Thursday, October 20, 2011

CEF - Vietnam filed for tax purposes

I met Greg and his wife Vivian a few years back. We found we had a lot in common: a love of Vietnam, of Vietnamese food, food generally, dogs, cycling and charity work. Greg works for Cause Effective, a non-profit that provides management consulting services to nonprofits and help clients develop critical resources they need (

Greg has been very helpful over the years with ideas, editing, helping fund raise and last year putting us in touch with Andra Moss, Volunteer and Communications Coordinator at International Senior Lawyers Project.The International Senior Lawyers Project provides the pro bono services of skilled and experienced lawyers to promote human rights, equitable and sustainable economic development and the rule of law worldwide. ISLP assists governments and non-governmental organizations working to advance the rights and well-being of their citizens and helps build the capacity of the legal profession to meet the needs of their communities(

Andra then put us in touch with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP who assigned us three associates who would help make it all happen; Saima, Todd and Andrew. These three worked for free to help Children's Education Foundation - Vietnam prepare and submit our 501(c)(3) tax exemption papers. (

    Saima Majid - Business Finance and Restructuring Associate

Todd Moore - Corporate associate

Andrew C. Pelzer -Tax benefits, and Executive Compensation Associate

Stephen Jackel, CEF - Vietnam's USA coordinator and director, oversaw all the various stages of the work and helped lodge all the paperwork at each stage as well as donating the expenses. If it hadn't been for Stephen's generosity and determination for CEF - Vietnam to have tax exempt status it would not all have been possible.

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