"The Journey of an Individual Philanthropist"

by LIN Center for Community Development
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"The Journey of an Individual Philanthropist"
"The Journey of an Individual Philanthropist"
"The Journey of an Individual Philanthropist"
LIN's team
LIN's team

Dear friends, 

Greetings and happy holidays from the LIN team! 

As we managed to get through 2020 and now entering the first weeks of 2021, we would like to take the time to reflect on what’s happened in the past year and look toward what’s ahead. Like many other organizations, LIN experienced an uncertain year. Yet, beyond the uncertainties, we had the opportunity to adapt and explore on the boundaries outside our comfort zones. We learnt better that we can be resilient in the face of such a catastrophe as Covid-19 pandemic when we were forced to think out of the box for new ways to reach goals and boldly apply innovations with little time for testing and hesitation. For many of us it was a break-or-make moment.

In hindsight, 2020 gave the LIN team some time to review our programs, and to ask fundamental questions to ensure we do not deviate from our intention of building a dynamic community philanthropy ecosystem in Vietnam. We are grateful to our stakeholders and partners who contribute to LIN with their opinions and suggestions for our improvement. A multitude of lessons were drawn and will surely be integrated into the design of LIN’s programs and services in 2021. With that said, let us look forward to something new and better from LIN, and allow us to wrap up this year by sending you and your loved ones a very good wish for health, happiness, and luck for 2021!

Please click here to read our highlights from 2020, this was also our year-end newsletter to all the partners before Chrismas season. 

Obviously, it has been a tough year, even though 2020 is gone but Covid-19 pandemic still isn't, therefore we are glad that we could launch our phase 2 for Covid-19 Response Community Fund to provide funding for 20 local grassroots nonprofits facing difficulties from Covid-19, you can read more about the Fund here 

Also in 2021, we will kick off our new exciting program "Giving Well University Tour 2021" in collaboration with four universities in Vietnam, the program aims to raise awareness of Vietnamese students about the local nonprofit community and giving well in Vietnam. The tour targets to help 400 students from LIN's four partner universities to access the knowledge about the local nonprofits, social impact, as well as provide tools and skills for the students to get involved and play an active role in creating positive changes in the community. If you want to give us a hand, please consider to donate to this program on GlobalGiving here or simply spread a word to your network whom might be interested. 

Once again, thank you for accompanying and your tremendous support to LIN and our mission through out such a difficult year like 2020. We are extremely grateful for your generousity and support. Please stay safe and healthy! 


On behalf of LIN team

Lam Ngoc Thao, Executive Director 


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LIN & 10 Grants from Covid-19 Fund
LIN & 10 Grants from Covid-19 Fund

Dear friends, 

I hope my message finds you safe and well, wherever you may be. 

Three months after we introduced Covid-19 Response Community Fund, we have never imagined receiving such amazing support from the Community, and we are so touched to see many people such as yourself who give a hand wholeheartedly. Thanks to your generous donation and support, 10 local nonprofit organizations (NPOs) working tirelessly on employment, children, youth development and women causes, were able to receive this important funding support which play a significant role to help those organizations to carry on their operations and programs that serve those marginalized groups in their local communities in the next 6 months. This financial aid will somehow alleviate the burden of operational costs to sustain the organizations and resume their activities after the social lockdown. 

Please click here to download our initial report of Covid-19 Response Community Fund with summary of our fundraising result, introduction of 10 NPOs receiving the fund and our criteria how to select these 10 NPOs. We will continue to follow up with these NPOs in the next six months to evaluate the impacts of this funding support on their organization and their work, we hope to have some great stories and photos to share with you by the end of this year too. 

Moreover, despite all the challenges and barries under Covid-19 pandemic, we also managed to successfully organize our very first virtual conference after months of planning. This new format of LIN's Annual Cross Sector Conference was made to adapt to the new situation. Therefore, we are grateful for the support and understandings of all great sponsors, partners, speakers and supporters to make this event happen. 

And another good news also came two weeks after the Conference, the Opportunity Networking event of LIN's Annual Cross-Sector Conference which had to be delayed due to the social distance rule, is finally happening on 30th September thanks to the recently lifted restriction on event gathering in Ho Chi Minh City.

Our goal is to create opportunities for business and non-profit representatives, philanthropists to meet and connect with potential partners towards the 5 main themes including Education, Gender Equity and Social Inclusion, Environment & Climate Change, Job Training & Youth Development, Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship. If you are in Saigon and interested in attending the event, you can register to join us here.

Once again, on behalf of the LIN team and our community, we thank you for your generosity, support and kindness. 

Should you have any question or need any further information in the meantime, please do let us know. 

With gratitude,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 


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LIN's Covid-19 Response Community Fund
LIN's Covid-19 Response Community Fund

Dear friends, 

We hope that you have been staying safe, that the current global situation has been somewhat manageable and that things have slowly been improving for you!

This last quarter has been difficult for everyone, and LIN is no exception. The majority of our plans for 2020 had to be postponed and our goals had to be modified, however this does not mean that we are not making every effort to continue supporting local nonprofits in Vietnam. It has been an extremely challenging time for both nonprofits and LIN, particularly in regards to fundraising due to the financial constraints being faced by companies and individuals alike. Many of the activities we had planned will unfortunately have to be postponed for the foreseeable future, and this has predictably had a significant negative impact on LIN and our local nonprofit partners. 

In the next few months we will have to remain flexible in our approach, however we are planning on continuing our efforts to support local nonprofits that have been devastated by Covid-19 pandemic. Following many conversations with our local nonprofit partners and supporters to understand both challenges and needs in response to this trying time, we recently have introduced our Covid-19 Response Community Fund which will be focused on supporting nonprofits working on specific goals, these being; children & women, education & youth development & employment. The aim is to prevent a major disruption to services in the most vulnerable communities in Vietnam when they need it most. We conducted a survey to identify these needs; for more information about the survey results, please click here

In addition to this, we will also host a webinar for local non profits, focusing on the concept of resilience. The webinar will be titled “Building resilience in the local nonprofit sector in times of crisis”, and will be hosted on the morning of 28th May. The webinar will be based on real case studies, and nonprofits will share their experiences in dealing with challenges during the pandemic, detailing how they have adapted, the specific challenges they have had to face, and the different approaches they have taken to ensure their survival in these extremely uncertain and tumultuous times. 

Things are far from easy for everyone right now, but if we all come together in a small way, we can continue to have a significant impact and rebuild our communities. If you are able to support us in this endeavour please donate to our Covid-19 Response Community Fund campaign on GlobalGiving here or simply spead a word to your friends and family. 

If you have any questions about the Fund, please do not hesitate to drop me an email at kelly.vo@linvn.org. Look forward to updating you more in our next report! 

In the meantime, please stay safe and well wherever you are. 


Vo Ngoc Tuyen - Kelly 

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 


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Nonprofit speakers sharing at November workshop
Nonprofit speakers sharing at November workshop

Dear friends,

We hope 2020 is off to a great start for you!

LIN Center ended 2019 on a high note with many memorable activities and impact that we are very excited to share with you.

On November 21st, we successfully organized our Cross-Sector Partnership Workshop, "Transformation of Community Development in Vietnam."

The event welcomed more than 60 attendees, ranging from leaders in business, non-profit, and media organizations. The event’s success exceeded our expectations. It once again confirmed our strong belief in the importance of each individual's role in creating long-lasting impact in our communities - socially, economically, and environmentally. The sharing session led to energetic interaction between attendees, especially the in-depth exchange with each speaker, which was positively received by all.

One partnership forged from this workshop between SAITEX and Hear Us Now. SAITEX has just hired new deaf employees, and look to Hear Us Now to provide language, writing, and IT skills training to grow its company. Hear Us Now is a non-profit partner of LIN Center, and a great fit to support this project. We also shared that SAITEX was invited to Blanc, a restaurant in District 1 of Saigon that only employes deaf or hard of hearing individuals, another beneficiary of the Hear Us Now project.

"It was beautiful to see them successfully working and being integrated into their environment. The two team members introduced us to their projects and gave us more background on the issue of deaf people in Vietnam and their struggles. They were delighted to hear about SAITEX 's work and gave us several tips. They also shared with us the dictionary that they developed, currently the most detailed in Vietnam. The team at SAITEX is now using it to make posters that will benefit deaf people and those working with them at SAITEX.", Ms. Virginia of SAITEX told us.

On December 27th, LIN Center organized Mandala Night & NPO Networking 2019: "A Journey for All: SPRING STATION." Through this event, we expressed appreciation to our non-profit partners, volunteers, and supporters, who have accompanied us on the journey to building a stronger community in Vietnam.

"The "SPRING STATION" event marks ten years of LIN Center's presence with the mission of connecting and promoting community philanthropy in Vietnam. The very first event was organized with 20 participants. After ten years, LIN was very pleased to welcome 120 people to meet, connect, and share last night. In 2019, a positive highlight of the non-profit community is the participation of young people in social activities.

Vietnamese and foreign enterprises have also actively participated in activities that bring about long-term social impacts through CSR - CSV program, which has led to the change of many organizations in the development of more sustainable mission and operations.

Being aware of the rapid changes in the world and Vietnam, the non-profit community also adopts new tools. Many organizations have taken advantage of the latest social media network, applied crowd fundraising platforms, and design thinking approach, PRA, business model canvas to the design its operations, etc.

Hopefully, in 2020, the non-profits and individual and organizational philanthropists will have a wonderful year of connecting and building an increasingly kind and prosperous community." Excerpted from the message from Mr. Son - LIN Director of NPO Partnerships.

Thank you again for your support and partnership throughout 2019. We couldn't have gone this far without your generous support and donations. On behalf of the LIN team, may I wish your 2020 will be a meaningful and successful year! We will be in touch with more updates in our next report. If you love what we are doing, please consider continuing to support us on GlobalGiving at https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/journeyofaphilanthropist/ or help us spread our messages.


Kelly Vo, Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising



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Workshop at LIN's 2019 Cross-Sector Conference
Workshop at LIN's 2019 Cross-Sector Conference

Dear valued donors, partners and friends,


In the last few months we have been asking our local nonprofit partners what impact they have experienced after attending LIN’s Annual Cross Sector Conference: Partnerships - Impact - Sustainability in May 2019.

Let’s hear from some of LIN’s partners about their experience from attending LIN’s Annual Cross Sector Conference in 2019. How have cross-sector connections had an impact for them?


Ms Huong is from Cau Han Project, which supports at risk children and their families to learn about health issues such as HIV and other community issues. She was a participant at this year's Conference and was willing to share her experience in making connections and meeting potential partners:

“At the conference, I participated in discussions and met many partners including NPOs, businesses and journalists. I am particularly interested in the field of education and the responsibility of businesses in the overall development of society. I think some of the results came from the conference: - We can listen to the views of businesses for NPOs - What is the best way for NPO to work with businesses? - In addition, I am inspired by the leadership style "A leader is a person who inspires others, helps individuals develop their capabilities. Each person can be a leader in our organization." After the conference: I become more confident when communicating. I also have more networks to work on education. Our organization is more confident working with businesses. In July 2019, for the first time, we signed a project to work with local businesses ("Improve the quality of education for disadvantaged children in District 7").” - Ms Huong, Cau Han Project.


Ceporer Hóc Môn is a local nonprofit and NPO partner of LIN, that works with vulnerable and homeless children in Hóc Môn district. At the 2019 Conference, Ms Lan, the Founder of Ceporer Hóc Môn met a speaker at the event who works for an MNC with growing operations in Vietnam. Ms Lan connected them with an environmental INGO which is already supporting Ceporer Hóc Môn with their fundraising. Now the MNC and the environmental INGO and Ceporer Hóc Môn are all looking into a collaborative project together to build 6 much-needed fresh water wells to provide safe water for the communities in Long An Province in the Mekong Delta.


CHANGE is a local environmental NPO and a partner of LIN. Last year at the 2018 Conference, Ms Hong, Founder & Executive Director of CHANGE Vietnam, shared how her perspective towards the private sector changed over time:

“Years ago, we used to think that business and corporations are the causes of the environment’s problems. But then we realize that, in fact, they could be a big part of the solutions, so we’ve started to engage with them, we’ve been working with their CSR programs for many years” - Ms Hong, Founder & Executive Director of CHANGE Vietnam, at LIN’s Annual Conference 2018 “How Doing Good is Good for Buisness”

This year, at LIN’s Annual Cross-Sector Conference 2019: Partnerships – Impact – Sustainability, Ms Nhi, the Managing Director of CHANGE came as a participant and left with a big ‘take away’. The contacts she met and the topics discussed lead CHANGE to develop their 4 year strategic plan to include exploring cross-sector partnerships. Ms Nhi Thoi shared that previously CHANGE had been thinking that NPOs must play solo and stay within their sector. But through opportunities like the Conference, CHANGE has become open to collaboration with corporates and local government, as they have seen evidence that these sectors are willing to be helpful and supportive of NPOs and their work.

“The conference helped us, along with other NPOs to have a broad look at the current CSR situation of other companies, corporations in Vietnam and was able to listen to the businesses about qualities and operations of individual units, open up many opportunities for new connections with other businesses in the future. Here, we also had a chance to learn and were inspired by the startup stories, missions, and visions of other NPOs that has the same starting point and background. We realized the importance and feel comfortable, and more open towards multilateral cooperation to bring positive changes, and sustainability to the community. Thank you LIN for bringing us the opportunity to connect and learn.” - Ms Nhi, Managing Director, CHANGE, at LIN’s Annual Conference 2019.


We have also been busy preparing for our next Cross-Sector event on 21 November 2019: "Transformation of Community Development in Vietnam"

At this event we will be exploring how local nonprofits have been implementing and transforming their community development approaches, and how SMEs build their CSR programs and promote these activities. It is a chance to learn, discuss and connect across sectors with leaders from nonprofits and businesses in Vietnam.

Cross-sector partnerships between nonprofits, businesses, communities, government, philanthropists, and volunteers are key to sustainable development in Vietnam. Everyone, including interested individuals and philanthropists like you, have something to share, whether it is time, money, expertise, resources, networks, and of course, passion and commitment to making a difference. Please click here to learn more about the event and register to join us!


Thank you for your kind donations throughout the year. It has helped us to continue the work we do to support local nonprofit organizations and partnerships in Vietnam. If you enjoyed these shared stories from our nonprofit partners and would like to see more positive change, please donate:



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



Kelly Vo - Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising.


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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, NA - Vietnam
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