This article was written by Guest Blogger Dana R.H. Doan of the LIN Center for Community Development (LIN). LIN is a new resource for local not-for-profit groups, individuals and corporate philanthropists based in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You can see LIN’s other article on VTP about empowering Vietnamese women here.
As you may know, nonprofits in Vietnam are understaffed, underfunded and relatively new. This limits their ability to expand and improve core programs and services. LIN was founded to provide much needed training, grants, volunteers & resources to these nonprofits.
LIN supports grassroots not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to effectively manage resources and provide programs and services to disadvantaged members of our community. LIN’s core services to NPOs include: targeted trainings, skilled volunteer matching, grantmaking, research and information sharing.
To date, LIN has formed strategic partnerships with forty NPOs addressing different community needs such as: basic needs (food & shelter), education, vocational training, sports initiatives, environmental protection, arts and culture programs and more. Our partners include the Audio Library for the Blind, Blue Dreams Volunteer Network, Disability Resource and Development, HCMC Child Welfare Foundation and the Hospitality School of HCMC. Although our target beneficiaries are local NPOs, LIN collaborates closely with the international NGO community and government agencies that work to achieve our shared goals.
Simultaneously, LIN offers local philanthropists, including individuals and businesses, a way in which to engage constructively and support local needs while providing a transparent mechanism through which their contributions can be tracked and monitored. LIN believes that the more informed donors are, the more likely we all are to effect lasting and positive changes in our community.
Whether they may be interested to volunteer their time and professional skills; donate products or services; and/or make a financial contribution LIN provides support services to help donors that want to meet the needs in the community. To date, LIN has provided donor advisory services to individuals, international donor organizations, international and domestic companies including Hamon Investment Group, EMpower, Megastar Media, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Irish Aid and many more. Because we work closely with local not-for-profit organizations, we have an understanding about needs that are not currently being met and are therefore able to pass this knowledge along to prospective donors.
The LIN Center for Community Development is a licensed, Vietnamese, not-for-profit organization by authorization of Decision Number 741/QD-LHH of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association. LIN is an acronym for Listen, Inspire and Nurture.
LIN is currently competing in GlobalGiving’s Global Open Challenge. If we are able to raise at least $4,000 from 50 individual donors by April 26, we will be awarded an ongoing spot for our projects on GlobalGiving.org and have a chance to earn up to $6,000 in prize money for raising the most money during the challenge and attracting the greatest number of donors.
You can help us to raise money, earn a spot for our projects on GlobalGiving and earn GlobalGiving prize money just by spreading the word! For example, you can:
- Make a donation to LIN by going to our project on GlobalGiving here
- Share LIN’s story and Global Giving fundraising to your friends, families and colleagues. It’s easy, just share with them this article’s link.
- Post this information on your Facebook page or “Tweet” it using a short appeal and our abbreviated link (http://bit.ly/LINonGG).
- Call your friends, send them a message by SMS, shout it from mountain tops (I think you are getting the idea by now…)
By just passing along this information, you are going to help the LIN Center because the only way we will get new supporters is if you help us to tell them about us. We sincerely thank you for your support!