Impact Fund – Updates

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the Impact Fund Committee. And here is what we can tell you so far!

We had 26 proposals from the community for a wonderful range of projects – both for Big Idea GOALS and for Project GRANTS.

The Impact Fund Committee has reviewed them all and the Feasibility Assessment Taskforce is currently reviewing six potential Big Idea GOALS, interviewing the proposal authors, local experts and School administrators to ensure we can really make the projects work!

We are extremely fortunate to have expert community members both on the Impact Fund Committee and in the Taskforce with decades of experience in assessing, developing, delivering and monitoring projects of this kind and we are confident that all the right questions are being asked and all the necessary information is being gathered to develop and explore all of the possible ideas that have been shortlisted this far.

We are keeping all the projects under wraps at the moment, but the Committee will meet on November 14 to provide a shortlist which will be communicated to the community and all students will be invited to vote and give the Impact Fund Committee their feedback as they face final decision making for the Big Ideas at the end of November.

The final Big Ideas for the UNIS Impact Fund’raising Community Campaign 2019-2020 will be announced in the Tin Tuc on November 29.

For the small Project GRANTS, the Sub-Committee will meet on November 5 and the first round of Grants will be approved and proposal authors will be notified the same day!

We will be announcing those first GRANT awards, funded thanks to the generous support for the UNIS Impact Fund by the School Community Organisation, in next week’s Tin Tuc. We look forward to bringing you stories of Impact unfolding as the year goes on.

And we will be sending out information for how you can support our students make their dreams come true to help change the world with a donation to our Community Campaign 2019-2020 which will launch before the Winter Break.

A huge thank you to the Impact Fund Committee for their hard work and commitment:

  • Co-Chairs: Emma Silva (Director of Advancement) and Iraj de Silva (Parent)
  • SCO Executive member: Chris Behr
  • Parent members: Sandra Le Courtois and Gareth Harrison Poole
  • Student members:
    • ES: Vilma Niklasson (SDG Guardians) and ES Student Council member
    • MS: Beatrice Reilly G8 and Andy Choi G8
    • HS: Solene Shelley G10 and Eddie Lee G10
  • Faculty members: 
    • ES: Christy Heitmiller
    • MS & HS: Qingli Liu 
  • VN Staff: Han Bich Hanh and Nguyen Thi Bich Hien
  • Admin member: Megan Brazil
  • Board member: Michelle Dinh Jones
  • Alumni member: Emmanuel Selvanayagam (Class of 2003)

QUESTIONS? Please see the UNIS Impact Fund website for more information or email

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