UNIS Impact Fund – First Grants Approved!

Student and community ideas are already being put into action!

Thanks to the UNIS Impact Fund and the partnership with the School Community Organisation for its Grants Programme, our students and faculty will soon be working to deliver the following projects:

  • Teaching music to disadvantaged youth with Ukeles provided by the UNIS Impact Fund
  • Plastic pollution reduction through an art exhibition and the stories told by re-usable shopping bags provided by the UNIS Impact Fund
  • Artist in residence to demonstrate and teach traditional Vietnamese Textile Art

This week the UNIS Impact Fund Grants Committee met and reviewed 11 Grant applications from students, teachers and parents and approved three for immediate action!

Three more proposals were asked for further development, and approval in concept and principal was given for UNIS Beekeeping to develop a detailed proposal. All of these Grants are possible thanks to the generous support of the School Community Organisation (SCO) who have donated 20,000 USD to support small projects with a special emphasis on promoting advocacy, risk taking, prototyping and piloting and all with Learning Impact at the centre.

So many great projects making an impact in our community! If you have an idea for a grant proposal we want to hear from you. The UNIS Impact Fund is open for Grant applications all year round – Find out more!

Thanks to the Impact Fund Grants Sub-Committee which has representation from all members of the community:
Chair: Iraj deSilva (Parent)
Members: Chris Behr (SCO), Emma Silva (Admin), Gareth Harrison Poole (Parent), Eddie Lee (G10 student), Vilma Nikklasson (G5 Student), Lily Liu (Faculty), Hanh Bich (Staff).

Meanwhile…

The Impact Fund Committee’s Feasibility Assessment Taskforce is currently mid-review for 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.

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 just before the Winter Break.

QUESTIONS? Please see the UNIS Impact Fund website for more information or email impact@unishanoi.org

So You Want To Change The World?

The UNIS Impact Fund is designed to you help you do exactly that!

New this year, the UNIS Impact Fund will support both Big Idea GOALS and smaller Project Funding GRANTS to ensure that our students wake up every morning knowing they can make a difference!

And at the moment, we want you to hear all your Big Idea GOALS with the October 21 deadline fast approaching!

This month the Impact Fund Committee will review all your Big Ideas and decide which ones go forward into the ‘feasibility phase’ this month. This gives the Committee time to work out with the School Admin which projects we might actually be able to implement – is it even possible?

Then the shortlist will go to a student vote and the Impact Fund Committee will decide which of the great ideas that we have received will get funding for up to $100,000 USD from our Community Impact Fund’raising Campaign.

You can read all the details on the UNIS Hanoi website and fill out the simple form to get the ideas rolling.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS TODAY!

Ready, steady… IMPACT!

We are delighted to announce the membership of the Impact Fund Committee.

This cross community committee will be the decision makers choosing the projects for our community Impact Fundraising in 2019-2020.

The projects supporting UNIS Hanoi’s Vision, Mission and Values to help deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be selected from the BIG IDEAS that you are poised to submit!

Watch this space for the details on how to get your ideas in front of the Committee for consideration in next week’s Tin Tuc.

We have been delighted by the community response to the Impact Fund and choosing the members of the Committee was hard, with so many excellent candidates and submissions. The decision for membership was taken after careful consideration of all the applications that were received and we are delighted to announce the following Impact Fund Committee for 2019-2020:

  • 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 and Student Council member TBC
    • 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: TBC after the Board’s 2-Day meeting in September.
  • Alumni member: TBC
  • Committee Coordinator: Dinh Thi An Ha

For any questions please contact the Committee Coordinator Ha Dinh and Co-Chairs Emma Silva and Iraj de Silva: impact@unishanoi.org

What are you doing this weekend?

Would you like to help the School decide how to spend money on our students to support exciting projects conceived by them and our community?

Would you like to be part of a team that will decide how we can most make a difference in the world?

Would you like to represent the community on the UNIS Impact Fund Committee?

If the answer is Yes to any of those questions, all you have to do this weekend is let us know that you would like to get involved with the new UNIS Impact Fund Committee by filling in this SHORT FORM.

We will be selecting the UNIS Impact Fund Committee members next week – so be sure to fill out the form before Tuesday September 10.

What is the UNIS Impact Fund?

The UNIS Impact Fund is both a community fundraising campaign and a project fund to support learning. In short, it is designed to help students change the world!

You will be hearing a lot more about it this year…

Approved projects will create Impact in the following areas:

  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Service Learning
  • Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics
  • Facilities improvement
  • Professional Development

And the decision makers for which project gets funding?

It could be you!
As part of a cross-community team – the UNIS Impact Fund Committee – with students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, admin and Board members. You could be part of the team that selects the shortlist for student vote and then make the final decision!

The Fund supports both ambitious community projects – the Big Ideas – chosen at the start of each year and adopted as the focus for annual community fundraising (GOALS); and smaller individual projects supporting risk-taking, pilot programmes and advocacy by small groups or individuals (GRANTS).By working together the UNIS Hanoi community can transform lives and society!

Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund website and fill in the Impact Fund Committee FORM.

And if you have questions? Our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva is happy to help: doa@unishanoi.org

You can make an Impact!

Do you want to…

  • Engage and excite students – Student Impact!
  • Realise our ambitions as educators – Learning Impact!
  • Ensure opportunities for everyone – Community Impact!
  • Further our Mission, driven by our Values and Vision – Strategic Impact!
  • Deliver Agenda 2030 – World Impact!

Join the Impact Fund Committee and have a deciding voice in how the new UNIS Impact Fund is spent to support your child/ren and our UNIS Hanoi Vision for a better world!

A plastics recycling plant on campus? An artist in residence creating sculptures from our waste? Solar panels powering the campus?

These are just a few of the ideas from students, faculty and parents and we haven’t even got started yet! Exciting stuff!

This year our community will have the opportunity to help make an impact both on student learning at UNIS Hanoi and to help change the world!

The UNIS Impact Fund is a new programme which will support both your child’s learning and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as we work together to embrace a future with hope.

This new project fund will be coordinated by a cross-community committee made up of students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. And we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Please visit the UNIS Impact Fund Committee information on the website and apply today through this Application Form. (Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10.)

And if being part of a committee is not your thing… Everyone will have the opportunity to submit ideas for projects and of course help us raise the funds for this transformational philanthropy campaign. Watch out for updates in the Tin Tuc in the coming weeks.

But to get started, we need our Impact Fund Committee of volunteers. Is it for you? Check out the website for the committee description, terms of reference and schedule of meetings.

And to get you in the mood for transformation… Watch the UNIS Impact Fund Anthem by UNIS Hanoi Alumnae (Class of 2019) Irma Hogberg.

Impact Fund Needs You!

This year our community will have the opportunity to help make an impact both on student learning at UNIS Hanoi and to help change the world!

A plastics recycling plant on campus? An artist in residence creating sculptures from our waste? Solar panels powering the pool?

These are just a few of the ideas from students, faculty and parents and we haven’t even got started yet!

The UNIS Impact Fund is a new programme which will support both your child’s learning and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as we work together to embrace a future with hope.

This new project fund will be coordinated by a cross-community committee made up of students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. And we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Please visit the UNIS Impact Fund Committee information on the website and apply today through this IFC Application Form. (Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10.)

And if being part of a committee is not your thing… Everyone will have the opportunity to submit ideas for projects and of course help us raise the funds for this transformational philanthropy campaign. Watch out for updates in the Tin Tuc in the coming weeks.

But to get started, we need our Impact Fund Committee of volunteers. Is it for you? Check out the website for the committee description, terms of reference and schedule of meetings.

And to get you in the mood for transformation… Watch the UNIS Impact Fund Anthem by UNIS Hanoi Alumnae (Class of 2019) Irma Hogberg.