We want our students to wake up every day and know that their ideas can make a difference. Thanks to our community's generosity they see their dreams put into action with the UNIS Impact Fund, designed to help Change the World for Good!
2,052 Lives impacted by Impact Fund Grants
301 Students impacted with Impact Fund projects
kWp Capacity solar systems installed (Impact Fund contributed 23%)
5,765 kWh Solar power from
pilot project (as of August, 2022)
Tons of carbon offset from pilot project (as of August, 2022)
A Solar School with its own Botanical Garden and Sustainability Centre was the vision set by our students passionate for our community to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
And over the last 2 years, thanks to the community’s support for the UNIS Impact Fund with donations of more than $170,000, their dream has become reality.
In 2021, we started with a pilot 5KWh solar project, generously donated by SEV Solar, a local company inspired by our students’ passion for learning.
During this summer, the roofs of our Sports Centre and Operations Buildings were covered in 901 solar panels in a joint project initiated by the UNIS Impact Fund and partnered with School funds. On a sunny day, at least 80% of our daily energy needs for the Sports Centre will be provided through clean, solar energy. THANK YOU!
The Impact Fund solar project and the Sustainability Centre, already in action recycling our community’s plastic, were joint projects with the School’s Sustainability Committee and an important part of our new Strategic Plan placing students at the centre.
It is our students that launched the projects and they will also be the ones leading community action empowered by these new resources.
Who better to choose the goals for our Impact Fund Philanthropy than our student generation? Our young people driving change was the theme at the UN’s Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow and our UNIS Impact Fund seeks to empower exactly that. At UNIS, we leverage our identity as one of only two UN international schools to engage our students in creating real world solutions to real world problems.
We are already well on track to become one of the first schools in the region operating with clean energy from solar and with our ongoing Impact Fund campaign, we hope to both role model and inspire other schools to make this commitment.
In addition, our Botanical Garden with its Gardening Beds for planting and experimentation, and the Recycling Hub, the Garden of Philanthropy celebrating Vietnamese indigenous plants, ensures the School has a hub for its sustainability ambitions.
The work empowered by philanthropy has become so embedded into the School that what began as Impact Fund initiatives have been adopted by the School as part of its long-term sustainability strategy.
Realises our ambitions as educators - Learning Impact!
Ensures opportunities for everyone - Community Impact!
Furthers our Mission, driven by our Values and Vision - Strategic Impact!
Delivers Agenda 2030 - World Impact!
Goals & Grants
The Impact Fund supports two kinds of projects:
Big Idea GOALS - ambitious projects for the benefit of our UNIS Hanoi community, selected through a community process and then adopted for our year-long Impact Fundraising campaign.
Project GRANTS - smaller projects designed to support individuals or small groups with risk-taking, piloting, prototyping ideas or advocacy. Applications for Grants are open all year. You can send the Impact Fund Committee your application for a project funding today!
Approved projects must create impact in the following areas:
Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics
Impact Fund Committee
At the heart of the UNIS Impact Fund is the community. This is a project fund to support learning made possible by community fundraising and all the decisions will be taken by the Impact Fund Committee - made up of students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni!
The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund Committee (IFC) will ensure that funds raised in the name of the UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund are disbursed in accordance with their defined purpose, provide oversight of process and ensure integrity for donors.
The UNIS Hanoi IFC is a decision making group at the designation of the Head of School who shall only intervene in the process if the spirit of the UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund is not respected, the guidelines not adhered to or the institutional reputation of the School is at risk.
Proposals are sought for projects from small groups or individuals which align with the outlined ambitions of the UNIS Impact Fund but are smaller scale (less than 2,500 USD) than the annual community projects.
GRANTS are designed to support risk-taking, pilot programmes and advocacy initiatives. They may also be used to respond to immediate or urgent opportunities for learning.
Proposals are evaluated and approved by the Grants Sub Committee, consisting of members from the Impact Fund Committee who are able to commit to the rolling timeline of the Grants programme.
The Grants Sub Committee meets on a monthly or quarterly cycle (as needed) to:
Review and evaluate proposals
Invite finalists to present/pitch their projects (if appropriate) and award grants
Receive reports from funded projects.
Rolling Grants are supported through the generous support of the School Community Organisation.