Charity is important and provides critical support to people in difficult situations. However, solving problems and preventing escalation of existing issues requires collaboration and planned philanthropy.
For most of us, if we act alone, charity is the only option. Addressing a root cause of a social problem requires time and resources. By coming together and uniting local resources; however, we can take on larger and more difficult challenges, such as the social problems that allow inequality to grow and limit the potential our city has to offer. Since 2009, LIN Center for Community Development has been working to connect good people working to address local causes. One of the unique ways in which LIN does this is by managing a Community Fund.
Since 2009, LIN invites local not-for-profit organizations to apply for small grants up to three times a year, based on funds available. Applications are submitted to an evaluation committee, which is comprised of members of LIN's Board of Advisors and a revolving group of volunteers from the community. The committee selects proposals for funding, twice a year, or for advancement to a public vote, during the once-a-year, thematic grant round.
Summer 2013: LIN's Narrow the Gap Focused on Children
A summary and link to the grantee project descriptions are here.
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The theme for Summer 2014 isEducation.
Institutional Donors to Narrow the Gap 2013
Individual Donors to Narrow the Gap Fund and Event 2013
Over VND 4 million
Henry B. Nguyen & Nguyen Thanh Phuong (Pending)
Jocelyn Tran & Mr. Toan Nguyen
Dana Doan and Friends
Leann Luong and Friends
Jeffrey Carleton Emerson
Anya Kuznetsova and Friends
VND 2 million to VND 4 million
Carol M. Fox, Christine Nguyen, Dam Thuy Nga, Dang Thi Ngoc Dung, Daniel Acosta, Emily Lam, Huu Phan, Landon Carnie, Le Thi Bang Tam, Nguyen Khanh Minh Thuy, Nguyen Ngoc Thuong, Nguyen Tran Phuong Khanh, Ray Nayler, Tran Thi Lien Hoa, Vannie Ho
Up to VND 2 million
Alexis Bidermann, Aloha Allen, Amaury Le Blan, Andrew Currie, Andrew Miller, Andy and Betsy Allen, Anonymous (11), Barbara Dong, Bien & Elizabeth Nguyen, Caroline Bidermann, Catherine Burns, Catherine & Zoe Walter, Chau Ta, Christopher Butler, Colin Nayler, Dang Nguyen Quynh Anh, Dao Thao Thi Ngoc, Dennis Berg, Doug Ostertag, Elizabeth Rose Daly, Elynn Walter, Fancy Ku, Hung Doan Van, Huynh Thi Yen, Huynh Thy Thi Anh, Jaclyn Luo, Jan & Luna Walter, Jonathan Hwang, Kate Anderson, Kate Lam, Kimberly Hoang, Ksenia Dmitrieva, Laura Phan, Leah Raney, Linh Taylor, Margaret Shea, Mark Sidel, Mary Shea, Mdm. Le Thi Bang Tam, Mike Doan, Nancy Rubin, Ngo Anh Thi Kim, Nguyen Bao Phuong, Nguyen Duc Thuy Anh, Nguyen Ha Thi Khanh, Nguyen Hoang B. Dung, Nguyen M. Tram, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Nguyen Quynh Anh, Nguyen Thanh Phuong, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, Nguyen Tran Hoang Anh, Paul, Uyen and Om Finnis, Pham Bao Khanh Do, Pham Phuong Linh, Pham Thuy Dinh Ngoc Amy, Pham Truong Son, Phan Thi My Hoa, Rachael Carson, Suzanne Shea, Suzy Hill, Ta Hoa B. Thi Thanh, Than Thinh Xuan, Thanyachat Auttanukune, Thuy Le, Tran Nhung Thi Tuyet, Tran Thi Phuong Ngan, Tri Pham, Trinh Nguyen, Truong Le Bao Minh
LIN would also like to thank all the Board Member for supporting the Narrow the Gap Fund and Event 2013. We would like to particularly appreciate the support of three members: Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Dung, Mr. Doan Manh Kham and Ms. Nguyen Tran Hoang Anh.
Narrow the Gap Volunteers!
What Challenges Do Children Face in Vietnam?
For a quick answer, watch this 5 min video about the challenges children face in Ho Chi Minh City and the organizations that work to solve these challenges.
Not everyone is benefiting from Vietnam’s rapid economic development. Inequality is a real issue. Thousands of families and children are migrating to Ho Chi Minh City, fleeing poverty and looking for better opportunities. But life in the city brings new challenges, and urban unemployment, family break-ups, and crime rates are on the rise. All this leads to an increased number of abandoned, neglected, abused and exploited children as well as youth crimes. In 2010, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) reported that more than 4.3 million children were living in “special circumstances,” which is nearly 18 per cent of all Vietnamese boys and girls. It includes:
1,353,458 children with disabilities,
300,000 children affected by HIV and AIDS with 5,704 children living with HIV,
21,230 street children,
21,500 children living in institutions,
126,248 abandoned children and orphans without care from their biological parents, 28,910 children working in hazardous conditions,
1,805 abused children.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, in 2011 there were 13,600 juveniles in conflict with the law. Thousands of children are deprived of basic care, working in difficult jobs or living on the streets and many go completely unaccounted for in the official monitoring systems.
For many of these disadvantaged children the only place where they can receive health care, education, food, shelter, counseling and other support are local not-for-profit organizations.
To learn more about children’s issues in Vietnam and HCMC, click here
How does the Narrow the Gap Community Fund work?
LIN’s Narrow the Gap Community Fund supports local not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) tackling the most pressing problems in HCMC. The Fund works in a simple way.
Step 1.Call for proposals from local not-for-profit organizations (typically in May, June and October)
Normal grant round: Standard criteria, grant size is capped at VND 30 million.
Thematic grant round: Proposals must address a specific theme. Grant size is larger, up to VND 150 million.
Step 2.Review and selection of grantees (typically in April, August, November)
Normal grant round: A volunteer committee selects grantees
Thematic grant round: A volunteer committee ranks projects and selects finalists. Grantees are selected by way of an online and/or offline vote.
Step 3. Capacity building for NTG grantees
LIN matches NPOs with skilled volunteers
Training/Networking/Peer Sharing Events for NPO staff
Step 4.Monitoring and Evaluation by LIN + Volunteer Community Members
How is Narrow the Gap different from other charitable programs?
By donating to the Narrow the Gap Fund you multiply the impact of your donation. Pooling resources from many people allows us find long-term, effective solutions to core social problems that seem too large for one person or company to solve.
By supporting the Fund you support training programs for the staff of the not-for-profit organizations so they can deliver more effective services to the children they support. As they apply for grants, the organizations are invited to free workshops while preparing their projects. The organizations with the 3 best projects also receive free consultations with marketing and PR experts to help them better tell their stories, so that they can more easily receive donations in the future.
Finally, by joining the Fund you join a local network of good hearted individuals and companies who are dedicated to making our city a better place.
Why can you trust NTG Fund and LIN?
There are 4 reasons.
Reason ONE: LIN has been running the Community Fund since its foundation in 2009. During this time, LIN has given over VND 767,858,600 (over $ 36,500) to 30 projects of local not-for-profit organizations. Over 1,000 disadvantaged people in our city have received help through these projects. Click here to see the list of the sponsored projects.
Reason TWO: Since 2009, LIN has advised individual philanthropists and companies, including Nike Vietnam, Intel Corporation, Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific, Maersk Line, Talisman Vietnam, Viet Thai International, RMIT and others, on effective ways to invest in our community and helped them find trustworthy projects to support. In 2012 alone, 83 corporate and individual donors received philanthropy advice from LIN.
Reason THREE: LIN currently works with over 100 local not-for-profit organizations. Our daily work is providing training and consultations for these organizations, matching them with pro bono experts, and helping them find resources. At LIN we understand the strengths and needs of the local not-for-profit organizations as well as the best ways to support their work. Click hereto see the list of our partner organizations.
Reason FOUR: Look at all the people and companies that supported our work in the past! All of these amazing individuals and companies believe in LIN and Narrow the Gap Fund. We hope that you will join LIN too! Click hereto read all the great things our partners and donors say about LIN and the Fund.
Photos on this page and other materials for the NTG Fund are courtesy of Truong Quang Minh and LIN’s partner not-for-profit organizations: Not Lang, A New Day, ECO Vietnam Group, Green Future of Children, Hoa Mau Don, Nhan Ai, and Thao Dan. LIN would like to thank all the organizations who allowed us to share their images to help collect funds for the Narrow the Gap Fund.