Apr 12, 2021

When we come together during the crisis!

Aid Program Network, one of NPOs received the fund
Aid Program Network, one of NPOs received the fund

Dear friends,

We still can't believe it has been nearly one year since we launched our Covid-19 Community Response Fund which raised fund to support local nonprofit organizations facing extreme difficulties during the outbreaks and social lockdown. Thanks to your generous donation and trust, we managed to raise enough fund during Phase 1 to support 10 local nonprofits with 50 millions VND per organization to stay survived and continue to support their communities during such challenging time.

We are very happy to share with you the full report  in Vietnamese here and English here from Phase 1 so you can see the impact you have created. We hope you know how essential it was to many nonprofits with the financial support in these times and we are glad that we could play a role to mobilize the resources to support them when they are in need. 

And the good news doesn't stop there, early this year through a lot of hardwork from our team and continuing support from our partners, we successfully launched and funded 10 more local nonprofits with the Phase 2 of Covid-19 Community Response Fund which you now can read about it here 

We feel really grateful for all the support and care from many great friends such as yourself to make this happen. Please keep in touch so we can share with you more updates about Covid-19 Community Response Fund in Phase 2. As I always strongly believe that when we come together, we can overcome any challenges!  

In the meantime, please stay safe and well!

Warmest Regards,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Philanthropy Services 

Mar 23, 2021

Our journey has finally started!

Giving Well University Tour 2021
Giving Well University Tour 2021

Dear friends and supporters, 

I hope this report finds you well. 

We are excited to update you about the progress we have made together with "Giving Well University Tour 2021 - Invest in the Future". Early this year, we felt quite nervous with the Covid-19 community outbreak happened before Tet holidays, we thought the program would have been cancelled until further notice. Thanks to the prompt responses and good management by the government, the outbreak was again well contained. Therefore, we finally were able to kick off the Tour which take places from 17th March to 17th April. For the detailed program timeline, you can see it here published on our Facebook page. 

As of last week, we successfully organized the first workshop with more than 300 participating students from three universities including University of Economic & Finance, Hoa Sen University and Ton Duc Thang University. We feel overwhelmed with the great interests of the students in philanthropy and nonprofit sector, with 90% the students answered our survey said that they will continue their journey in practicing Philanthropy, this really made our heart filled with hope and happiness. 

The students were very engaged with many meaningful sharing of their own exprience and great questions about how they can make their journey more impactful, they truly shared what in their heart and mind, their concerns, challenges and hope. 

There is one question I personally liked it so much as it touched in a deep level of why philanthropy exist: "What would happen if we don't practice philanthropy?". I always use this special question to emphasize the meaning of this Giving Well University Tour program by posing back a question to the participating students "Do we all here want to live in a society where we care about one and another or a society where every of us only put our self interests and group interests first?". I believe this question will ignite more questions and thinking from the students, hopefully can help them make the right decisions later for themselves.

We obviously could haven't done this without your support and generousity. Please stay tuned with many more exciting updates from us in the next report when we complete the Tour, in the meantime, if you want to see frequent updates about the Tour, you can check out our fanpage here https://www.facebook.com/LINCenter

If you think this program is meaningful and should be known by many more people, please help us spread a word by sharing our GlobalGiving fundraising campaign here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/giving-well-university-tour-vietnam/ with your friends and family. Once again, we really appreciate for everything you have done to support us with this program!

Please take care and stay safe! 

With gratitude, 

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Philanthropy Services

Feb 22, 2021

Promoting a strong cross-sector collaboration

NPO Grantees visiting vsource
NPO Grantees visiting vsource

Dear friends,

I hope you are safe and well wherever you may be. 

The recent outbreak in Vietnam before Tet holidays has caused some concerns for our programs and activities planning this year, however, we hope the situation will get well controlled again this time thanks to prompt actions by the government here. 

Nevertheless, we would love to give you some positive updates about what happened to Narrow The Gap in the past three months since our last report. In November, we started another fundraising campaign to raise more funds and volunteering support from companies and communities to the three selected grantees, we also managed to successfully arrange visits at the offices of our two corporate partners, Premier Oil Vietnam and vsource, where the three grantees had the opportunity to share more about their projects to the companies' employees (with more than 80 employees participated in the two visits).

As a result, we are delighted to share with you a good news that vsource company agreed to help build a new website for WASH AND ACTION CAMPAIGN AGAINST COVID-19 FOR KHMER SCHOOLS by the Center for Rural Research and Development of An Giang University as well as donated some computers to all three grantees. Premier Oil Vietnam, in the meantime, is considering to provide some addition fund to one of the grantee in 2021, we will keep you posted about this in our next report. In addition to all of this, we also helped the three grantees making a video communicating about their projects for further support from the public, you can check out the three videos on our fanpage here https://www.facebook.com/NarrowTheGapProgram. 

By doing this, we wanted to help build a stronger relationship between the grantees, corporate partners and public community beyond Narrow The Gap program. 

Besides all the needed support the grantees get from the corporate visits, we are also very proud to receive very touching, heartwarming feedback from one of the nonprofit representatives from the visits: "For the first time in our life we had this unique experience, to visit, to be welcomed and to be listened from a big company in Saigon, we are from Ca Mau, a far away land, very few people know about what happening in our lives down there, so these were such invaluable learning opportunities and experiences for us", shared by Mrs. An, President of the Women's Union of Nguyen Viet Khai commune in Ca Mau who participated in the corporate visits for the first time. 

As for 2021, despite the uncertainty with the pandemic, please rest assured that we will continue to do our best to provide suitable support to local grassroot nonprofits to address the issues in their own communities with our Narrow The Gap Program, we think it is even more important now with the Covid-19 are affecting many lives in Vietnam. 

Therefore, thank you so much! This couldn't have been possible without your generous donation and support. You made all this happen!  

We hope you will continue to support Narrow The Gap and help to spread a word to your friends and network so more people will know about Narrow The Gap and amazing works local nonprofits are doing in Vietnam. 

Please stay safe!

Warmest Regards,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly), Head of Philanthropy Services 

 
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