Skilled Volunteers Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits

Mar 19, 2013

10 NPOs in conversation with 3 fundraising experts

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: 


Truc Nguyen


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