Dear friends,

Some of you have asked me why you haven’t received your invitation to the VNSF fall dinner gala. Rest assured, we didn’t forget you! We have postponed the event until spring. Your invitation will arrive in a few months. Until then, please kindly mark your calendar:

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Mercer Island Community Center

The seeds of generosity you have planted through VNSF are bearing much fruit.

  • Almost 500 children are in school through VNSF scholarships. This fall we distributed scholarships in Saigon, Tien Giang, An Giang, Hau Giang, Dong Thap, and Bac Lieu.
  • The number of children receiving scholarships continues to increase. Last year we awarded 25% more new scholarships than the number of scholarships that were ending the same year.
  • At our “Sweet Sixteen” anniversary dinner, you helped us break the $100,000 barrier for the second time in our history!

But the success of our mission has come at a cost. As the number of students has increased, so has the work of running the programs. Sustained growing pains threatened to overwhelm our hard-working all-volunteer board. Some long-serving board members and volunteers experienced burnout.

This spring we welcomed several new faces. Joining board veterans Gary Ly and Alina Tran were long-time VNSF volunteers and supporters Nhung Le, Phong Dang, and Michael Bunney. And 2018 saw the return to the board of two of the founders of VNSF, Michael Grainger and Tam Nguyen.

The board made a day-long retreat in May and looked hard at our challenges. We laid out a strategy to restructure VNSF to meet tomorrow’s needs. Since then, we’ve been working to develop these plans.

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and we look forward to sharing with you a new and exciting vision for VNSF’s future.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for young people in Viet Nam. Together we are changing lives and futures.

Kindest regards,

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Tam Nguyen and the VNSF Board

Welcome Back to School!

This year, VNSF welcomes back to school 127 NEW students into our scholarship program!  Last spring, we interviewed 130 students and while we only budgeted to accept 120 students, we ended up accepting nearly all the students.  It’s hard to say no to such promising students who are in such dire need of financial stability so they can complete their education. We’ll just have to fundraise all the harder to help support the 618 scholarship students still currently enrolled in our scholarship program.

With this year’s new students, we’ve crossed a huge milestone.  Since we started in 2001, we’ve helped over 1000 students continue their education through our on-going scholarship program! We couldn’t have done it without the generous support from our wonderful donors who believe in the power of education to make real and lasting change.  Thank you!!

Want to try your hand with delicious dishes from around the world?  These baskets are for you! Our “This is Pho You” basket is all the dry ingredients you need to make a tasty bowl of pho — Vietnam’s famous noodle soup and comfort food.  In our “Taste of Italy” basket you’ll find an assortment of pastas, fine olive oil and a variety of seasonings to create delicious Italian meals for you and your family.  Last but not least is our Sushi basket… from sushi rice, to dipping trays, this basket has everything you need — just add the fish!  Win the Salmon fishing trip and you’ll have the freshest sushi you’ll ever get!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…