Hello UNAVSA Community,

Members of the greater UNAVSA community came together during the 9th annual UNAVSA conference in Minneapolis, MN, on July 27, 2012 to vote for the next beneficiary for the Collective Philanthropy Project (CPP).

The CPP is an initiative created in 2004 for Vietnamese-student and community organizations to collaborate in working toward a charitable cause. The idea was to create momentum for a collective continental effort under a philanthropic campaign each year. The CPP campaign helps a non-profit organization to better achieve their mission through spreading awareness as well as collective and collaborative fundraising with UNAVSA.

Months before the conference, non-profit organizations were nominated and encouraged to submit an application and project proposal. After reviewing the 15 applications, our Selection Board selected the Forgotten People Foundation, Good Samaritan Medical and Dental Ministries, and Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach as this year’s top 3 finalists.

The top 3 organizations traveled to Minneapolis to present their project to UNAVSA-9 attendees. Their presentations consisted of a 10-minute speech, individual Q&A, and panel Q&A. Following the presentations our attendees broke out into their regions and discussed who they wanted to be the next CPP beneficiary.

UNAVSA is delighted to announce Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach (MEMO) as the 2012-2013 Collective Philanthropy Project Beneficiary.

MEMO’s primary goal is to provide medical care and educational opportunities to the impoverished villagers in Vietnam. By supplying the villagers with the fundamental needs (health and education) deprived of them by poverty, MEMO hopes to give them a foundation in which they can raise themselves out of their current living conditions. MEMO also aims to spread awareness of the abject poverty seen in third world countries to the younger generation in the U.S. to propagate the notion of social responsibility into a brighter future.

UNAVSA and its regional partners will collaborate to help create a national campaign from September 2012 to July 2013 to help raise awareness and support MEMO’s Hepatitis B project.

If you are interested in being a part of the team that will lead this campaign please visit: www.unavsa.org/get-involved.


Nghia Le
Collective Philanthropy Project Selection Director


UNAVSA | Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations