Caroline Nguyễn Ticarro
Caroline Nguyễn Ticarro is a prominent figure in the non-profit sector. She balances being a mother, motivational speaker, and director of an international NGO. In 2012, her work and passion were featured in a 3-part series on
CNN’s Freedom Project.
Caroline was four years old when her family fled Vietnam on April 29, 1975, along with hundreds of thousands of other Vietnamese. Twenty-three years later to the day, she returned to Vietnam to adopt her twin daughters. It was during that first return trip that Caroline decided she wanted to do something to help.
The desire to help resulted in the founding of Catalyst Foundation in 1999, focused on helping build communities to fight human trafficking. The holistic community development programs center around the child, and the belief that no child is disposable. Catalyst Foundation has a formal commitment with the family to ensure that basic human rights are respected, and that every person has the right to self-dignity. Caroline leads her team to provide the ethnic minority communities with basic human needs: education, safe housing, proper sanitation, medical care, enough food, and water.
In addition, Caroline has coordinated annual humanitarian volunteer expeditions to Vietnam, and led the annual Vietnam Culture Camp in the Midwest and on the East Coast, to celebrate Vietnamese culture to families that have adopted children from Vietnam.
Caroline, who is fluent in Vietnamese, graduated from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, with a degree in International Business. She is a leader in the Vietnamese-American Community, and the adoptive community. She has been featured in National Public Radio (NPR), CNN International, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Twin Cities Parent Magazine, Pioneer Press, Asian American Press, Minnesota Parent, San Jose Mercury News, Nha Magazine, Saigon Broadcasting News, Vietnam Broadcast News, and (in Vietnam) Word Magazine, Saigon Daily Times, Viet Nam News, Thanh Nien Daily, and Phu Nu Newspaper.
Caroline’s passion and work is tireless. She travels often to Vietnam to direct the mission and vision of Catalyst Foundation.