundraising ideas to test out (and some have already begun).
  • The collaboration between NPOs and Skilled Volunteers will directly benefit more than 500 beneficiaries , including children affected by HIV/AIDs, community members concerned about environmental issues, LGBT and disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City.

During the CPI 2014 Closing Ceremony, team members representing participating nonprofits and skilled volunteers shared their thoughts about the process of cooperation over the previous four months, some even encouraging others to attempt viral fundraising initiatives in the near future.

If you would like to learn more about CPI 2014, please click here.

Are there any HR professionals out there who would like to share their skill sets? CPI 2015 will focus on strengthening the Human Resource management capacity of local nonprofits. If you are interested to form a team or advise LIN on the project, please contact us at: Volunteer@LINvn.org

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 4share and Thien Tam Huong's Orientation meeting

It was nearly 7pm at Dung Dinh café on a rainy day at the beginning of June. The LIN team was ready to meet with the Sex Rights team and their volunteer mentors for the LIN Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) orientation meeting. At 7pm sharp, all participants arrived and the meeting started.

LIN introduced the agenda and the meeting's objectives. Everything went as planned until Ms. Thien Thanh - VNG Marketing Manager, leader of the mentoring group, raised her voice, "I think we should consider another name for Sex Rights Group."

"The name?" questioned the other members. This year's CPI is focused on financial sustainability; however, the mentor team started asking about the group's name, their human resources, core activities and legal status...

Ms. Thanh explained that although progress has been made, it is still taboo to mention "sex" or sex-related topics in daily conversation. The sensative name of the organization thus might make it difficult for them to communicate with their stakeholders. She then moved on to explaining the importance of a well planned structure for a fledgling not-for-forfit organization like the Sex Rights group. At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed that the house of "Financial Sustainability" would need to be build on its essence.

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In another meeting, Mrs. Hong To Hue Lan, Founding Director of Ceporer Hoc Mon, surprised her team by speaking fluent French with two sponsors who were visiting the shelter. Larger than all the plans and efforts she had done following LIN's suggestions, Mrs. Lan did teach us a lesson: "The string that is connecting beneficiaries and sponsors is not made from ink and a well-thought out plan but from the language they can speak together, heart to heart."

Cám on các chuyên gia tình nguyen ã tham gia buoi hop luong giá giua ky voi LIN

 

BAN TIN . NEWSLETTER 

No. 5                                                                                                           21/8/2014

Cám on các chuyên gia tình nguyen ã tham gia buoi hop luong giá giua ky voi LIN

Update on CPI:

Update 1: Team Cimigo Vietnam - Tinh Than Network
Due to personnel changes, the current team does not have enough capacity to continue its participation in the CPI. 
Update 2: Important Milestones
See the below diagram detailing the team's status as 


September 20th: Deadline to submite fundraising tools, including (1) A fundraising plan for 2014 and the next 3 years, (2) a 3 year summary of fundraising ideas; (3) Report on fundraising activities that were performed during the CPI.
October 17th: CPI Awards Ceremony (6:00 PM-8:00 pm)

Update 3: New Volunteer Coordinator at LIN
As of 01 September, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc is on temporary leave from LIN to pursue a Masters Degree in Orgnaizational Development from the University of Dublin. In her place, LIN recruited Mr. Nguyen Minh Nhat who is settling in nicely.  
Anh Minh will take over Truc's responsibilities for managing the participating CPI teams.


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Skilled volunteers and NPOs met for the first time
Skilled volunteers and NPOs met for the first time

The LIN Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) 2014, one of LIN's signature projects to connect skill-based volunteers to local nonprofits, was officially launched on 23 May, 2014, with the "Meet& Greet event" at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

Now in its third year, CPI 2014 rallied experts with background in Marketing, Communications and Finance to form teams to support local not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) in their effort to strengthen their fundraising strategy and become financially sustainable in the long run.

In this report, we would like to highlight some the activities that have taken place in the first stage of the project:

1. Meet & Greet event

The purpose of this event was for NPOs and volunteers to find their good match. After spending time chatting with each other, 3 teams of professionals from 3 companies (VNG, BMC and MASH), along with 6 groups of individual volunteers, were each matched with one NPO of their choice for a 4 month partnership. From June until late September 2014, teams of volunteers will coach their NPO partners to improve their donor stewardship plan, build a fundraising strategy and carry out a fundraising activity. As part of the program, LIN provided small funding for each NPO to expand their donor database by attending networking events held in Ho Chi Minh City.  

2. Orientation meetings

In the first two weeks of June, LIN facilitated the first orientation meetings with each team to set their expectation and objectives for the partnership. After that, each team arranges to work together at their own pace and schedule. Most teams chooses to meet once a week to plan for their activities, and several teams have taken advantage of the opportunity to present about themselves at one of the networking events. 

3. Action & Learning sessions

To support CPI teams' effort in their planning and building strategy, HSBC Vietnam offered 5 Action & Learning sessions in which professional trainers and staff  from HSBC work one-on-one with 5 NPOs to help NPOs solve their challenges in trying to stay financially sustainable. In each session, which lasts for 3 hours at LIN Community Center, HSBC team and skilled volunteer team walk the NPO through their problem using the technique of Questioning & Answering. The first session took place on 14 June, with four more lining up until the end of June. 

Stay tuned for more exciting activities from each team to realize their objectives in this project.

Our special thanks to Irish Aid , the main fiscal sponsor for CPI 2014.

For more information about CPI 2014, please Click here

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The LIN team

 

Team 4Share-ThienTamHuong at their first meeting
Team 4Share-ThienTamHuong at their first meeting
Action & Learning session with HSBC Vietnam
Action & Learning session with HSBC Vietnam

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