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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: VCF/Heartbeat Vietnam is dedicated to improving the health and education of poor children accross Vietnam.

Results: Provided life-saving heart operations to over 8,327 children suffering from congenital heart defects; provided free health care to over 238,887 poor Vietnamese children in the rural areas; provided over 186 crash carts to rural hospitals; trained over 1,500 doctors and nurses in pediatric advanced lifesaving skills; implemented 70 water filtration systems; and provided 1,074 university scholarships to poor but academically-talented female ethnic minority students.

Target demographics: disadvantaged children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 35,000 children

Geographic areas served: Vietnam

Programs: 1. Heartbeat Vietnam: Heart Operations, Family Grants, Continuing Care, and mobile medical Outreach Clinics 2. Critical Response: pediatric emergency lifesaving training and crash cart donations 3. Survive to Thrive: improving the capacity for neonatal care with training and equipment donations 4. A Brighter Path: scholarships for female ethnic minority students

Community Stories

224 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The VinaCapital Foundation has been providing critical support to the Hanoi Run for Children (www.runforchildrenhanoi.org) since inception in 2009 after nine years under the Terry Fox Run format. I take this opportunity to personally thank Mr. Rad Kivette and the VCF team for their much appreciated guidance. Alexandre Legendre, Vice President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

3

Donor

Rating: 5

HSBC focuses on helping young people reach their potential, regardless of their background. By investing in educational partnerships, we’re able to commit time, money and resources to promote economic growth by helping young people reach their potential.

To this end, HSBC has partnered with VinaCapital Foundation on multiple projects to improve financial literacy, management education, and access to higher education for the underprivileged. Through these endeavours, we have been consistently impressed with VinaCapital Foundation's transparency, professionalism. and focus on creating a meaningful and sustainable impact on the community.

We will continue to look for further opportunities to partner to make a lasting impact in the community we call home.

Sumit Dutta
CEO, HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

As Founder and Director of the International Children's Heart Fund, we had the opportunity to work with VinaCapital on several projects in Vietnam. It is the only "on-site" NGO working with pediatric cardiac care initiatives and projects in Vietnam. They sponsor the care of hundreds of children in need of heart care and surgery. They also are involved in the education and training of cardiac care staff. They continue to work with other NGO's with similar roles and concerns.VinaCapital is well known and respected in all of Vietnam. Their continued presence and role cannot be over emphasized. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with them. Best, A. Thomas Pezzella MD.

3

Advisor

Rating: 4

In a country were healthcare priorities fall behind, someone has to come up, and organnize an additional care program that will compensate for these lacks, and even partially. THAT is exactly what VinaCap has been doing for the last few years. Vinacap foundation, An organisation, built with strong social foundations, comitted to healthcare needs, transparent and highly effcient. As a physician working in Vietnam for the last 26 years, I find their help invaluable, targeting independantly projects and making change in the healthcare landscape of Vietnam.
Rafi Kot M.D.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for over 4 years at the VinaCapital Foundation. Given my previous experiences in the non-profit sector in Asia and Australia, it is a without doubt one of the leading, innovative and most professional non-profit organisations I have had the privilege of serving and working with. In my time with the Foundation, I have had the opportunity to experience and see first hand the immense impact our projects make on the lives of so many people, their families and the wider communities they are a part of. I hope to continue supporting the good work VinaCapital Foundation does for many more years to come.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's a pleasure to be associated with the VinaCapital Foundation. We all have very busy lives and are not always able to commit the time we would like to making a difference to the lives of others. It's immensely satisfying to me to know that through the commitment and dedication of the VinaCapital Foundation team the small contributions I make in terms of time and money change the lives of so many children and families.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City and the Australian Aid Agency (AusAID) both have first-hand knowldege of the wonderful work undertaken by the VinaCapital Foundation, and consequently have been willing donors. The programs in which we have been involved have targetted areas of great need - being from the delivery of training programs addressing neonatal healthcare issues to the purchse of medical equipment to reduce infant mortality rates. It has been most satisfying to have visited recipients of assistance from the VinaCapital Foundation to see first-hand the benefits of our donations, and to me has been confirmation that VinaCapital Foundation is a truely professional and dedicated organisation. I am willing to recommend the VinaCapital Foundation to any potential donor.

John McAnulty

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with VinaCapital Foundation for a number of years both through my role as a GM of a leading 5 Star hotel in Saigon having guest donations opportunities within the hotel and personally donating or raising funds for the organisation. I have known the administration personnel for some years and have visited hospitals to see children that have benefited and still alive today thanks to the heart operations and other treatments organised by the Foundation. There are 2 things that impress me the most, firstly that all administration expenses are covered by Vinacapital Funds therefore every $ raised for the trust goes towards the under privilged childrens health needs, secondly the experience, dedication and professionalism of the administration employees is second to none in the city. There must now be hundreds if not thousands of poor children in Vietnam that would not be alive today if it were not for the excellent work carried out by Vinacapital Foundation
John Gardner, GM, Caravelle Hotel HCMC, Vietnam

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to HeartBeat Vietnam and the VinaCapital Foundation shortly after arriving in Vietnam. I was impressed by the level of professionalism from Mr. Rad Kivette; the Director of the Organization and it was through his passionate and compelling approach, that I decided that this should be the cause my company supported. Since that time I have been delighted with our partnership and I appreciate the transparent approach from Rad and his team. I am also very happy to support a cause where I know 100% of our donations go directly to the children.

3 RussB

Donor

Rating: 5

VinaCapital assisted us with developing and implementing a community development project in the area of Central Vietnam that proved to be very effective in meeting our corporate goals in this region. The project involved supplying much needed medical equipment to local hospitals, and the training of the local doctors on how to best use the equipment. VinaCaptial carried out the project in an efficient and cost conscious basis. The leadership at VinaCapital are a dedicated group of well informed professionals that care not only about the community but also understand the donors requirements for transparency and visibility. I highly recommend VinaCaptial. Russ Berkoben - President ExxonMobil E&P Vietnam Ltd.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started at Vinacapital Foundation in May 2012. I worked within the offices and learnt what they aimed to achieve and how they did it. They are efficient and are constantly trying something new to promote the foundation and its causes. There are no overhead costs and thus all the money raised goes straight towards their programs. The health and education services are excellent and efficient, essentially providing a full and functional life to those who are born without one and giving opportunity to those who don't have any. They give hope to those that don't have it. I fully support what they do and how involved everyone is in the programs.

3 Phy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had chance to volunteer for Vinacapital Foundation last summer. However right now, I'm busy studying so I don't have any spare time to join them, but it's only temporary. I guess I will come back next summer or at anytime that they need me. Except doing my little job as being a volunteer, I made an effort which introduced an English Club which is willing to do charitable work for Vinacapital Foundation. So far, it's my little help but it means so much to me.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most effective non-profit organization I've known so far. Being interned in VCF helps me understand more about the vulnerable children with heart disease.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

VinaCapital Foundation’s health and education programs provide real results and 100% of your donation goes directly to the programs. Its approach to serving the children of Vietnam is innovative, intelligent and sustainable. As a volunteer and a donor this is essential.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a member of Vovicare, a charity group in Australia which provides financial support to poor but hardworking students in VietNam . The assistance we provide enables them to continue their schooling. I knew of VCF when I got involved in Doctor McKinnon's Tumor Mission in VietNam in April 2013, to help save and change the lives of people who have dreadful diseases that doctors in VietNam have given up on. VCF helped organize everything, from Dr McKinnon's travel plans to patients' medical files, visiting them before and after surgery ... the whole team got involved. I was very impressed by their enthusiasm and hard work. That's not all, I also know that they helped organize a similar mission last year, and have been a great help to EB children, not to mention the planning of HeartBeat Myanma, and most of all, thousands of Vietnamese children with heart disease have been saved by VCF's great work through the Heartbeat VietNam program.

I would definitely recommend this organization to others and would love to work with them again if I have the chance.


Linh Phuong Bui

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been some time since I volunteered with VCF, but I still keep in regular contact with the staff there who are all so very passionate and dedicated to their work. They're all so welcoming and eager to collaborate with individuals and organizations in hopes of improving the lives of Vietnamese children. VCF's work covers an impressive range of programs-- from providing life-saving surgeries to medical equipment donation to telemedicine and local capacity building-- they truly excel at tackling the disease burden from all angles and avenues. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness such a hardworking team progress and grow so quickly-- and to save so many lives along the way.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are from the Cardiovascular Surgery Department of Univarsity Medical Center. We have collaborated with VCF since 2007. Our collaboration aims at providing poor children with congenital heart defects proper surgical treatments. They have helped us in many ways: improved the capacity of the team, provided equipments, funded the treatment fee for children. They have helped us to organize many outreach clinics to remote provinces every month since 2007. By this way, we could help more children whose family could not even afford to take them to the hospital in Ho Chi Minh city. We really apprecitate the collaboration between us and VCF.

3 Judith9

Donor

Rating: 5

If you want value for your charitable donation then go no further. Vina Cap matches dollar for dollar and local partner pays the gap. A wonderful organization supplying heart operations to the most marginalized children.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My firm has been donating to VCF since 2007. They have several outstanding programs. Heartbeat Vietnam provides surgery for children of poor families. It covers not only the cost of the surgery, but also the follow up treatment and travel and lodging for the family. We have seen the profiles of the children who have been helped. They really use the money efficiently. We also donate to their A Brighter Path foundation, which provides education and training to ethnic minority women from rural areas. We have met the students at their annual meeting and are very impressed with how well they are taking advantage of the opportunities being given to them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first got the news that I would be interning at VinaCapital Foundation this summer, I couldn’t believe it. I tried to imagine what it would be like to not only work in another country, but also the type of work I would be doing.

It’s even better than what I’ve envisioned.

In the short span of time that I’ve been here, it’s been an incredible learning experience. Not only have I been putting together a research paper about a future hospital for Vietnam, but I also have had the opportunity to visit some of the hospitals in the city. I became aware of the hardships the doctors and nurse had to face and the adversities the families and patients had to overcome.

A couple weeks ago, I was able to go to one of the hospitals located in Ho Chi Minh City to bring gifts to some kids who just got out of heart surgery. However, as I walked through the winding corridors of the hospital, sadness began to overwhelm me. Just in the waiting room itself, there were hundreds of individuals sitting on half broken chairs. Some were sitting with their head cupped in their hands, not knowing what is going to happen next; others had a look of exhaustion stretched across their faces, probably from the long distance they had to travel. Then there were a few individuals who were rocking their child back and forth in their arms. They had tears streaming down their faces not knowing if their loved one was going to survive.

However, when I reached the room of the recently heart-operated children through the Heartbeat Vietnam Program, I saw smiles on everyone’s faces. People were laughing and joking around; some of the kids were even running around.

I started talking to one of the moms that was sitting next too me. I asked her about the challenges that she had to face when her child was still ill. And she told me the story of how she had to quit her job to take care of her son. So with only the income of her husband, they were barely getting by.

This is what the VinaCapital Foundation is doing: they are not just saving lives one at a time but giving children and their families renewed hope and another chance at life.


Experience with The Results

In addition, on June 29, I had the chance to attend the Scar of Life conference, which hosts an auction of beautifully photographed celebrities. I saw hundreds of people attend the event, all interested in giving to the Heartbeat Vietnam Program. That night, they were able to raise $120,000 USD which will save over 120 children with congenital heart disease.

VinaCapital Foundation does not just rely on support from international donors, but from the Vietnamese people themselves. It is Vietnamese people helping other Vietnamese people and that is what makes this organization so special and what separates VCF from many other NGOs that serve in Vietnam.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This a a great organization run by dedicated staff. The thing I particularly like is that the funding from donors is matched both by a Vietnam based company, Vinacapital, and by local authorities. This makes it a partnership of community, business and state and gives everyone responsibility for the the disadvantaged people in the society we live in. I also am really happy with the way they have expanded their profile from the expatriate community / overseas donors to become a real Vietnam based charity, with a high profile among local people, and with local donors taking the lead. The workings of the foundation are transparent and I feel confident that my donations are well spent.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Through Grace's cookies (www.gracescookies.org), ( baking very high quality cookies, selling them in order to raise money for saving lives) we could donate money to Vinacapital and very quickly ( 2 weeks) a child had a heart operation done. I am so impressed by the efficiency of Vinacapital. As soon as they receive the money of the donor, they add the missing part, and a life can be saved by a heart operation ( Heart Beat Foundation). They organise as well, if we want to, a visit to the child who has been operated.

3

Donor

Rating: 4

The folks at Vinacapital are all dedicated passionate people who keep donors and recipients informed and, occasionally there are opportunities to meet. Heartbeat, which I have been involved in provides heart surgery to poor and disadvantaged children. I think that the set up for donors stretches the impact of their dollars as the money donated is matched by vinacapital and then added to by the local government authority. This keeps locals involved in the process so responsibility for helping is shared. I truly recommend Vinacapital and Heartbeat to any potential donor, volunteer or patron.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is an excellent non-profit where 100% of donations go to programming. The initiatives and programs of VCF are innovative and combine the best of private sector efficiency with non-profit sector humanism. Additionally, VCF leverages the resources of both the private and public sectors, building a model of sustainable development and incorporating the difficult element of human capacity building such as the training of physicians and other medical staff.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working for VinaCapital Foundation on June 1st, 2011. A friend had hooked me up with an internship position, and before I knew it I was on a plane bound for Ho Chi Minh City.

Walking into the 17th floor of Sun Wah Tower on my first day is something I’ll never forget. VinaCapital Foundation shares the office floor with VinaCapital Group and the air of professionalism hit me right in the face. It’s impossible to distinguish a foundation worker tracking Heartbeat Vietnam from a Group worker tracking asset management.

That is, right up until you meet them.

There is a slyer smile with every foundation worker. When they tell you about their work, or the foundation’s work, you notice a soft gleam in their eyes; sometimes a higher pitch in their voice. There exist small inclinations to pride that can only be found in someone who is truly passionate, or even fervent, about their work.

I worked on setting up some ground work to build the first cardiac surgery registry for the nation and helped complete some research for a disabilities hospital proposal. The tethering similarity between these two tasks is that both are unprecedented for the country. I think that’s one of the strongest qualities of this organization; they strive to both create and push the standard for pediatric health care in all its facets and in all its needs.

I could list all the services and successes that I’ve either heard or witnessed come through this organization, but quite honestly that could take me hours. But there are two philosophies or visions that I think are the backbone and the strength behind the programs I've witnessed.

The first I’ve already mentioned: creating and pushing standards in pediatric healthcare. The second is breaking cycles of poverty so that children have access to more opportunities. They’ve done this through their programs that help improve health care infrastructure: Heartbeat Vietnam, telemedicine conferences with Children’s Hospital Boston, sponsoring physician training at Harvard, and having international Cardiac leaders assist in their endeavors. They’ve helped improve education standards: sponsoring their Brighter Path Scholarship and the HBVN Scholars program.

Unfortunately I have yet to see these results first hand. The nature of my responsibilities kept me from doing so. However, I’ve heard the stories from co-workers and I’ve seen the statistics on paper: over 11,000 pediatric and examinations, 780,000 dollars in donated hospital equipment. These numbers are hard to come by.

But I know that behind each number there is a story; a story that exists because VinaCapital Foundation fought for it. At the end of the day 11,001 is still significantly bigger than 11,000 to the foundation. They’ll never stop pushing until every child is empowered.

And that’s my punch line: For every heart VinaCapital Foundation saves, I know in mine that they’ll never stop fighting.

So neither can we.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been joining VCF from early of June 2011, believing what I could do here would contribute to saving the lives of children with congenital heart disease.

I was not mistaken. VCF has worked very efficiently with many programs, especially Heartbeat Vietnam, and rescued over 2000 children by giving them free cardiac surgeries. In addition, I've been impressed by the effectiveness of supplementary programs aiming to enhance the professional capacity of cardiologist and sponsor medical euipments for hospitals. Reading the profiles of the sick childrens make me feel touched. Foturnately, VCF team has been creating mircales to keep those kids alive, giving them a chance to grow up and enjoy their bright futures.

I am so delighted to be involved in some activites of IMIV, an educational initiatives within VCF. The workshops and seminars on management and leadership was really useful.

Overall, I view VCF a great charity organization. They are contributing more and more to society of Vietnam.