Jul 26, 2019

Our Stories of Change

Ms Vo Thi Hong Phuc is sharing her story of change
Ms Vo Thi Hong Phuc is sharing her story of change

Dear valued donors and partners, 

It has been three months since we updated you about our activities to support local nonprofits in Vietnam. And we believe changes speak louder than words, therefore, we are delighted to share with you three stories of change from one of our local nonprofit partners, a skilled-volunteer and a corporate partner participating in our programs and activities, thanks to your generous donations and support. 

Vo Thi Hong Phuc, Director of the Vu Vo Phuong Nam Community Serving Group, who received a grant in Narrow The Gap Round 1/2019 shared with us:

"My personal change is the improvement in my ability to design projects and my ability to implement it. My next plan is to look for international funding. About my organization, it receives a lot of information from community services, and activities (not charity), therefore our organization will be renamed "Phung Su" - meaning serving the community, not only distributing. Prior to this, I didn't understand much, but after attending to more events by LIN, I understood more, I bring that knowledge to my organization and make sure the beneficiary group is aware. My final goal is to let the beneficiary group understand implementation.
The organization still has some short-comings, but [these are] decreasing. LIN considered how to change the thought process of the beneficiary group. For example the Ca Mau community, Dong Thap community, are now independent, they are building bridges with a small amount of support from our organization. They have changed and are still on the path to improve, but maybe they haven't realized it yet. They thought that they would travel on boats for the rest of their lives. But now they have builit many structures, one after another, slowly there will be electricity and internet, and that will lead to an even bigger change to the community of that area."

Hoang Trong An, who participated in our Mandala Night event for skilled-volunteers shared with us:

"I see the enthusiasm of the organizer, the NPOs, the volunteers of the program. Through this event and through the stories told alongside with personal experience, I want to remind everyone, especially the volunteers that want to contribute to the community, be strong, never be self-conscious because each and everyone of the volunteers have their own values and strengths. You can contribute with finance, skills, or with your own power. Learn from your precursor, be confident to fall and rise up again." 

Phil MacLaurin, Business Unit Manager at Premier Oil Vietnam, one of LIN's long term corporate partners told everyone at Narrow The Gap's Launching event:

"What LIN does is incredibly simple. They talk to people and businesses who care but don’t know how to show it. They talk to grassroots organisations who care but don’t know how to get the support they need. And what happens next? We start to communicate with each other and develop partnerships, and together we grow stronger. I said  “What LIN does is incredibly simple”. That is not the same as “What LIN does is incredibly easy”. LIN is doing something very difficult and are uniquely skilled at it. How do you motivate oil company executives on the 18th floor in District 1 to work with a few ordinary women in the marshes of District 8 so that we develop in partnership and grow together? LIN is bridging cultures. LIN must not be condescending to the local people. LIN must not forget that a business exists to create commercial advantage."

Thank you again for making all this happen. We hope you will not only continue to accompany us on this meaningful journey but you will also spread the word about our impact to your friends, family and your network by sharing this page to help our cause reach more people:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/journeyofaphilanthropist/

If you have any questions about LIN or our programs, please feel free to contact me directly at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

Sincerely,

Kelly Vo - Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 13, 2019

Final Results of Round 1 and Round 2 Kick-off!

Pitching Day event
Pitching Day event

Dear GlobalGivers,  

Hello again! It has been three months since we updated you about the first event of Narrow The Gap 2019. So many things we have achieved together that I am very excited to share with you: 

We completed the First Round on Sunday 23rd April with the Pitching Day was organized to select 6 winners to receive grants from Narrow The Gap. At the event, 10 Finalists presented their projects and answered all the questions from the audience. Our Grant Allocation Committee and everyone in the community had a chance to ask the questions and provided their valuable feedback to all the candidates. We are impressed with the diversity & breadth of the projects submitted to the program, from raising awareness of cancer understanding in Vietnam, promoting rights of Queer community through learning Vietnamese history, supporting provincial students in developing entrepreneurship skillsets & community-oriented mindset, to building bridges in Mekong Delta's provinces to increase the accessibility for local communities to education & business opportunities. 

Furthermore, as the result, a few connections have been made at the event between nonprofit organizations and with donors. Nearly 100 residents from the commmunity, half of them were under 25 year old, went to the event and casted their votes for their favorite projects, it positively proved the increasing interest of local Vietnamese, especially young people in social causes and community impact. 

If you want to learn more about the six winning projects, please click here. 

The Second Round will be kicked off soon on 22nd June to introduce about this round of grants, at the event, the participants will receive helpful information of the program such as: 

  • Available funds for the projects 
  • Training activities for capacity building 
  • Volunteer opportunities for community projects 
  • Site visit opportunities to learn about the projects and meet the end beneficeries 
  • Community Day for everyone in the community who share the same goal of contributing to sustainable development in Vietnam. 

Thank you again for making all this happen. We hope you will not only continue to support Narrow the Gap so that we will be able to provide more funding and capacity building opportunities for local nonprofit organizations in Vietnam, but also spread the words to your friends, family and your network by sharing this page https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/narrow-the-gap-vietnam-is-awesome/ to help our cause reach to more people. 

If you have any questions about Narrow the Gap, please feel free to contact me at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

Sincerely,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 

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Apr 29, 2019

Check out what we have achieved together in past three months!

Narrow The Gap's Pitching Day Event
Narrow The Gap's Pitching Day Event

Dear our valued donors, 

We are excited to fill you in the updates of our journey in the past three months. Thanks to your generous donation, we were able to organize many meaningful activities that raise the awareness and understanding of local Vietnamese about philanthropy. 

On 28th March, as part of the fundraising campaign this year, we organized our third fundraising event titled “The Journey of the Individual Philanthropist”. The event attracted nearly 100 philanthropists, many inspiring philanthorpic stories were shared by our guest speakers. We are delighted to share that, as a result of this event, we were able to raise 614 million VND. This will be contributed to support LIN’s work in community development and facilitating cross-sector partnerships by organizing programs and events for our local nonprofits to equip them with skills and experience to better serve their beneficiary communities. In the same way, this fund will also support LIN to grow and strengthen as an organization striving to connect all sectors for a resilient Vietnam. Click here for the full summary of the event and see more photos from the night. 

Continue on this journey, on 19th April, we officially launched our "A Home for Nonprofits" - With this new venue, LIN will be able to support at least 6 seats for non-profit organizations partners and conference room for NPO's workshop/training activities. 

The event was also the celebration of our 10th anniversary since LIN Center for Community Development was established. More than 50 attendees from the non-profit, volunteer and donor communities came to celebrate with us. At the event, Ms Betsye Moon Park, LIN's Interim Executive Director, shared the meaning of the “Home for Nonprofits” for LIN and the community as a whole, and sent our thanks to Irish Aid for supporting us to create this special place as a big step towards our mission in “Connecting All Sectors for a Resilient Vietnam.” Before cutting the cake, everyone joined the LIN team to sing a birthday song in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Check out more photos of our house warming event here. 

On a high note of the journey, on Sunday 23rd April, The Pitching Day of Narrow The Gap 2019, Round 1 was successfully organized in order to select 6 winners to receive grants from Narrow The Gap. At the event, 10 Finalists presented their projects and answered all the questions from the audience. Our Grant Allocation Committee also provided their valuable feedback to 10 projects, furthermore, as a result, a few connections have been made at the event between nonprofit organizations and with donors. Nearly 100 residents from the commmunity, half of them were under 25 year old, went to the event and casted their votes for their favorite projects, it positively proved the increasing interest of local Vietnamese, especially young people in social causes and community impact. 

If you want to learn more about the six winning projects, please click here. 

Thank you again for making all this happen. We hope you will not only continue to accompany us on this meaningful journey but also spread the words to your friends, family and your network by sharing this page https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/journeyofaphilanthropist/ to help our cause reach more people. 

If you have any questions about LIN or our programs, please feel free to contact me at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

Sincerely, 

Kelly Vo - Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising. 

 
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