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 9, 2014

Volunteers from MASH help ICS Win CPI 2014!

On 22 October 2014, the LIN Center for Community Development hosted the closing ceremony for the Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) 2014. Nearly sixty representatives were in attendance, including nonprofit, corporate and volunteer members of the seven competing teams, the CPI support team and panel judges.

The theme for CPI 2014 was "Improving nonprofits' financial sustainability". In May 2014, ten nonprofit organizations were matched with a company or a team of volunteers and given just over four months to help their nonprofit partner build or strengthen their existing approach to generating funds for their respective causes. In October, a panel of experts - comprised of both fundraisers and financial management professionals - reviewed the fundraising strategies of each of the seven remaining teams.

 The top prize was awarded to the ICS-Mash team!

ICS is a community organization dedicated to promoting and protecting LGBT (lesbian – gay - bisexual - transgender) rights in Vietnam. Mash Agency, a member of The Purpose Group, provides digital and direct marketing services to clients throughout Vietnam. Together, they produced an impressive plan and initial fundraising results for ICS, some of which were successfully implemented to support VietPride 2014. Thanks to support from Irish Aid, ICS was awarded VND 40 million, which they can use to improve financial sustainability and thereby strengthen the support they provide to their beneficiaries.

Ms. Nguyen Duc Thuy Anh, a member of the judging panel and a project advisor shared her thoughts on the winning proposal:

"[ICS] fundraising strategy was professional, from the presentation, slogans, text and implementation strategy. Thoughtful detail was evident in every text, every idea! Though the proposed plan is quite expensive, ICS demonstrated that the organization has the capacity to accomplish what they are proposed."

Highlights from the four-month long initiative were shared through a video clip, an interviews with members of different teams. While LIN undertakes a survey and debrief with CPI participants, we would like to share some early results:

  • Over 50 skilled volunteers contributed their time and professional skills to support the work of 10 nonprofit organizations participating in CPI 2014.
  • Over 400 volunteer hours were dedicated to this project, valued at over VND 200 million.
  • By October, seven of the ten teams made it to the end of the competition, each submitting their own fundraising strategy . All together, the teams came up with 21 creative fundraising ideas to test out (and some have already begun).
  • The collaboration between NPOs and Skilled Volunteers will directly benefit more than 500 beneficiaries , including children affected by HIV/AIDs, community members concerned about environmental issues, LGBT and disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City.

During the CPI 2014 Closing Ceremony, team members representing participating nonprofits and skilled volunteers shared their thoughts about the process of cooperation over the previous four months, some even encouraging others to attempt viral fundraising initiatives in the near future.

If you would like to learn more about CPI 2014, please click here.

Are there any HR professionals out there who would like to share their skill sets? CPI 2015 will focus on strengthening the Human Resource management capacity of local nonprofits. If you are interested to form a team or advise LIN on the project, please contact us at: Volunteer@LINvn.org

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Dec 9, 2014

LIN Meets Laos Counterparts

From 13 to 14 November, in Vientiane, Laos, the LIN Center for Community Development participated in a two-day exchange with five Vietnamese grantees of Irish Aid and 25 representatives of Laos non-profit associations. The main objective of the event, designed as a workshop, was to exchange experiences, lessons learned and best practices in capacity building for nonprofits, good governance and accountability, and working with local government and businesses.

During the workshop, Dana Doan presented LIN's experience introducing and testing 10 organizational development toolkits designed to build capacity of Vietnamese NPOs. LIN's counterpart organization in Laos, the Learning House for Development (LHD), presented its own services and approach to capacity building of nonprofit associations (NPAs). Both our organizations were excited to learn how much we shared in common, from mission and methodology to current and planned programs. Like LIN, Learning House for Development offers workshops, meeting room rental, incubator services and research and information sharing services.

LIN benefited from learning about unique support services provided by LHD to its NPA members, such as their one-on-one coaching in financial management; their study scholarship for eligible NPA staff; and their contributions to the Knowledge and Information System (KIS) – a jointly managed website consolidating all job, training and grant opportunities, research, resources and upcoming events that may be of interest to staff of Laos NPAs.

During the workshop, there were two breakout sessions designed to simultaneously promote best practice sharing alongside the identification of areas for possible collaboration. LIN first joined a small group of NPAs to discuss experiences with fundraising, networking and social media. In that discussion it became clear that NPOs and NPAs both struggle to meet the requirements of large international grantmakers and are rather new to networking and building partnerships with local companies and local individuals. We all agreed there was a need to improve access to smaller grants by NPOs and NPAs and to improve communications between donors and prospective grantees to build trust and form relationships.

Throughout the workshop and informal discussions over shared meals, several joint initiatives were proposed. Following the exchange, Irish Aid announced the establishment of a small fund, which is designated to support future exchanges, trainings, needs assessments, technical support and joint thematic studies among Vietnamese NPOs and Laos NPAs.

Although it is not yet confirmed, the LIN team is an exchange visit to HCMC by the leadership team at LHD sometime in March 2015. Given our shared mission and overlapping objectives, the LIN team looks forward to building a strategic partnership with the Learning House for Development so both of our organizations can offer improved support services to our respective communities.

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Oct 14, 2014

Interrim Report - Narrow the Gap 2014

Narrow The Gap (Logo)
Narrow The Gap (Logo)
As a key supporter to Narrow the Gap, we invite you to review the results of our recent campaign, which are detailed in our interim report and event video from the Narrow the Gap Campaign for Education 2014.
While we certainly faced some challenges, the final results are truly amazing:
  • VND 1.5b donated to the Fund;
  • 234 donors (individuals, companies & NPOs);
  • 800 selfie photos of people raising their hands for education;
  • 6 photo albums about NPOs;
  • 93 submissions to our ideas contest;
  • 28 proposals;
  • 2599 votes (online and offline);
  • over 400 guests at our annual Narrow the Gap Community Event;
  • 3 grantees and 3 semi-finalists;
  • 15 media reports on the campaign; and
  • Over 2000 NTG Facebook likes!
Through an online and offline vote (nearly 2600 votes), the theme for Narrow the Gap 2015 was selected and will be ENVIRONMENT. If you have an interest in this cause, would like to get involved or suggest ideas for campaign improvements, we would like to hear from you.  Please send us an email or contact us at:
Tel: 08-3512-0092 
Thank you for your support to Narrow the Gap!

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