Empower Nonprofits to Reduce Inequality in Vietnam

by LIN Center for Community Development
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

Dear friends,

Back in 2010, with your kind support, LIN was able to raise over $16.000 on the GlobalGiving website. This money funded many programs and empowered over 100 of Vietnam's local not-for-profit organizations (NPOs). Their staff attended free seminars. They took part in contests. They learned how to recruit and manage volunteers and how to find and collaborate with donors. They learned how to make people in their communities care and come together to solve social problems. All this new knowledge helped them to expand and improve their work. As a result, they can provide better support to over 2.000 disadvantaged people in the community. But most importantly: this knowledge will stay with local people and contribute to Vietnam's growth from within, bringing to life LIN's motto: Helping local people meet local needs. Like in the proverb, LIN does not give out fish, but rather teaches local people how to fish for themselves!

Many of you have been following LIN's progress ever since, You have attended our community events, you have read our newsletter, and you have supported our work. Many of you are now LIN's dear friends. Our success is your success. Between the two New Years - Western and Eastern - we are happy to celebrate with you  LIN's highlights from 2012!  

We would like to invite you to share some of your Holiday warmth by supporting LIN's current Global Giving project, the New Year Lights Campaign: Build a Home for Vietnam NPOs. The new Home will be the LIN Community Resource Center for local NPOs. It will have a space for free seminars and consultations for NPO staff, a library, a space for startup local NPOs, a skilled volunteer center, and a venue for LIN's community events - all in one cozy home that you will help us build for our NPO family.

From all of us at LIN, thank you.

May your home be filled with warmth this holiday season!

Dear LIN Friends,

Thanks to your support in 2010, the LIN Center for Community Development was able to grow our NPO capacity building program, providing more services to an increasing number of NPO staff and organizations who are working to strengthen the community in which we work.

Below is a brief overview of our support service sto NPOs in 2010:

  • 27 grants (valued at over VND 362 million/ USD $18,596)
  • Facilitated 4 grants by other donors (valued at VND 394 million/ USD $20,205)
  • Established new partnerships with 27 NPOs (56 NPO Partners by end Dec 2010, 58 partners by end January 2011)
  • Organized 11 Workshops for 142 NPOs and 318 participants
  • Disseminated 12 newsletters – VN & EN (increased subscriptions from 660 to 1300)
  • Co-hosted networking and information sharing events for the NPO community

A detailed record of our 2010 programs and activities is detailed in LIN's 2010 Annual Report, which is attached to this message (and also available for anyone to download from our website).

As the resident English language PR person for the LIN Center, I must apologize for the delay in sending you more recent project updates. I fell ill late in the Summer and Fall months and was remiss in some of my duties.  For those of you that provided your email addresses, you've hopefully all still managed to receive copies of our monthly newsletter, reporting on activities and outcomes of the LIN Center. (If not, they are all still available for download from our website - see link below.)

Thanks again for your generous contribution to the LIN Center's NPO Capacity Building programs last year!  We could not have organized all of the above programs and services without that support.

Dana, on behalf of the LIN Team



Dear LIN Supporters,

Yesterday was a happy day and I wanted to share some good news and also a few updates regarding our project:

* On 5 June, GlobalGiving transferred all of the funds you helped us raise to our bank account in Vietnam. That included the total amount raised during the challenge - USD $16,033.15, plus a USD $3,000 cash prize from GlobalGiving (for taking 3rd place in their Open Challenge).

* During the competition, a new law was passed in Vietnam, requiring that all foreign aid coming into Vietnam - whether for charitable or community development purposes - be approved, in advance by the government. LIN worked with the folks at GlobalGiving to obtain the necessary documents, we translated them into Vietnamese and submitted a complete application in mid-June. Yesterday, 19 July, LIN received the official decision from the Government permitting us to receive these funds (refer to the attached letter - sorry that it's only in Vietnamese), which means that we can now use your funds!!!

* Despite the inability to access the GlobalGiving funds over the past month, LIN continued with our scheduled capacity building programs and activities:

- On June 4th, we organized a workshop on "Trends and Best Practices in NPO Fundraising" for over 70 representatives of not-for-profit organizations (it was our most well attended workshop and we got some of the best feedback we've received to date - refer to the attached workshop report). - On Saturday, 10 July, we organized a roundtable meeting with 20 NPO representatives on "Roles and Responsibilities of a Not-for-Profit Board of Directors". The focus was on the basics: what are the inherent roles and responsibilities of a member of a Board, what is the difference between different types of Boards (Governance, Advisory, Trustees, Management) and what is the current situation in Vietnam. Among Vietnamese NPOs, there are less than a handful of organizations that have operating governing boards. Most NPOs only use managing or advisory boards. This is something that we think may change with rising attention to good governance practices... - Currently, we are in the midst of reviewing grant applications from NPO partners. This will be LIN's second grant allocation for 2010. This time around we introduced a new element to the grant review process. After the members of the allocation committee reviews and individually evaluates each application, they will come together for a meeting to raise any questions or concerns about each application. After that, they will have an opportunity to meet with one or two representatives from each of the NPOs to ask questions. The grantees will be announced in early August... - For the month of August, LIN has scheduled a workshop on "Measuring Your Organization's Performance" (5 August) and a roundtable on "Conducting Effective Meetings" (7 August). We are fortunate to collaborate with an NGO consultant from the US, with over 30 years experience, on these two trainings programs.

As you know, we set a goal for ourselves to raise USD $11,384 to help empower nonprofits in Vietnam throughout 2010. Since you helped us to raise much more than that, we talked to our team and spoke with a few donors about how we could make the best use of the additional funds. One donor, who made a contribution of over USD $5,000 to LIN during the GlobalGiving Open Challenge, agreed to apply USD $3,000 of his donation to support a competition that LIN just launched called, "We Want Your Volunteer Stories!" (Please visit our website for details about this competition. You can copy and paste this shortcut: http://bit.ly/volunteerstories).

On 1 August, LIN will celebrate its first birthday (we launched in Ho Chi Minh City on 1 August 2009). Two of our board members have generously offered to organize a small party in HCMC to celebrate this important milestone. If you will be in HCMC on 29 July and would like to attend, please send us an email at: Donor@LINvn.org and we will send you the invitation. Either way, I'd like to take this opportunity to "thank you!" from the bottom of our hearts, for your support to LIN during our first year. Thank you so much for making all of this possible.

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Now that the results have posted, we wanted to send you a short update and a thank you note for helping LIN to greatly exceed the fund raising target we had set to Empower Local Nonprofits to Reduce Inequality in Vietnam

At the beginning of GlobalGiving's Global Open Project Challenge, we set a goal for ourselves to raise USD $11,384 for this project in 2010. Not only did we achieve that goal, in just over one month, but you also helped us to exceed the target by more than $5,000! Because you helped us to raise so much money, we also found ourselves in third place overall, in terms of the funds raised, which means that we won $3,000 from GlobalGiving!!!

We will gather the LIN team together to see how we might allocate the additional $8,323. If you have any preferences, recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to email us at: donor@LINvn.org. Either way, we will keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you so much for your support to the LIN Center for Community Development!

Sincerely, Your friends at LIN


GlobalGiving presentation at the workshpo
GlobalGiving presentation at the workshpo

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On March 14th he was a speaker at a workshop put on by LIN in Ho Chi Minh City. His “Postcard” following up on the event:

LIN was the first of a few organizations I came across in Southeast Asia that are set up to be a resource for other NGOs—a type of organization I didn’t know existed in developing countries before this trip. According to Dana Doan, LIN’s founder, they seek to support the work of local Vietnamese non-profits by connecting them with skilled volunteers, providing small grants and other resources, and holding workshops and trainings. I got to experience this last component firsthand as a speaker at a workshop LIN organized on the use of social media for non-profits.

I put on workshops myself in several other places in Southeast Asia and none were as well attended or professionally run as this. Sixty-five individuals representing 54 organizations came and saw a panel from local and international NGOs present their experience with using social media in Vietnam—a very valuable topic for non-profits (though I’m admittedly a bit biased). The attendees seemed engaged throughout and asked good questions.

LIN is a young organization but is already proving valuable to Saigon’s non-profits. I’m happy that they’ve recently secured a permanent spot on GlobalGiving!

Some of the 65 participants
Some of the 65 participants

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Organization Information

LIN Center for Community Development

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, NA - Vietnam
Website: http:/​/​www.LINvn.org
Project Leader:
Dana Doan
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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