GIFTS Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity founded in 2003. We provide basic necessities and improved conditions through Education, Relief and Rebuilding. Across our three programs, we direct support to children, women and seniors in rural and urban Vietnam; shelters for orphans and women; mentally/physically challenged people; food banks; and centres for the blind.
Our various programs and projects over the years have developed from cultivating close relationships with the individuals and communities that we serve, and hearing first-hand what they need. Thus, we have two major initiatives; our GIFT-A-Bike program and Water Wells project which aim to provide bicycles for children who travel far distances to school, and clean water sources for entire communities respectively.
GIFTS Foundation’s Vietnamese motto has always been “VÒNG TAY NHÂN ÁI” which is rooted in the idea of individuals joining hands in an effort to help each other. It is with this mantra in mind that we look towards future growth by joining forces with our donors, volunteers, and collaborators. In the past 15 years, we have inspired Canadians (immigrants, Vietnamese-Canadian youth, and friends of the community) to volunteer towards our efforts. They have been able to engage in fundraising cultural events that connect us to Vietnamese roots through music, food, and activities.
Volunteers can also travel to Vietnam to directly engage with those whom we help. By facilitating these experiences, we have nourished an impassioned and connected community that is committed to our ever growing initiatives.
Each year around the holiday season, GIFTS sets out to raise funds for our annual GIFT-A-BIKE fund.
Did you know that children in rural areas have to walk on average 13km a day to get to school? This barrier too often is the reason for drop out rates. By gifting a child with a bicycle, we ease the 2.5+ hour journey to school, allowing students to have more time to focus on their studies.
Help us reach our goal of 80 bikes this year! Donate on behalf of your business - or as a gift in kind on behalf of friends and family. Every donation will be acknowledged with a photograph of the student you are helping.
charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same.
— MOTHER TERESA
founder & president
Heather Pham is the Founder and President of GIFTS Foundation. Her vision for providing aid to the underprivileged in Vietnam established the not-for-profit charity that today provides support to thousands in need through education, relief and rebuilding programs. Her passion brings focus and drive to the volunteer efforts within Canada and Vietnam. Heather has over 20 years of experience within the financial industry, most recently with the Co-operators Group in Toronto. When she’s not working, she is happily surrounded by her family - especially her two grandchildren Connor Vy and Daelyn Huynh.
For general inquiries about donating, volunteering, or collaborating, feel free to contact us!
We look forward to hearing from you. Together, let’s make a difference.