Skilled Volunteers Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits

by LIN Center for Community Development
Mar 19, 2013

10 NPOs in conversation with 3 fundraising experts

LIN's Meet the Experts in Fundraising

Dear LIN friends,

That local not-for-profit organizations have overlooked individual donations is one of the key points emerging from Meet the Experts, an event organized for the first time by the LIN Center for Community Development (LIN) on 27 February. This event, themed “Effective fundraising strategies” took place at the office of Horizons Capital Advisors and involved the active participation of ten local Not-for-Profit Organizations (NPOs).

Representatives from ten NPOs were connected with three fundraising experts, who volunteered their time to give their advice to and answer questions from the NPO staff. The experts included Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh—consultant of the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), Ms. Elizabeth Pham—director of LIN‘s Advisory Services, and Mr. Tran Minh Hai—director of the Tuong Lai Centre. Each NPO had at least 20 minutes to speak with an expert, ask questions about fundraising strategies and receive advice on fundraising problems specific to their respective or-ganization.

“I‘d given much thought to fundraising and the sustainability of our NPO. However, only when I spoke with the expert did my thinking become clear,said Ms. Le Thi Thu Thuy, the Thao Dan Social Protection Center‘s director, who received expert advice from Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh.

“My take away from the Meet the Experts event,” Ms. Thuy added, “is that our NPO will consider having a staff member specifically responsible for leveraging our networks and attracting individual donations.”

Before the event, the participating NPOs had prepared some questions for the experts. Some had done a quick review of their past financial reports in order to present the experts with a clear overview of their organization‘s fundraising situation.

Meet the Experts is a new imitative by LIN and is part of a larger project entitled -Vietnam NPO Capacity Building System. The event takes place every other month, providing a great volunteer opportunity for professionals who want to share their knowledge and best-practices with the local NPO staff.

Each Meet the Experts event has a theme (e.g. fundraising, volunteer management and program evaluation), and facilitates one-on-one conversations between local NPOs and relevant pro bono experts. Results from each Meet the Experts event will be uploaded onto LIN‘s website as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Experts will provide written responses to any unaddressed questions during an event.

For more information about Meet the Experts series and LIN's other activities to build capacity for local NPOs, please visit our website at: 


Truc Nguyen


About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

LIN Center for Community Development

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

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by LIN Center for Community Development that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.