Jan 11, 2021

Wrapping & ending 2020 with a positive note!

LIN's team
LIN's team

Dear friends, 

Greetings and happy holidays from the LIN team! 

As we managed to get through 2020 and now entering the first weeks of 2021, we would like to take the time to reflect on what’s happened in the past year and look toward what’s ahead. Like many other organizations, LIN experienced an uncertain year. Yet, beyond the uncertainties, we had the opportunity to adapt and explore on the boundaries outside our comfort zones. We learnt better that we can be resilient in the face of such a catastrophe as Covid-19 pandemic when we were forced to think out of the box for new ways to reach goals and boldly apply innovations with little time for testing and hesitation. For many of us it was a break-or-make moment.

In hindsight, 2020 gave the LIN team some time to review our programs, and to ask fundamental questions to ensure we do not deviate from our intention of building a dynamic community philanthropy ecosystem in Vietnam. We are grateful to our stakeholders and partners who contribute to LIN with their opinions and suggestions for our improvement. A multitude of lessons were drawn and will surely be integrated into the design of LIN’s programs and services in 2021. With that said, let us look forward to something new and better from LIN, and allow us to wrap up this year by sending you and your loved ones a very good wish for health, happiness, and luck for 2021!

Please click here to read our highlights from 2020, this was also our year-end newsletter to all the partners before Chrismas season. 

Obviously, it has been a tough year, even though 2020 is gone but Covid-19 pandemic still isn't, therefore we are glad that we could launch our phase 2 for Covid-19 Response Community Fund to provide funding for 20 local grassroots nonprofits facing difficulties from Covid-19, you can read more about the Fund here 

Also in 2021, we will kick off our new exciting program "Giving Well University Tour 2021" in collaboration with four universities in Vietnam, the program aims to raise awareness of Vietnamese students about the local nonprofit community and giving well in Vietnam. The tour targets to help 400 students from LIN's four partner universities to access the knowledge about the local nonprofits, social impact, as well as provide tools and skills for the students to get involved and play an active role in creating positive changes in the community. If you want to give us a hand, please consider to donate to this program on GlobalGiving here or simply spread a word to your network whom might be interested. 

Once again, thank you for accompanying and your tremendous support to LIN and our mission through out such a difficult year like 2020. We are extremely grateful for your generousity and support. Please stay safe and healthy! 


On behalf of LIN team

Lam Ngoc Thao, Executive Director 


Dec 14, 2020

We have some story to share with you!

Provide funding support to households
Provide funding support to households

Dear friends and supporters, 

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

We count ourselves very lucky to be in Vietnam at the moment, the country has controlled not only one, but three community outbreaks, the latest one happened in Ho Chi Minh city, just two weeks ago. We were very worried that we might have to go back to social lockdown again and many people will lose their job while Tet (Lunar New Year) is coming. Even though the outbreaks were controlled, there is a lot of work we still need to do to support the affected people from the pandemic, especially vulnerable communities to build back better with their lives. And that couldn’t be possible without local nonprofit organizations working tirelessly everyday to talk to the people and provide on-time support when needed. 

And thanks to your generous donation, we were able to fundraise an enough amount to support a total of 10 local nonprofit organizations, equivalent to roughly VND 50 million per organization, including:  

  1. The Centre for Research and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
  2. Tinh Than Program
  3. ICS
  4. Anh Duong Community Development and Support Centre
  5. Thien An Shelter
  6. Vava Cu Chi
  7. Huynh Tan Phat Foundation 
  8. Knowhere Makerspace
  9. Soc Trang Province Club for the Disabled
  10. PFLAG

As we shared with you in the last report, we are going to work with the 10 nonprofits to evaluate the impact of the fund on the organization and their communities during the pandemic in the next couple weeks and will have many stories to share with you in the next report in March! 

In the meantime, we are glad to quickly share with you one testimonial from Soc Trang Province Club for the Disabled, one of the NPOs received the funding in June: 

“During the first social lockdown in April 2020, the income of people with disabilities households were severely affected, causing many households to stop working, some had to find any available temporary job and many households had to stop their own small business which is the main source of income for the whole family. The funding support from LIN's Covid-19 Response Community Fund came at the very right time, many households affected by social lockdown could receive the funding which help to maintain their economic activities to continue generate their own incomes, as a result, this has helped them maintain their lives and continue to participate in the activities of the Soc Trang Provincial Disability Club. This project has also greatly motivated members of the Club to continue their work and contribute to maintaining club activities.”, Nguyen Thanh Hoai, the President of Soc Trang Province Club for the Disabled

We are very happy that this initiative managed to support at least 10 local nonprofit organizations to not only continue their meaningful work and but also create impact on lives of the many local communities in Vietnam. Please stay tuned with more updates from us. 

I do hope this shall pass soon with the good news on the vaccine, and we all can feel safe to go out, meet, connect with each other and do things out door again. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. 

Once again, on behalf of the LIN team and 10 selected NPOs, we thank you for your generosity and kindness. Should you have any question or need any further information in the meantime, please do let us know. 

With gratitude,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising

Oct 27, 2020

Meeting our three grantees from Narrow The Gap 2020!

Dear Friends,

First of all, I want to sincerely thank you very much for all your support and understanding towards Narrow The Gap and our team at LIN, after months of delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, we finally managed to successfully organize the Narrow The Gap 2020 program thanks to all the understanding, patience, flexibility and dedication from participating nonprofit organizations of the program this year. 

To ensure the safety of everyone, we organized a virtual presentation where nonprofits could present their concept notes through Zoom and Livestream to Grant Allocation Committee members from their own provinces, including an online Q&As session for all finalists to answer questions from the community; you can access to the recording Q&As session here
After the presentations and calling for online voting from everyone in the community, we finally had the final results of the three grantees who were selected to receive grants from Narrow The Gap on the 20th September. I am delighted to share with you the results from the voting with some highlights:
  • 3,440 people voted online of which 2,555 people voted validly 
  • 3 projects were selected to receive VND 120mil funding per project from the program
  • 2 projects completed the voting round with remarkable votes
The three selected grantees are: 
  1. BAMBUSA VULGARIS project by Herbal Medicine Group
  2. WASH AND ACTION CAMPAIGN AGAINST COVID-19 FOR KHMER SCHOOLS by the Center for Rural Research and Development of An Giang University
  3. FIND CLEAN WATER FOR MY VILLAGERS by Nguyen Viet Khai Commune Women's Union in Ca Mau province.
Please kindly see below the attached document for more information about the three grantees. 
Once again, We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you not only for the donation, but also all the support and understanding during the program implementation, which allows three projects access to funding and support to continue their work and mission at their own communities despite the Covid-19 pandemic situation
For the next steps, we will collect feedback from participating local NPOs, Grant Allocation Committees, partners and volunteers for our future improvement. If you have some feedback or any suggestion, we would love to hear from you too. 
In addition, this year, we will continue to help the three selected grantees to raise more funds and volunteering support from companies and communities. Therefore, we are going to launch a fundraising campaign for the three grantees in mid-November to get more funding support for the grantees going forward. So please stay tuned! 

And again, there are many ways for you to get involved either by donating directly to Narrow The Gap on GlobalGiving or even creating your own fundraiser to support Narrow The Gap by clicking here (it is a very simple step by step process).

If you have any questions about Narrow the Gap, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

Please stay safe and well!

Vo Ngoc Tuyen - Kelly

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising


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