LIN Center for Community Development

LIN's mission is to provide support services to local NPOs, skilled volunteers and donors who are committed to building strong communities. The LIN Center for Community Development serves grassroots not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and individual and corporate philanthropists located in and around Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. By helping local people to meet local needs, LIN aims to promote a healthy environment for philanthropy in Vietnam and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.
Jun 2, 2016

Ongoing Updates on the 3 Environmental Projects

The crowd at the Power Up event
The crowd at the Power Up event

Our Hearts Beat Green for the Environment Project has gone halfway on its journey. The total funds raised were allocated to the three projects addressing 3 issues in the area: Awareness about renewable energy, Eco-friendly space and environmental education for the deaf and mute people, and Water storage for people in remote areas. Please see below what the three projects have done for their community:

  • Project “Power Up” of Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE) (Grant of VND 50,000,000): The project organized a successful climate music festival called Power Up, which attracted over 1,500 attendees to raise awareness about climate change, anti-coal, and pro-renewable energy sources and share their message with world leaders at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). Event video on Tuoi Tre Online can be watched here. The grant was used for venue rental and printing cost. Their follow-up plan is to create an online petition to demand the governmental officials of HCMC to install solar panels in public space, organize climate camps in remote areas in HCMC and organize climate and energy leadership workshops for university students and grassroots groups.
  • Project “Community Park” of the Deaf Community Organization of Ho Chi Minh City (DCOH) (Grant of VND 100,000,000): This project is 2 months behind the original timeline because of limited human resources, DCOH had to finish their last year project on education before kicking off this project. They have been collecting rubbish, clearing the ground and fertilizing soil at the park area in District 2. However, due to the lack of expertise in building, the results of phase 1 has not met the expectations, therefore DCOH agreed with LIN to hire a construction company to carry out the building works, including: leveling the ground, building latrines, planting. After that, DCOH will prepare tools to sell coffee at the park as proposed.
  • Project “For our Environment” of ECO Vietnam Group (Grant of VND 150,000,000): The project has moved from Ben Tre to Tra Vinh under the approval of the community Grant Allocation Committee based on the need assessment survey and written commitment from the local authority. Please refer to http://bit.ly/1Wn9XoN for specific reasons of this change. Until now, the project has installed 4 biogas bags and 8 water storage bags in Cau Ke District, Tra Vinh Province; organized a series of workshops at the People’s Committee of Cau Ke District and at Hoa An and Phong Phu Communes for the local authority, the social and political organizations such as Women Union and Farmers Union, agricultural officers and the local people. Regarding the upcoming activities, the project is going to install 12 water storage bags and 4 biogas bags. In the same month, EVG will inform the specific date and time so that the community members can join these trips. In October, EVG will finalize and report on the project.

Thank you again for helping to Narrow the Gap in Vietnam!

Coming Soon: Narrow the Gap for Community Development 
The campaign team is gearing up and will soon launch activities to gather residents together who care about community development in HCMC - including projects in any field which can deeply engage their stakeholders in the project cycle. If you are interested to learn more about the 2016 campaign, please follow us on Facebook and/or check the website at: www.linnarrowthegap.org.
DCOH members collect rubbishes
DCOH members collect rubbishes
The HPDE water storage is in place
The HPDE water storage is in place

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May 4, 2016

Fundraising Guidlines, LIN Annual Report & Donor Survey

I. Sharing the Guidelines on Ethical Practices in Fundraising for Vietnam

Last month, the LIN Center for Community Development was pleased to disseminate the Guidelines on Ethical Principles in Fundraising in Vietnam.  The document was adapted from the Association of Fundraising Professional's International Code of Ethical Practices in Fundraising to be compliant with Vietnam laws and acceptable to Vietnamese not-for-profit organizations. 

The Guidelines are intended to foster the growth of a community of not-for-profit organizations operating in Vietnam that participate in fundraising and are dedicated to accountability, transparency and effectiveness. Both the Vietnamese and English versions are available for download from the LIN Center for Community Development website. They are also (or will soon be) posted on several other websites of INGOs, local nonprofits and umbrella organizations in Vietnam (including the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre, www.TuThienDoanhNghiep.com, Mekong Plus, etc).

The effort to adapt and translate the guidelines involved many individuals and organizations engaged in fundraising that generously volunteered their time, skills and experience. Draft versions of the guidelines were shared with INGOs and local nonprofits at meetings, workshops and via email in order to solicit feedback and suggestions for improvement.  A complete list of contributors is detailed in the appendix. We would like to express particular appreciation to KPMG, Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers, YKVN, Mr. Bernard Kervyn from Mekong Plus, Ms. Lam Quynh Anh from Hogal Lovells, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh from MSD and Ms. Pham Thi Bao Chinh (freelance consultant) for taking the time to provide detailed feedback on early drafts. 

We would welcome and appreciate any comments and suggestions for improvement to the Guidelines, which can be sent to the core team at: gayquyvn@gmail.com.

The Core Team: 

  • Ceporer Hoc Mon 
  • Disability Research and Capacity Development
  • ICS
  • LIN Center for Community Development
  • Saigon Children's Charity
  • Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh (freelance consultant)

 

II. LIN Annual Report 2015

The LIN Team is pleased to share with you our Annual Report for 2015. Please click on one of the links below to download a copy of the report:

Vietnamese: http://bit.ly/LINBaocaonam2015

English: http://bit.ly/LINAnnualreport2015

http://bit.ly/LINAnnualreport2015

We hope the report gives you a comprehensive picture about LIN and the work we delivered to the community, with your valuable partnership and support, in 2015. LIN team is currently working with Ernst & Young Vietnam to complete our 2015 audited financial report.  Upon completion, the report will be uploaded to LIN's website.  In addition, we are monitoring the impact of our work on local nonprofits, through a yearly suvey of our nonprofit partners. You can read the results of the 2015 survey at the following link: http://linvn.org/about-lin/lin-s-impact (LIN's audited financial statements will later be uploaded to this page as well).

 

III.  LIN Donor Survey 2016

How can LIN serve you better?

As a past donor to the LIN Center for Community Development, your opinion is extremely important.  Which programs do you find to be the most or least helpful?  Do our reports and updates provide the information you expected?   

Please click here to complete LIN's online donor survey.

The survey will take about 5 minutes and all answers will be kept strictly confidential.  Your feedback will be used to help decide LIN's future direction. 

Thank you, in advance, for telling us what you think about our work!

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Mar 18, 2016

Results - Community Partnership Initiative 2015

With over 187 nonprofit partners in and near Ho Chi Minh City, many are seeking assistance and support to build their capacity in different areas (e.g., communications, fundraising, strategic planning and financial management). By 2013, LIN began an annual survey of our NPO partners, which allows us to observe trends and identify gaps in capacity. One area where a capacity gap became apparent, both through the analysis of 2014 survey report as well as feedback from participants in the Community Partnership Initiative 2014, was human resources management in nonprofits. 

The Community Partnership Initiative 2015 (CPI 2015) focused on addressing the HR management challenges of 10 nonprofit organizations.  Each nonprofit was matched with a company team or a team of 3 to 4 skilled professionals.  Throughout the CPI 2015 program, which started in May 2015 and lasted until November, the LIN team checked-in with participating nonprofits and their respective corporate/volunteer teams. We collected weekly reports from Partners, to track and assess progress towards the milestones and overall objectives.

After the conclusion ceremony and recognition event, the LIN team sent out a feedback form to all program participants, Among the 10 nonprofits that started CPI in May, nine made it to the end of the program, eight responded to LIN’s survey with the following feedback: 

  • 100% said they were pleased with the program and deliverables and
  • 70% said the corporate/volunteer teams considerably improved human resources management in their nonprofit!

When asked what the nonprofit liked most about CPI 2015, the representative of Thien Tam Huong Vocational Training Center for People with Disabilities shared the following: “The professionalism and commitment of the company in terms of: - action planning – plan implementation – skills exchange – objective feedback and expertise!”

LIN also carried out 1-1 meetings with more than half of the participating nonprofits and nine of the corporate volunteers in order to collect more detailed feedback on the program and areas for improvement.  

Summary Results:

  • CPI 2015 attracted a total of 61 skilled volunteers who played the roles of mentors, trainers and/or advisors to the 9 nonprofit organizations, contributing well over 1,600 volunteer hours.
  • Upon completion of the program, 90% of participant NPOs have a written action plan for their Human Resources management, detailing the vision and activities for the next few years.
  • 50% NPOs defined their organizational structure and developed tasks for function departments.
  • All of the NPOs now have job descriptions documented for every existing post in the organization.
  • 50% of the NPOs completed their recruitment system and process with training and induction included. They now have specific objectives and criteria for recruitment, with an emphasis on the organizations' core values.
  • 30% of the NPOs now have a management of productivity system built and documented.
  • Upon completion of the program, four HR pro bono teams decided to continue their partnership with their NPO partners for 2016.

Nonprofit Testimonial:

 “Huong is a wonderful expert both in terms of skills and commitment, she is so much determined and diligent in advising Change. After the mentoring, the most amazing thing left in me was not about having detailed guidelines but how to think, the way  to work, the way to analyse in order to find out the ultimate root of a problem and thus having a suitable solution in that certain situation.

I am so much grateful to Huong, Nhung and Operation Smiles in Hanoi for creating much great environment for me to learn. I am thankful to Thao for her connection, encouragement as well as valuable sharing of administration experience.

I am thankful to Phuc and LIN for this amazing matching program. I hope that NGOs like CHANGE will have more opportunities to join such meaningful program”

-Ms. Ngoc Huynh, Operation Manager – CHANGE

http://vietnamcauses.org/npo/index/center-of-hands-on-actions-and-networking-for-growth-and-environment-change

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