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Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc.

 42 Charles Street, Suite E
 Dorchester, MA 02122
[P] (617) 822-3717
[F] (617) 822-3718
James Bui
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EIN 04-3289039

LAST UPDATED: 03/05/2018
Organization DBA VietAID, Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

VietAID's mission is to build a strong Vietnamese American community and a diverse and vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood. Since its founding in 1994, VietAID has worked to promote renewal of the Fields Corner and greater Dorchester communities through stronger civic engagement, development of affordable housing and commercial space, providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise, and offering high quality child care and youth programs to serve at risk youth from all segments of the community. 


Mission Statement

VietAID's mission is to build a strong Vietnamese American community and a diverse and vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood. Since its founding in 1994, VietAID has worked to promote renewal of the Fields Corner and greater Dorchester communities through stronger civic engagement, development of affordable housing and commercial space, providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise, and offering high quality child care and youth programs to serve at risk youth from all segments of the community. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,763,485.00
Projected Expense $1,803,593.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Afforadble Housing Development
  • Early Education Programs
  • Housing Couseling
  • Safe Nail Salon
  • Youth Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

VietAID's mission is to build a strong Vietnamese American community and a diverse and vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood. Since its founding in 1994, VietAID has worked to promote renewal of the Fields Corner and greater Dorchester communities through stronger civic engagement, development of affordable housing and commercial space, providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise, and offering high quality child care and youth programs to serve at risk youth from all segments of the community. 


Background Statement

Founded in 1994, VietAID is the first community development corporation established and operated by Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in the U.S. Located in the Fields Corner neighborhood (one of the largest Vietnamese concentrations in the East Coast),VietAID's mission is to build a strong Vietnamese American community in Boston and a diverse and vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood. 

For more than 20 years, VietAID has partnered with other community organizations, local businesses, and long-time residents to improve the lives of thousands of Vietnamese immigrants and refugees; increase the participation of Vietnamese residents in civic life; revitalize the once blighted Fields Corner residential area; and contribute to the economic vitality of the neighborhood. Our current programs and past accomplishments include:

-Built a $5.1 million Vietnamese American Community Center that houses bilingual and bi-cultural preschool, after-school day care, youth, and senior programs that serve over 5,000 children, youth, parents and elders annually.   
-Provided business counseling to over 500 business owners and helped create and strengthen more than 150 businesses through three key business development initiatives, Win-Win Cleaning, Safe Nail Salons, and Safe Hardwood Floor Project.
-Developed a portfolio of 130 affordable rental and home ownership housing units; provided counseling to over 1,000 families and helped over 300 families purchase their first homes and/or preserve their homes.
-Improved neighborhood by transforming five former drug houses and abandoned lots into three affordable housing projects, a community garden, and a community center. 
-Fostered youth and grassroots leadership development by engaging hundreds of youth and community members in various community events, projects, and initiatives.

Impact Statement

-Initiated the building of 85 more affordable housing units to complement the existing housing stock in its portfolio, serving elderly and disadvantaged residents.
-Sustained a first-time home owners program to guide and assist citizens to own their own homes in the community.
-Expanded the After School Program to serve an additional 25 "at risk" youth from economically disadvantaged families, most of which with  low English language proficiency. 
-Helped 20 nail salons in Boston to comply with new regulations concerning use of toxins and convert to "green" business.
-Continued to provide meeting high quality space at The Vietnamese-American Community Center to diverse groups like Vovinam Martial Arts, Boy Scouts, Mothers Against Violence, Fields Corner Main Street and various community groups.
-Held community political forums to educate citizens about upcoming elections and expose them to candidates and their proposals affecting the community.
- Redevelop 5 underutilized lots in the community into additional affordable housing units and 6000 sf of retail spaces in Four Corners.
-Transform local nail salons into "green businesses" with a coordinated marketing plan using, social networking and other media. 
-Educate at least 500 new citizens on voter registration requirements.
-Continue efforts to make the VietAID Center a central part of social and cultural community life in Dorchester/Fields Corner.
-Stabilize social services referral programs for our partner, Vietnamese American Civic Association.
-Connect our fully licensed Pre School program to the Boston Public Schools under Mayor Walsh's plans for universal PreK programs. 
-Expand learning opportunities and provide pre-college counseling for high school students enrolled in the after school programs.  



Needs Statement

 VietAID needs:
1) Financial support for expanded youth and family services, after school programming, summer camps, and year-round preschool. ($200,000)
2) Funds for professional development available in a range of fields for various program directors.  ($80,000)
3)  Creation of a land bank program to allow for quickly acquiring underutilized lands for redevelopment as they become available on the market.($500,000)

CEO Statement

Despite a difficult economy, VietAID has been able, not only to weather the storm of declining contributions, but also to expand our services. During this past fiscal year, VietAID continued helping local small businesses, provided affordable housing for low-income families, managed Au-Co Pre School and created more youth programs than ever, including After School Program and New Opportunities for At Risk Youth. We also began to tell our story to a wider audience. We further developed VATV (VietAID TV) on Boston Neighborhood Network to publicize VietAid programs, as well as, provide useful information relevant to the Vietnamese community. We renamed our largest housing development to date, 1460 House, on Dorchester Avenue to "Lạc Việt" to reflect what Fields Corner has meant to many people over the past 20 years. In Vietnamese "Lạc" means joy, peace, prosperity, and in short, happiness. Lạc Việt hopefully will become a happy home built by VietAid for residents and businesses of Fields Corner for decades to come. It is our hope that Vietaid will continue to help transform into a diverse cultural and business destination. 

We also seized opportunities to collaborate with various community organizations. We were very pleased that we were able to provide office and program spaces to the Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA). Together under one roof VietAID and VACA can support each other and provide more and better services to our community. VietAID continues to be an integral part of the total community which provides services to all segments of the community without regard to race, income, gender, or ethnicity. A testament to the effectiveness of VietAID was recognition by the new Mayor who appointed VietAID's director to Boston's economic advisory committee. 

Board Chair Statement

I enjoy helping hard working people who are trying to improve themselves. One of the major objectives of VietAID is helping our diverse community navigate the regulatory maze that we call America.  Government regulations have not made it easy for immigrants to succeed in America. VietAID helps the community navigate through this maze that is so difficult and overwhelming for many.

Having been born in Dorchester, baptized at St Gregory's, studied at BC High, and worked for over 20 years at Carney Hospital, I have a real affinity for organizations that strive to make Dorchester a better place for all.  VietAID  embodies these goals.  Its mission of helping the Vietnamese rebuild their lives and also to revitalize Fields Corner neighborhood resonates with me. VietAID’s Family & Youth Programs are addressing real needs of the community as seen by its diverse residents. VietAID’s housing development is helping Dorchester residents, non-Vietnamese and Vietnamese alike, to stay in Dorchester in decent and energy efficient buildings. VietAID has transformed abandoned lots and foreclosed properties into housing for its' community members. Dorchester is returning to its root as a welcoming place for immigrants. Decent housing and home ownership are major components of the American Dream. VietAID has contributed much to this achievement.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

VietAID is located in central Dorchester serving the neighborhoods and community surrounding the Fields Corner T-Station. Our main goal has been to develop improvements in the Dorchester (02122 zip) community where we are located, and to also serve the larger disadvantaged Vietnamese community throughout the State of Massachusetts whenever possible. 

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Economic Development
  2. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  3. Human Services - Family Services (Adolescent Parents)

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Afforadble Housing Development

VietAid has pursued a transit-oriented neighborhood revitalization strategy that has built 120 affordable rental housing units, rehabilitated 20 home ownership units, six business condos, 30,000 sf of office space for non profits, and developed an anchor community center.  We have mobilized more than $50 million in just direct capital investment into Fields Corner
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  Decent housing for more than 100 families.
Program Long-Term Success  Stabilize Fields Corner
Program Success Monitored By  Rent roll
Examples of Program Success  The VietAID Community Center has been the catalyst for Fields Corner revitalization.  The are is no long drug and crime infested.  More than 200 Vietnamese owned businesses are operating in the neighborhood.  Restaurants are open until late at night

Early Education Programs

Au-Co Preschool provides quality bilingual early childhood education for children age 15 months to 5 years old.
Family Childcare provides a micro-entrepreneurial approach for licensed childcare providers to care for newborn and children up to 5 years old.
Budget  $450,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Short-term success of Viet-AID's Early Education Programs includes being physically, socially, linguistically, and emotionally developed for the next stage of development. It also includes the ability to engage in teamwork and cooperate with classmates in various classroom projects.
Program Long-Term Success 
The long-term success of the program includes parental involvement in their children education and to prepare them to compete at every level.


Program Success Monitored By 
Success for Early Education Programs is monitored by "Ages & Stages Questionnaire" at initial meeting and every 3 months for progress. In addition, the school will use the Creative Curriculum Assessment System to monitor children's progress at every 6 months. A conference with parents will be set up afterward to update parents with the evaluation.
Examples of Program Success 
Children move to the next step of development.

Housing Couseling

Provide bilingual counseling to home owners facing foreclosure.  VietAid focuses on helping Asian Americans and other immigrants.  We work closely with their banks and mortgage companies to modify or refinance the mortgage so they can keep their home.
Provide fist time home owner workshops in Vietnamese for prospective buyer.  Provide rental counseling for low income immigrants.  Work with utility companies to make home more energy efficient. 
Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing Counseling
Population Served Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Families
Program Short-Term Success  Assist more than 50 families to keep their home in 2011
Program Long-Term Success  More than 100 Vietnamese graduate have bough houses with financial incentives from various sources.
Program Success Monitored By  Funders
Examples of Program Success  More than 100 families have installed energy efficient lights and fixtures in their home.

Safe Nail Salon

All chemicals in nail salon products are dangerous to the public's health.  VietAid has partnered with the Boston Public Health Commission and other organizations to promote safer practices in handling and storing nail products. VietAid outreaches to over 500 nail salons around the Greater Boston areas.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Ear, Nose & Throat Diseases
Population Served Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Females Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  In 2012, more than 100 nail salons are certified
Program Long-Term Success  City of Boston issued new regulations to standardize safety rules that are supported by the nail salon owners.  VietAID are working with nail salons to develop GREEN salons.
Program Success Monitored By  Boston Public Health Commission
Examples of Program Success  Safe Nail Salon video clips were produced in both Vietnamese and English.

Youth Programs

Summer Camp for Youth, and After School Program (VSPY), help elementary and middle school students from Dorchester to develop academic, social and cultural competencies necessary to succeed in school and to become responsible members of our community.

VietAID Leadership Alliance (VALA), provides volunteer, leadership, and academic assistance to high school youth and partners with VSPY to implement college readiness programming for 7th-12th grade students. 

Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success  Program short-term success means increasing students’ interest in learning,academic progress, and literacy skills, building students’ identification with their own culture and sense of civic engagement, improving students’ positive physical health, social and emotional well-being, and strengthening ability of families and parents to provide stable, supportive environment and involvement in the education of their children.
Program Long-Term Success 
Long-term success of Viet-AID's youth programs means being able to close the inter generational and cultural gap between immigrant parents and their children often significantly associated with youth violence and poor academic performance.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by Program Outcome Chart as a foundation for our evaluation plan. Key outcome measures include academic achievement, interest and commitment to learning, strong identification with culture and civic engagement, physical, social and emotional health, parent ability to provide stable and supportive environment as well as to become involved in children education, and capacity of the Boston public schools to serve immigrant children.
Examples of Program Success 


Summer Camp for Youth and After School Program--End of the school year evaluation indicated that over 97% of students and 100% of parents from the After School Program reported that the academic program helped students finish homework and improve literacy. Test scores also showed an improvement in students’ reading ability that align to ELL learning standards, such that 66% of students improved their overall literacy score.
VALA- Each senior has successfully graduated from high school with a 100% success rate of being accepted to college. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Due to leadership transitions, Board member Van Paul Le assumed the position of interim executive director in January, 2015 while a national search is conducted to recruit a permanent executive director. this search may took many months and culminated in the hiring of Hue T. Pham to the role in September, 2015.   


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisette Le
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Nam Pham Jan 2010 Jan 2015
Mr. Long Nguyen Apr 1994 June 2004

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Hoa-Mai Nguyen Director of Family Programs --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Community Award Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) 2014
Community Hero Award Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Asian American Commission 2014
Community Service Award Boston Police 2014
First Place - Signed up most residents for energy efficiency program Renew Boston 2012
Affordable Housing Design Award Boston Federal Home Loan Bank 2011
SILVER LEED Developer 2002


Affiliation Year
CDC - State certified Community Development Corporation --
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) --
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation --


VietAID collaborates with various Dorchester and Greater Boston organizations.  We partner with DotHouse Health and Kit Clark Senior Service Center to explore opportunities for senior housing developments.  We have become the fiscal sponsor for the Vietnamese American Civic Association.  We work closely with Fields Corner Main Street and are one the three CDCs of the Community Business Network to assist Boston's small businesses.  We provide meeting and program spaces for numerous community groups such as Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Vietnamese Girls and Boy Scouts,  Asian-American Resource Workshop, Closer to Home. Our VietAID Center serves as a center for cultural and educational activities in the community.  
Currently, we are working closely with the Boston Public Health Commission to assist nail salon owners in becoming "green" businesses.  Boston Youth Family Services is a partner for our Summer Camp that serves 100 elementary and middle school students and is expanding due to increasing demand to aid at risk youth.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

It is hard to recruit experienced bilingual & bi-cultural staff when the compensation is not competitive.  Therefore, we rely on volunteers more than ever.  We are fortunate enough to work with AmeriCorps members from various branches.  We can use more of them. We rely very heavily on the excellent senior staff afforded to us by our partnership with the Urban League's Golden Age program for senior workers. 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 15
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 17
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 24
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 18
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms Kim Thai Esq
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Boston ISD
Board Chair Term July 2014 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term - Jan

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. James Collins New England Boston Business Partners Voting
Ms. Jeannie Do AARW Voting
Ms. Danielle Goatley Y2Y Harvard Square Voting
Mr. Kerry McGowan Harvard University Voting
Mr. Khang Nguyen CDVN Vietnamese American Community of Boston Voting
Ms. Kim T. Thai City of Boston ISD Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Real Estate
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

VietAID always seeks board members with diverse backgrounds and life experience. VietAID serves the total community, not just Vietnamese.  The majority of our housing residents are not Vietnamese.  30% of children who use our youth services are Cape Verdean, Haitian, and African American. Out staff is also diverse and fluent in a variety of languages spoken by our constituents from Vietnamese to Spanish, Chinese, French, and English. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,942,920 $2,032,341 $1,382,072
Total Expenses $1,594,529 $1,780,042 $1,795,310

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $553,217 $835,724 $742,215
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $553,217 $835,724 $742,215
Individual Contributions $243,712 $348,313 $289,416
Indirect Public Support $34,188 $24,303 $41,939
Earned Revenue $1,084,854 $768,760 $255,535
Investment Income, Net of Losses $328 $1,208 $5,530
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- $54,033 $47,437
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $26,621 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,237,332 $1,548,362 $1,498,576
Administration Expense $306,044 $198,172 $238,838
Fundraising Expense $51,153 $33,508 $57,896
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.22 1.14 0.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 87% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 3% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $6,120,599 $5,258,607 $4,725,909
Current Assets $690,811 $2,882,008 $1,804,262
Long-Term Liabilities $1,613,406 $1,190,127 $909,626
Current Liabilities $179,140 $314,919 $315,021
Total Net Assets $4,328,053 $3,753,561 $3,501,262

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Our Capital Campaign is currently in its infancy and planning stages. We will be utilizing the excellent opportunities afforded to donors via the CITC credit program to raise funds. These funds will be used for large-scale improvement projects such as plumbing renovations for the preschool and HVAC upgrades for the Community Center.
Campaign Goal $125,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Apr 2016 - Oct 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.86 9.15 5.73

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 26% 23% 19%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

VietAID's financial health has significantly improved. Our audited financial statements reflect the increase in contributions and financial support we have received as our reputation for sound management and worthwhile programs has spread. Our books are balanced and our annual income sources has expanded to include out listing as a United Way agency. We have operated our facility more efficiently and cut other expenses. Through a recent hire of a Director of Development and moving grant-writing in house, we have increased our outreach to a number of potential donors and are building more productive relationships with them. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

For the F15, FY14 and FY13 audits, the independent auditors issued a qualification to their opinion regarding the effects of not consolidating the two affiliated legally-separate for-profit entities which the Agency has sponsored in furtherance of its affordable housing charitable mission. Please review the Auditors opinion for further information.


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