VIA is supported by a combination of individual donors, foundation funding, participant fees, in-kind contributions from partners in Asia and the United States, and other sources. In addition, VIA receives support from strategic partners and sponsors. VIA’s independence from government funding has allowed us to enter countries at critical times: Vietnam before normalization, Indonesia after 1967, China after 1979, and in Laos at a time when government-sponsored volunteers were refused entry.

Individual Contributions

The VIA family has grown to nearly 2,000 fellowship alumni, more than 4,000 Silicon Valley Programs alumni, and friends whose annual contributions make our work possible. Their donations to VIA’s annual Friends of VIA campaign provide a substantial portion of VIA’s income.


The following include some of the Foundations which support VIA’s work:

  • BelleJAR Foundation
  • C. J. Huang Foundation – China Program
  • Enlight Foundation
  • Grant Foundation – China Program
  • Henry Luce Foundation
  • Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

In-Kind Contributions

VIA’s host organizations in Asia and the United States often provide in-kind contributions which may include accommodations for fellows and participants, a local living stipend, local language training, full or partial airfare home upon completion of service, or other in-kind support. These generous investments on the part of our host organizations promote a spirit of mutual cooperation and investment and enable VIA to provide communities and fellows with transformative cross-cultural life experiences.