Give2Asia & LIN Center for Community Development Partner for Donor Access to Grassroots Non-Profits and Social Enterprises in Vietnam

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Give2Asia, a leading U.S. philanthropic services nonprofit, and the LIN Center for Community Development, a Vietnam-based organization providing direct support to local nonprofits, today announce a fiscal sponsorship that enables U.S. donors to help strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic sector within Vietnam.

Give2Asia, a leading U.S. philanthropic services nonprofit, and the LIN Center for Community Development, a Vietnam-based organization providing direct support to local nonprofits, today announce a fiscal sponsorship that enables U.S. donors to help strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic sector within Vietnam.

The Vietnamese economy has been growing at a rapid pace; however, not all segments of the population are reaping the benefits of development. While the government and international donor community has stepped in to address this challenge in the past, Vietnam is becoming more dependent on local people and grassroots initiatives to provide a sustainable solution to the alarming rise in inequality. The LIN Center for Community Development serves individuals, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that have stepped up to address this challenge.

“In our effort to help local people meet local needs,” explained Ms. Ngo Quynh Nhu, LIN’s Executive Director, “LIN aims to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic environment and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.”

LIN Center for Community Development promotes and coordinates community alliances in an effort to improve access to opportunities and improve the quality of life for people living in and around Ho Chi Minh City. By providing direct support to not-for-profit organizations, in the form of grants, training and volunteer matching services, LIN improves the ability of struggling or underprivileged groups to adapt and develop in a changing society. Simultaneously, LIN facilitates meaningful volunteer and donor opportunities for those individuals and organizations that are looking to make a difference in their communities.

"Give2Asia is committed to helping our donors in the U.S. with information and resources about local needs," said Dien S. Yuen, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Give2Asia, "our partnership with LIN provides us access to many local grassroots groups and leaders shaping the non-profit sector in Vietnam."

Give2Asia’s Fiscal Sponsorship services help approved Asia-based charitable groups establish a U.S. presence, provide professional donor stewardship, and provides tax-deductible support for Asia-based groups. Give2Asia currently provides fiscal sponsorship to approximately 100 charitable institutions across the Asia-Pacific region. For more information on Give2Asia’s fiscal sponsorship program, visit http://www.give2asia.org/fsf.

U.S. donors can make tax-deductible donations to Give2Asia in support of the LIN Center for Community Development at http://www.give2asia.org/LIN, or by making donations of cash, securities or other assets to Give2Asia that indicate support for the LIN Center for Community Development.

About the LIN Center for Community Development
The LIN Center for Community Development (http://www.LINvn.org) is a Vietnamese, non-government, not-for-profit organization pursuant to Decision No. 741/QD-LHH of the Vietnam Union of Science & Technology Associations. Launched in August 2009, LIN seeks to foster a culture of philanthropy and social responsibility in Vietnam while providing direct support to local not-for-profit organizations. LIN serves as a vehicle through which donors can effectively contribute their time, talents and treasures to support these not-for-profit groups. At the heart of LIN’s establishment is the belief that local people and local groups are best placed to recognize and respond to the needs in their community.

About Give2Asia
Give2Asia (http://www.give2asia.org) promotes charitable giving by providing personalized philanthropic services for individuals, foundations and corporations. Founded by The Asia Foundation, with more than 50 years of grantmaking experience in the Asia-Pacific region, Give2Asia helps overcome the common challenges associated with giving overseas and has made possible more than US$130 million in giving since launching in 2001.

U.S. Media Contact
Cissy DeLuca
Give2Asia
465 California Street, Suite 806
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: 1.415.655.4852

Vietnam Media Contact:
Dana R.H. Doan
LIN Center for Community Development
71-73-75 Hai Ba Trung, 6th Floor
Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (848) 3824-6091

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