The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), a non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization, was founded as a means for Vietnamese youth organizations from across North America to network with one another, share common resources, and collaborate on philanthropy projects. The UNAVSA staff is composed of volunteers, including young professionals and college students that come from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds committed to empowering emerging community leaders within the Vietnamese community in North America.

The Collective Philanthropy Project

The Collective Philanthropy Project (CPP) was created in 2005 as a vehicle to assist North American Vietnamese non-profit organizations or philanthropy groups to better achieve their mission through collective and collaborative partnership with UNAVSA and its constituents. CPP provides a medium for youths and students across North America to collaborate behind one charitable cause through advocacy and funding. Every year various organizations apply to become a CPP beneficiary, however, through a voting process by UNAVSA members only one organization gets chosen. This is a great platform for all organizations to raise awareness for their campaigns and causes.

The CPP Process

The following is a general outline of how the beneficiary is selected from our top three applicants. Each organization will have 15 minutes to present their purpose, goals and proposal to UNAVSA conference attendees. After presentations from each group, participants will discuss, comment, and ask questions about the organizations and their purposes. Attendees will then vote for the group they think best deserves to be next year’s CPP Beneficiary. Results will be announced at the banquet on Saturday night. If selected, your organization will work side by side with UNAVSA CPP campaign directors to carry out the work for the 2017 – 2018 year. Funding for the CPP Beneficiary may be used for an existing program and/or project or be allocated towards a new program and/or project.

Since 2006, UNAVSA members have raised over half a million dollars ($563,421.35) in CPP Funds to support 12 different non-profit organizations.

Please feel free to contact our CPP Committee at should you have any questions or comments regarding the CPP selection process. We look forward to working with you!

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