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.
Dec 10, 2015

Report from CHANGE on PowerUp!

GreenDance Group
GreenDance Group

The Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE), the third prize winner of the Narrow the Gap Fund for the Environment 2015, shared with LIN an update from their POWER UP event, which took place on November 25th in Ho Chi Minh City...

"We did it!!! We talked about coal. We talked about RE (renewable energy). We talked about Global Climate March. We talked about the world's future. We talked about everything it takes to inspire the Vietnamese to speak up for their own survival. We cannot march in the streets like all other countries do, but if we can gather this crowd, and make them this engaged, this empowered, we know, there's hope that the climate movement in Vietnam will accelerate to a new level... 

The massive turnout, with 1,500 attendees and more than 20 artists, all championed for our intended message on climate change, anti-coal and pro- renewable energy was sent to world leaders at COP 21. This is the best result CHANGE could have asked for and future prospects for the Vietnamese climate change movement are looking promising.

Check out the photos, the link to a 350.org blog post about the event, a Vietnamese press release and a clip by Tuoitre news online.

CHANGE would like to express its sincere appreciation for the paramount support from the Narrow the Gap Community Fund. We cannot reiterate enough how potent such support has been in building a sustainable future for Vietnam and our overall planet."

Congratulations to CHANGE on a successful event!

(Note: The event update was written by Ms. Hong and Mr. Binh from CHANGE.)

 

The Crowd at PowerUp
The Crowd at PowerUp
PowerUp
PowerUp

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Oct 27, 2015

Young NPO Leader Reports on LIN Community Event

Photo Booth at NTG Event
Photo Booth at NTG Event

Earlier this year, LIN launched the NPO Young Leaders Circle to facilitate peer mentorship and support to the leaders of developing, grassroots nonprofit organizations. Members of LIN's NPO Young Leaders Circle were encouraged to join LIN's Annual Narrow the Gap Community Event: Take Action for the Environment, which took place on 26 September 2015 at the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Each member was given the following three objectives:

  1. Make at least ten new relationships that they did not have previously;
  2. Share five things they learned or experienced during the event; and
  3. Introduce their organization/project to at least three people at the event.

After the event, Ms. Phun Cam Linh, representative of Smile Group and a member of the NPO Young Leaders Circle, shared her experiences with the LIN team and other members:

"During my time at LIN's Narrow the Gap Event, I not only visited the booths of LIN's partners but I also learned about the three project finalists and many other activities of supporting partners and event sponsors.

By being asked to look more carefully at these events, I could see that behind these activities are various ideas about communication that can be useful for my own organization and others. For me, participating in this event gave me an opportunity to learn and know more about different ways of communicating, building the reputation and offering a unique impression of an organization to the community and to various participants.

People used many well-known ways of communicating, such as: brochures, banners, posters, uniform T-shirts, business cards, and more...   In addition, there were creative forms of communication that some people and organizations used to demonstrate effectiveness and spread their image.

For example, look at the way two corporate sponsors spread messages:

  • Lois Garden – Besides their booth for teaching gardening and selling plants, they also hosted a photo booth that displayed many plants and engaged people to come take pictures and make a commitment to protect the environment. The booth provided a lovely background that was suitable to the event's theme of environment. And it was a subtle way to make people aware of their garden and leave an impression. Below the plans, there was a simple banner, "We are LOIS GARDEN".  For every person that posted a photo of themselve in the both, their friends would see this message and may be attracted to come to LOIS GARDEN.
  • Prudential – Prudential company sponsored the photo booth as well.  [For every photo taken in the booth and shared on Facebook, Prudential agreed to donate money to the Narrow the Gap Fund for the Environment.] This was made clear in the way the sponsor applied Prudential stickers to each of the environmental actions people could choose to hold up in their photo as a way of making a commitment to protect the environment. By the stickers on the messages and by the Facebook campaign, the company could promote its branch and activities supporting the community.

Beside the corporate sponsors, I could see how nonprofit organizations' communicate, especially the three finalists for a grant. For example:

  • ECO Vietnam Group – This nonprofit made great use of its human resources, in particular their volunteers, who walked around wearing bright yellow T-shirts and some of whom wore a small board with colorful pictures and messages to request support. The actions attracted people's attention. Besides, they also communicated with people through real stories, products and examples. This kind of communication was impressive, and gave them a significant advantage to attract people's first impression and create curiousity to learn more about the organization.
  • Deaf Community of HCMC (DCOH) – Similar to ECO Vietnam Group, DCOH had all of its team and members wearing a uniform with the logo of the organization on it.  They also engaged their members to giving out cards and creating a painting by people's fingerprints.  In addition, DCOH members put stickers with their logo on it onto the shirts of event guests, which was an effective way for the deaf community members to communicate that they wanted their votes. 

And there were many other organizations communicating in their own way.

LIN's Narrow the Gap Community Event provided a diverse environment for meeting and connecting people working in many fields who are all similarly concerned about the "Environment". At the event, people could meet friends (new and old); learn about environment and vote for the best project to support this year.  The event also gave me a good idea about the diversity of communication methods. I wonder, which communication method does your organization apply to communicate information and leave a unique impression?"

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The NPO Young Leaders Circle was launched in May 2015 with 15 members from LIN's NPO partners. Nine members are female and all members are between the ages of 21 to 35 with the average age of 26 years old. 15 members were divided into four groups and made responsible for one of four activities: (1) Communications, (2) External Networking, (3) Peer Sharing and (4) Training.  LIN coordinates the events and helps each team plan and execute elevent activities per year.  The next activity of the NPO Young Leader's Circle is a peer sharing, which will take place on October 24, 2015 at LIN Community Center. During the meeting, young leaders will have an opportunity to exchange experiences and challenges they are facing in their work. 

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Sep 21, 2015

HR Professionals Lend a Hand to Local Nonprofits

On the morning of July 25th, LIN Center for Community Development (LIN) organized a Meet & Greet event for local HR profesisonals and their nonprofit counterparts at Hoa Sen University.  This was the first activity of LIN's 2015 Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) program.

With the focus on "building human resource management capacity for local nonprofit organizations (NPO)", CPI 2015 matched 33 skilled volunteers to 11 NPOs experiencing human resource management challenges. The volunteers represented different institutions, including: Orient Software, GreyFinder, Decathlon, Puratos, Proself, Samsung, Kinh Do Corporation, Operation Smile, TalentNet and more....  Participating NPOs included: Thien Tam Huong, CHUM, Quality of Life Promotion Centre, Breast Cancer Network Vietnam, CEPORER Hoc Mon, CCHS, CHANGE, Huynh Tan Phat, Thien An Shelter, TOMAGO and Thao Dan Center for Street Children.

On 25 July, LIN hosted a "Meet & Greet" session for all of the participants in CPI 2015 - more than 50 people. The session was designed to break the ice and help to build friendly emotional links among the participants.

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"Though this session, I realize how I can feel how someone is feeling.  People who are unfamiliar with these types of experiences tend to have cold hands, while those people who are familiar to these activities, their bodies will be warmer", shared Mr Phu (Thien Tam Huong Organization)

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A company representative said: "Through these exercises, I can see that sometimes language does not express what we want to say. By exchanging eye contact, or by touching hands, we can better express our ideas."

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Ms. Le Thanh Phuc, LIN's Volunteer Coordinator and Manager of CPI 2015 explained that the intention of the session was to remove stereotypes and assumptions, which can prove to be barriers between participants who came from companies and those who representatives of NPOs. People participating in CPI will be better able to understand each other as human beings with emotions and thoughts. This launch event built a foundation for teams to listen, exchange and work together to find solutions for HR challenges within the respective NPOs over the course of 12 weeks.

LIN's CPI program was first launched in 2011 and has since become an annual program. CPI appeals to companies and skilled experts to lend their expertise to help build the capacity of local nonprofits in Ho Chi Minh City, so they can better achieve their objectives for the community. 

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