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.
Tam Nguyen and the VNSF Board