Build Home for Vietnam NPOs

by LIN Center for Community Development

"LIN Oi, Where Are We Going" is an initiative starting from 2014. The program is an experiential half-day (or full day) group orientation to local causes, local nonprofits and strategic giving; it is designed for teams from philanthropic companies or groups of individuals. The program helps prospective donors through the process of selecting a cause or organization to support based on best practices in giving and the unique requirements or expectations of a company or group.

When joining in the program, participants will get a chance to understand the needs and operations of nonprofits identify opportunities for making a strategic contribution, experience unique and purposeful visits get closer to the underserved communities in Vietnam while opening the lines of communication between nonprofits and donors.

 In 11 March, 2017, LIN organized a session "LIN Oi, Where Are We Going" with the them An Equal Access for All starting from LIN Home to visit other organizations that working for Equality including ICS (LGBTIQ), DRD (Disability Research and Development), Tình Thân Group.

Before leaving LIN, participants attended an orientation to find out the difference between charity and community development, 7 steps to involve with a social project, effective giving.

An Equal Access for All is one in four sessions of "LIN Oi, Where Are We Going" that LIN would organize for public to register, those who would like to understand the NPOs.

Click the links to read the feedback of the participants in English or in Vietnamese.

Click here to register for next "LIN Oi, Where Are We Going" for public in June.

More photos are here.

Join us to help local people meet local needs!
Join us to help local people meet local needs!

Thank you for being with LIN throughout 2016 to improve the quality of life of people, especially the marginalized groups in Vietnam.

LIN Team would like to wish you and your family wonderful holidays filled with love, joy, and compassion!

In 2016, through our support services towards the local philanthropists (nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and donors), nearly 380,000 local people have been supported to have equal access to opportunities. Our network has grown to 218 grassroots nonprofit organizations (NPOs) addressing various challenges; the top five causes include: Education, Development, Poverty, Environment, and Healthcare. 61% of our NPO partners* sefl-evaluates that their organizations have become stronger than the previous year. Around 400 volunteers have helped to develop the NPOs' capacities through LIN's services; and approximately 100+ donors have been consulted by LIN to do good better.

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you the impact of LIN's work through this video, which has recently been developed by LIN's volunteers.  

If you value the work that LIN is doing or if you have found our services to be helpful to you or people you know, please take a moment to make a donation towards our mission during this season of giving and sharing!

Much love from all of us at LIN!

Tran Vu Ngan Giang

Executive Director

*According to LIN's annual survey with 101 NPO partners in 2016

Ms. Yen (first row, left) and the young leaders
Ms. Yen (first row, left) and the young leaders

The prolonged rain in the morning of 8th October 2016 couldn’t stop 13 young leaders in LIN’s 2016 Leadership Circle from making their way to the office of Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD). It was weekend and the venue was far from city center. However, everybody was excited for what’s waiting for them: a talk with one of the most inspiring nonprofit leaders in Vietnam.

Welcoming them to the meeting was Ms. Vo Hoang Yen, the founder of DRD. Ms. Yen started by asking the group questions about them and the organizations that they founded. These questions are also the ones that she struggled with in the early days of DRD:

-          What are the things that drive you to address these certain issues?

-          What are the biggest challenges for you?

-          How to overcome these challenges?

The 13 individuals have different things driving them to establish their organizations, but all have the same objective of building a better community. There are many different challenges facing the young leaders, but those that came up the most are human resources and social systems.

Ms. Yen replied by sharing her advice and experiences on how to drive the organizations forward and how to manage the operations of not-for-profit organizations, from grant application, understanding beneficiaries to managing the stress of being the leader and other academic insights. Some lessons are especially valuable for young leaders, such as:

-       The leaders should not try to do the impossible. Focus on solving the problems at hand.

-       A good leader behaves aptly in different situations while staying true to his or her core values.

-       Idea is what makes the difference and leads the change in this society.

-       Collaborate when necessary

-       Stay updated with international information.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Yen suggested the 2016 Leadership Circle group work together in the Social Work for the Youth project. Mr. Pham Truong Son, Deputy Director of LIN, along with Ms. Yen will be their mentors in implementing the project. The sharing session ended with every one having lunch together at a café near DRD office.

Thanks to the inspirational meeting, the young leaders received a boost in their enthusiasm and gained deeper insights into the activities of non-profit organizations. "After meeting with Ms Yen, I found the answer for one of my difficulties while working at my organization, which is what I should do when the beneficiaries refuse help from an NPO," said Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Hien, Project Manager of Children Smiles. "The answer is very simple, and I had one for my own, but after I listen to Ms. Yen, with her experience, I am confident in what I am doing. I personally appreciate her sharing about the path she has experienced since it is impressive and helps me reflect on my approach at my NPO."

Chi Doan (middle) at the training with Dee Koch
Chi Doan (middle) at the training with Dee Koch

On July 2nd, 14 members of the NPO Leadership Circle attended a training on leadership for young leaders with Ms Dee Koch, Partnership Relations Director of The George Foundation Organization. She has worked with non-profits in fundraising and building partner capacity for 27 years.

Mr Chi Doan, the leader of the HCMC bus organization, shares what he learned from the training with us: 

“I have always considered group conflict, personal mistakes and the missteps of  others’  as terrible things. I have to fight this tendency because of its adverse affect on both my personal and group work.

However, if individuals accept the reality and reasons of conflict, they will be more open to solve problems together. The important thing I learned from Ms Dee with is consensus. A leader has to inspire their employees by their confidence and their polite attitude in order to reach consensus within the group.

According to Ms Koch, there are two main methods to resolve conflict:

Leader confidence, bravery, positive attitude and compassion

A leader must be positive and inspiring through his confidence and bravery but also compassionate when dealing with other people’s fault.

These qualities help a leader not only guide  members to achieve their goals but also ignore their egos and personal interests for the common benefit of the group.

Remove barriers between members and the leader through  games

Group games allow members and the leader to understand each other more fully. They include answering a random funny questions in a box,  a game Ms Dee played with Leadership Cirlce 2016’s members in the meeting.

I learned a lot of useful knowledge and effective teamwork methods from Ms. Koch’s experience and skills and  realized that: accepting mistakes and resolving conflicts are popular challenges for young leaders. The key to success is accepting potential risks in every activity. And leaders have to be ready to get out of their own comfort zone to achieve their goal.

As a trainer, Ms. Dee Koch was inspired by the participation of the leaders. “Thank you for providing such a great session with the Young Leaders," she says. "I feel so invigorated from sharing with the group. You are doing such a great job of building their pathway to a great future. This opportunity/experience you have shared with me will be a great memory I take with me from Ho Chi Minh City. The memory will bring a smile to my face each time it is recalled.” 

I. Sharing the Guidelines on Ethical Practices in Fundraising for Vietnam

Last month, the LIN Center for Community Development was pleased to disseminate the Guidelines on Ethical Principles in Fundraising in Vietnam.  The document was adapted from the Association of Fundraising Professional's International Code of Ethical Practices in Fundraising to be compliant with Vietnam laws and acceptable to Vietnamese not-for-profit organizations. 

The Guidelines are intended to foster the growth of a community of not-for-profit organizations operating in Vietnam that participate in fundraising and are dedicated to accountability, transparency and effectiveness. Both the Vietnamese and English versions are available for download from the LIN Center for Community Development website. They are also (or will soon be) posted on several other websites of INGOs, local nonprofits and umbrella organizations in Vietnam (including the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre,, Mekong Plus, etc).

The effort to adapt and translate the guidelines involved many individuals and organizations engaged in fundraising that generously volunteered their time, skills and experience. Draft versions of the guidelines were shared with INGOs and local nonprofits at meetings, workshops and via email in order to solicit feedback and suggestions for improvement.  A complete list of contributors is detailed in the appendix. We would like to express particular appreciation to KPMG, Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers, YKVN, Mr. Bernard Kervyn from Mekong Plus, Ms. Lam Quynh Anh from Hogal Lovells, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh from MSD and Ms. Pham Thi Bao Chinh (freelance consultant) for taking the time to provide detailed feedback on early drafts. 

We would welcome and appreciate any comments and suggestions for improvement to the Guidelines, which can be sent to the core team at:

The Core Team: 

  • Ceporer Hoc Mon 
  • Disability Research and Capacity Development
  • ICS
  • LIN Center for Community Development
  • Saigon Children's Charity
  • Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh (freelance consultant)


II. LIN Annual Report 2015

The LIN Team is pleased to share with you our Annual Report for 2015. Please click on one of the links below to download a copy of the report:



We hope the report gives you a comprehensive picture about LIN and the work we delivered to the community, with your valuable partnership and support, in 2015. LIN team is currently working with Ernst & Young Vietnam to complete our 2015 audited financial report.  Upon completion, the report will be uploaded to LIN's website.  In addition, we are monitoring the impact of our work on local nonprofits, through a yearly suvey of our nonprofit partners. You can read the results of the 2015 survey at the following link: (LIN's audited financial statements will later be uploaded to this page as well).


III.  LIN Donor Survey 2016

How can LIN serve you better?

As a past donor to the LIN Center for Community Development, your opinion is extremely important.  Which programs do you find to be the most or least helpful?  Do our reports and updates provide the information you expected?   

Please click here to complete LIN's online donor survey.

The survey will take about 5 minutes and all answers will be kept strictly confidential.  Your feedback will be used to help decide LIN's future direction. 

Thank you, in advance, for telling us what you think about our work!



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LIN Center for Community Development

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, NA - Vietnam
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Project Leader:
Dana Doan
Ho Chi Minh City, -- Vietnam
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