Skilled Volunteers Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits

 
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DCOH with Ms. Bente (also in DCOH T-shirt)
DCOH with Ms. Bente (also in DCOH T-shirt)

THE HEART OF MS. BENTE

"In life, we need to live with warm hearts. Do you know why? To let the wind take them away ... ". We will not forget the moment when members from DCOH “sang” this song by sign language at the Funding Appeal round of Narrow the Gap 2012. This was the first time I had an opportunity to present a project in front of a large audience, thanks to Ms. Bente Sternberg. She was my coach, a sister, and to her I really want to express my deep gratitude.

Ms. Bente Sternberg is a training and consulting specialist. LIN helped her to connect with our organization to consult on the project presentation at the Narrow the Gap Funding round. The funding would help deaf and mute women to escape from family violence. If the project was successful the Deaf Community Organization of Ho Chi Minh City (DCOH) would receive funding to carry out the project. This was not only a great opportunity but also a significant challenge for DCOH.

Ms. Bente is a foreign woman with a tiny body, simple attire and a gentle smile. She came to work with us three to four times a week. She spent three to four hours each time to teach me how to walk and speak effectively for the presentation. Presenting a project concisely, thoroughly, and engaging the sympathy of the audience is a new task, which is not easy for me. I have a fear of public speaking and tend to ramble too much. Ms. Bente was a patient listener and although all communication between us had to rely on an interpreter, she helped me to overcome my weaknesses.

In addition, Ms. Bente also advised our team on how to promote DCOH and design the booth for the day of the event. She proposed DCOH print it’s logo on a small stickers and stick them on the dress of each visitor to make a good impression on the audience. She also showed us how to design our first leaflet which included the project introduction and a summary of the group’s activity. These were really effective promotional tools that we had not thought of and had no ability to develop.

On the day of event, Ms. Bente arrived at the site early. Seeing the booth of DCOH located in an inconvenient spot, she asked the organizers to move our booth to another position. She also furnished supplies which DCOH team used to make the booth more beautiful. She was always on duty at the DCOH booth to answer visitor questions as well as give them the leaflets and stickers. Maybe it was her warm-heartedness which contributed to the good impression of our group and helped us to get the most votes.

The organizations each presented their project then the audience would vote for their favorite project. I felt very worried because members of DCOH expected a lot from this project, and I had to win on their behalf. Ms. Bente thoroughly understood my psychological state and she encouraged me a lot. I stood before the audience and just focused on what I had practiced all this time in order to complete the presentation successfully. When the results were announced, we were surprised our organization had won the most votes, which resulted in funding of 150 million Vietnam Dong. The efforts of DCOH and the devotion of Ms. Bente were well rewarded.

Although Ms. Bente and I only worked together for two weeks it was a wonderful experience for me. She has helped me to feel more confident and improve my presentation and communication skills. A professional volunteer like Ms. Bente is a real necessity for our organization. I wish I could work with her for a whole lifetime.

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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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LIN CPI poster
LIN CPI poster

On Friday, 31 May 2013, the Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) organized by LIN Center for Community Development (LIN), kicked off with an information event for interested advertising agencies, PR/Marketing and CSR specialists. 40 representatives from at least 24 companies attended the event at Zest Bistro & Café, HCMC, showing their interest in the project.

At the info session, LIN elaborated on the different options available for companies, including leading a workshop on communications for non profit organization (NPO) staff; hosting a company visit for the NPOs; or partnering up with an NPO and working together in 6 weeks to create a communications tool for the NPO to raise awareness about the needs of vulnerable children, and win attractive prizes.

The information evening, and the project as a whole, is generously sponsored by Intel Products Vietnam Ltd. “The Community Partnership Initiative offers a unique and proven approach to building stronger community service opportunities in HCMC,” said Ms. Uyen Ho, Corporate Affairs Manager at Intel. “The CPI offers a ready-made volunteer program for employees with the benefit of training nonprofit staff in communication skills, an essential ingredient in organizational sustainability.”

All companies and NPOs signing up for the mentorship will be invited the Meet and Greet event on the 20 June where they could learn more about each other and find a suitable partner. The partnership will start on 1 July and last for six weeks, during which the companies will mentor the NPOs on communication skills and create a communications tool to enter a competition. After a public vote and judges’ professional decision, the winners of the competition will be announced at the Award Ceremony on 13 September.

The event for companies was hold one week after a similar information session for the local NPOs, where 11 NPOs signed up to participate in the CPI. To enable effective matches between the organizational needs of these NPOs and corporate core competencies, LIN is currently inviting interested companies to get engaged with the community.

Get involved!

Interested companies and communications professionals could find more information about the concept and how to get involved in this link. Deadline for registration is 19 June, 2013.

WE’RE ON THE NEWS!

Watch CPI Information Session on Tuoi Tre TV! (for Vietnamese speaking donors)

Ms. Truc spoke with an agency attending the event
Ms. Truc spoke with an agency attending the event

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LIN
LIN's Meet the Experts in Fundraising

Dear LIN friends,

That local not-for-profit organizations have overlooked individual donations is one of the key points emerging from Meet the Experts, an event organized for the first time by the LIN Center for Community Development (LIN) on 27 February. This event, themed “Effective fundraising strategies” took place at the office of Horizons Capital Advisors and involved the active participation of ten local Not-for-Profit Organizations (NPOs).

Representatives from ten NPOs were connected with three fundraising experts, who volunteered their time to give their advice to and answer questions from the NPO staff. The experts included Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh—consultant of the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), Ms. Elizabeth Pham—director of LIN‘s Advisory Services, and Mr. Tran Minh Hai—director of the Tuong Lai Centre. Each NPO had at least 20 minutes to speak with an expert, ask questions about fundraising strategies and receive advice on fundraising problems specific to their respective or-ganization.

“I‘d given much thought to fundraising and the sustainability of our NPO. However, only when I spoke with the expert did my thinking become clear,said Ms. Le Thi Thu Thuy, the Thao Dan Social Protection Center‘s director, who received expert advice from Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh.

“My take away from the Meet the Experts event,” Ms. Thuy added, “is that our NPO will consider having a staff member specifically responsible for leveraging our networks and attracting individual donations.”

Before the event, the participating NPOs had prepared some questions for the experts. Some had done a quick review of their past financial reports in order to present the experts with a clear overview of their organization‘s fundraising situation.

Meet the Experts is a new imitative by LIN and is part of a larger project entitled -Vietnam NPO Capacity Building System. The event takes place every other month, providing a great volunteer opportunity for professionals who want to share their knowledge and best-practices with the local NPO staff.

Each Meet the Experts event has a theme (e.g. fundraising, volunteer management and program evaluation), and facilitates one-on-one conversations between local NPOs and relevant pro bono experts. Results from each Meet the Experts event will be uploaded onto LIN‘s website as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Experts will provide written responses to any unaddressed questions during an event.

For more information about Meet the Experts series and LIN's other activities to build capacity for local NPOs, please visit our website at: www.linvn.org 

Sincerely,

Truc Nguyen

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
    volunteers. 
  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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Dana Doan

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Ho Chi Minh City, NA Vietnam

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