Mar 19, 2019

Our 2019 Narrow The Gap has kicked off!

Grant Allocation Committee Orientation Meeting!
Grant Allocation Committee Orientation Meeting!

Dear our esteemed donor, 

Following the success of our Narrow The Gap 2018, we are looking forward to a year full of significant activities in 2019, with a focus on positive impact and sustainable development for the prosperity of our community.

Prosperity of Community is the topic of Narrow the Gap 2019 with focus on 5 Sustainable Development Goals: 

1. Clean and Sustainable Energy (Goal 7)
2. Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8 )
3. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Goal 9)
4. Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10)
5. Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11)

This program covers projects based in HCMC or from Binh Thuan province to Ca Mau province. In this 1st round, we will distribute total 6 grants, with each grant awarded up to 75,000,000 VND/project. 

In January, we kicked off Round 1 to call for project proposals from local nonprofit organizations. In February, we called for skilled volunteers to join our Grant Allocation Committee (GAC). GAC members support LIN to narrow down to the finalists with the most potential and sustainable projects to pitch their projects to a wider public audience. 

The deadline of proposals finally came with total 21 proposals were submitted to the program, in which 3 proposals came from our Impact Accelerator co-hort (our Incubator program for NPO leaders), 2 proposals came from LIN's nonprofit partners using our Home for Nonprofits. 

Our first kick-off meeting for GAC was organized successfully on 17 March 2019, the Grant Allocation Committee (GAC) of Narrow The Gap Round 1/2019 discussed the proposal evaluation process. The GAC of Round 1/2019 includes 30 members, who are Skilled Volunteers from a variety of fields such as Community Development, Human Resources, Communications, Finance, and Strategic Planning. The GAC take on board positions such as: GAC Advisor, LIN Representatives, Secretary and GAC members.

The Grant Allocation Committee will officially begin the project proposal review from March 18, 2019 and expects to have the results of finalists on April 8, 2019. The informed finalists will present their projects on Pitching Day, 21 April 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please stay tuned for more updates from our Pitching Day event where you will learn about the full result and this round's winners in our next report! 

Your important support and donation allow this program to continue and ensure local nonprofit organizations in Vietnam will continue to receive the necessary support and funding opportunity from Narrow The Gap! 

For more information and real time updates from Narrow The Gap, please follow our page at

On behalf of LIN team,

Kelly Vo, Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 


Jan 28, 2019

You made these meaningful activities possible!

NPO Coffee Talk
NPO Coffee Talk

Dear our valued supporters and donors, 

Thank you for your kind donation in 2018 and the first month of 2019, we were able to organize many meaningful activities in November, December in 2018 and also January in 2019 for both local nonprofit and business communities in Vietnam. We are excited to share with you some snapshots from these events: 

1. LIN's Cross-Sector Partnerships Coffee Series 

Following in the footsteps of our annual conference “How Doing Good is Good for Business 2018”, LIN organized the very first Cross-Sector Partnership Coffee Series with three events which took place in November and December. This series also marked the final part of our Cross-sector partnerships facilitation activities in 2018.

Our speakers came from many sectors including Supply Chain, NGO/NPO, F&B, Investment, and Technology. With the participation of experienced leaders from diverse sectors, they provided insight on re-shaping the importance of leadership in regards to both business and community development, highlighted how leaders can leverage their influence individually and on an organizational scale, and lessons learned on creating impact on sustainability within Vietnam’s local communities.


The NPO cafe titled “Communication Methods for NPOs’ Projects” was held on 15th December with the participation of Ms Dinh Thi Vu Trinh - CEO from SECC. At the event, she shared about efficient communication methods and experiences in working with celebrities and the youth with more than 30 participants from local nonprofit organization - who are facing the current problems of lacking of human resources, affecting the quality of communication activities, internally and externally. We hope after this talk, attendants will have a clear picture of what they should do to accomplish great results on communication within NPO organizations.

3. Gala Happy Hour NPO 2018

Gala Happy Hour NPO 2018 was organized on Friday, January 4, 2019 in a cozy and open atmosphere with many inspirational sharings by more than 140 individuals / organizations from local non-profit sector, social enterprises and media who are interested in community development activities. 

Gala Happy Hour NPO 2018 - NONPROFIT 4.0 ending with the committed continuing connection and sharing within the community. It echoes the collective efforts in spreading information, knowledge and passion of both LIN and local nonprofit community. Motivating all of us to overcome many challenges of non-profit organizations and its important actors in 2019.  

In the meantime, Happy Lunar New Year! We really hope you will continue to support us and our mission in “Connecting All Sectors for a Resilient Vietnam."


On behalf of LIN team, 

Kelly Vo, Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising


Dec 20, 2018

Narrow The Gap 2018 - Year End Report!

Dear our valued donors and suppoters,

Only less than 2 weeks we will say goodbye to 2018. In this joyful and festive season, let's look back together how your giving has contributed to the development of local nonprofit community and changed many lives in Vietnam. 
We are delighted to share with you all, our important donors, the year end report of Narrow The Gap in 2018, the report will cover the following details: 
  • Overview of granted projects in 2018
  • Training/Workshop & Site Visits 
  • Narrow The Gap's Impact Stories 
  • Program Financial Update 
  • The Upcoming Plan in 2019.
Download the full report here 
We are always grateful for your continuing support to the work we do and the development of local nonprofit community in Vietnam. 
On behalf of the LIN Center for Community Development and Narrow The Gap, I am wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful & meaningful holiday season!
Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly) - Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising. 


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