树华基金会官方博客 (Soar Blog)

September 20, 2009

NVIDIA Win - SOAR Fund Raising Success Story

Filed under: Announcement, Stories — soar @ 3:47 pm


Hurrah!! We have just won a $30,000 award from this world renowned Graphic Processor Technology leader, after a keenly competitive process among dozens of Charity organizations competing for the 5 equally-amounted grants the Company dishes out annually.


On May 27th, 2009, the SOAR fund raising team received an email from our beloved Chairman Ben, informing us that there is a Request for Application package arrived at SOAR from NVIDIA. The deadline for responding to the RFA is June 1, 2009.


It all started with the kind heart of Mr. Kai Chen, a NVIDIA employee, who just happened to have watched a KTSF-San Francisco TV interview of Siu Chang and Davy Kao promoting the SOAR Annual Fund-Raising Dinner in late May of 2009. Mr. Chen spent a lot of efforts locating SOAR, and sent us the RFA via email.


SOAR volunteer team members receiving this RFA are to be commended for dispatching the package timely to the right persons, to still give us 5 days to work on it. The fund raising team became very busy immediately, and with the help of SOAR-wide cooperation, primarily from Suey-ju, in providing the needed legal and financial documentations, we were able to complete the seemingly “mission impossible” in time.


We answered all the 10 questionnaires in the RFA as a first try, forwarded them to Mr. Chen, and got in touch with him over phone for all later iterations of modifications. Our telephone conversations with Mr. Chen seemed never end from there on, until the final submission of the application on June 1, 2009.


In these telephone conversations, Mr. Chen told us that there can be as many as over 50 applicants this year for the grant. The first run of a NVIDIA Company-wide all-employee tally of vote would eliminate all but 10 candidates, to finally screen out another 50% of the finalists to leave only 5 organizations to be awarded with the $30,000. In a year like this year, when all purses got tightened up like clams, 30-grand turns a lot of heads of charity organizations. Thus the competition can be even tougher.


As a nominator of SOAR to compete for the resources, Mr. Chen has been holding our hands all the way in coming up with the best possible answers and documentations as SOAR responses. We are deeply in debt for his tireless cooperation and carefulness to details that “forced” us to work equally hard and prudently, to perfecting our package to eventually win the award.



By mid-July, Davy received an email from Mr. Chen and the NVIDIA steering committee for the grant, advising us that SOAR has passed the first cycle of elimination to become one of the 10 finalists. That added severity to Davy’s heart condition to make it beats even faster, until the $30,000 check arrived at Suey-ju’s desk just a few days ago.


NVIDIA is the world leader in research, development, manufacture and distribution of Graphic Chips, which is believed to be the future of the computer industry. With $5 Billion revenue and at 20% net income, the Company is well positioned for the next Graphic Presentation revolution that is soon to arrive. We wish them all the best in their venture for the best in the near future. “It will be GPU in the place of CPU.” (The Company’s information can be view in more details via :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia).


We thank the Company for their philanthropic generosity and spirits. We thank their Company-wide employees for their share of charity-minded kind deeds to participate and become instrumental in the selection process. Of course, our sincere thanks goes to Kai Chen for his initiation and leadership to finally make SOAR one of the honored recipients.


The only regret left is that until now, nobody in SOAR has ever had the opportunity meeting Mr. Chen in person yet. We are sure Mr. Chen will quickly remedy this regret of ours by responding to our invitation to meet with him soon.

Davy Kao       -      September 2009



September 10, 2009


Filed under: Letters — soar @ 4:19 am

> 敬爱的树华教育基金会的恩人们:
>     你们好!
> 我的名字叫陈育娟,广东饶平人。从1997年开始,直到我高中毕业,足足六年时间,是树华教育基金会的资助,让我能顺利地完成学业,还有我的指导人蒋文莹阿姨,我一辈子都没办法忘记树华和蒋阿姨,你们对我和家人的帮助太大了,不但是经济上的帮助,也温暖和滋育着我的心灵,让我知道爱的真谛和生命的意义,是我前进的动力。
> 我现在已经大专毕业,自己出来创业了,我做的是右脑开发的培训。04年一个偶然机会,我得到了记忆大师的指点,开始研究记忆法,并在我所读的大学里面,创办了“天马记忆协会”,分享方法。在07年我到中东巴林参加了世界脑力锦标赛,拿了女性世界记忆冠军,回来后,我开始传授记忆方法。08年12月,我和我的学生,08年的世界记忆冠军刘平,一起成立了学尔思教育机构。这是我们公司的网站:www.zgmind.com.
> 我一直想为树华的事业尽自己的微薄之力,但我们刚刚创业,资金还不是很充足,资金的话,我可能就暂时帮不上大忙。我想,我当时就是因为所在的地方落后,信息比较封闭,没有人告诉我学习和记忆原来是有方法的,我学得很吃力,背得很痛苦,我之所以只考上专科院校,也是因为记忆力和心理能力差,高考晕倒的结果。所以,我真的很想,也为贫困山区的弟弟妹妹们,分享我的经历和经验,也给有需要的人提供培训,提升他们的想象力、记忆力和学习力。,
> 或者有其他树华觉得我适合做的,只要我能做到,我都非常乐意去做。
> 敬请树华给我一些宝贵的机会。
>     此致
> 敬礼!
> 陈育娟
> 2009年9月4日

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