October 23: China Country Profile Webinar

Philanthropy in China

Give2Asia Country Profile Webinar Series

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Date

USA – Monday, October 23, 2017

China – Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time

USA West Coast (PST) - 5:00 PM

USA East Coast (EST) - 8:00 PM

China (CST) - 8:00 AM

Registration

To register, please fill out this form. You may submit your topics of interest or questions you would like to discuss. Please register by August 8th, 2017.


How to Participate

Join the webinar by following this link.

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On January 1, 2017, China passed a law that impacts how US-based donors provide support to local NGO’s. In compliance with the new Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China (the ONGO Law), Give2Asia became one of the first philanthropic overseas NGOs to successfully register in China. With a vote of confidence from the Beijing Public Security Bureau, Give2Asia now has the ability to extend the grant making capacity of US-based corporations seeking to support local NGO’s in China.
 
The ONGO Law requires procedural changes to the grant making process in China, as well as increased administrative management. This webinar will provide the following:

  • Background on the ONGO Law
  • Overview of how grant making in China has changed, including details on:
    • Required procedural changes to grant making
    • New administrative management processes
    • Expected annual grant-making timeline
    • Temporary Activity Permission
    • Implications for your giving priorities in China

In order for us to address your queries better during the webinar, please submit your questions when you register. We look forward to your engagement. 

Best Regards,
Give2Asia Team

Give2Asia's webinars feature practitioners and subject experts representing different perspective on the social sector in featured countries. These webinars will provide an opportunity to learn more about the social sector in Asian countries; however, due to the dynamic nature of the region careful due diligence and partnership selection is necessary. 

   

   

Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO
Xiao Rong, VP China Operations and Country Representative
Give2Asia

Give2Asia makes it possible to support local organizations in Asia addressing critical issues such as healthcare, education, livelihood, and the environment. By building long-term connections between donors and local programs in Asia, Give2Asia fosters trust and accountability on both sides of the relationship. With a team of local staff, advisors and partners in 25 countries in Asia, Give2Asia ensures projects are effective, results are transparent, and grant recipients are accountable. Give2Asia reports on activities to certify that projects meet the needs of the target beneficiaries and the donor, and works to make local charitable organizations more sustainable by expand their sources of funding. Xiao Rong plays a crucial role in providing strategic leadership to Give2Asia’s programs in China. Prior to joining Give2Asia, Rong served as a Research Fellow at the China Academy of Social Sciences, and as an Assistant to China Program Director of The Asia Foundation’s Beijing Office.
 

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Dr. Jia Xijin
Tsinghua University

Ranked as one of the top academic institutions in China and Asia, Tsinghua University is dedicated to academic excellence, the well-being of Chinese society, and global development. The University has 57 departments within 20 schools, which cover a broad range of subjects including medicine, science and social sciences, arts and literature, engineering, and law. At Tsinghua University Ms. Jia Xijin is an Associate Professor of School of Public Policy and Management, and the Vice Dean of Institute of Philanthropy.
 

 

Stepping up for Survivors of the South Asia Floods

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By Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO, Give2Asia

When over 1,000 people die from seasonal floods in South Asia, it is easy to ask the question “Why were we not better prepared?”  Across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, the death toll has climbed to an unusually high number over the past 6 weeks, with millions of people displaced.

For both relief and preparedness, working at the local level is a fundamental belief behind Give2Asia’s work and why we fund programs and initiatives from the local leaders who are the most personally committed to the long-term sustainability of the solutions that Give2Asia seeks to support.

Give2Asia is privileged to be supporting Facebook’s effort to reach local, affected communities in response to the South Asia floods: Facebook has made a $1 million commitment to relief in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Their efforts will support Goonj and Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) in India, BRAC in Bangladesh, and other local projects in Nepal.

Give2Asia is mobilizing its entire donor network at this time and encourages you to join us in support of these communities. Click here to contribute.

Preparing for Annual Monsoons

However, this work needs to be done with the awareness that monsoons in South Asia are an annual event. As we work with local communities, Give2Asia is increasingly looking at preparedness. Give2Asia is now entering the fourth year of a five-year disaster preparedness program focusing on eight countries in South and Southeast Asia, and Nepal and Bangladesh are part of this effort. Please see here to understand the impact of preparedness work in these communities and the challenges building funding partners for ongoing efforts.

Bright Star Mobile Library: Fostering Peace and Tolerance through Reading in Pakistan

By Cody Minnich, Give2Asia Programs Intern

When I was a kid, I spent the majority of my summers hidden away inside the local public library intent on conquering my school’s summer reading list. My time devoted to reading in the library exposed me to new concepts and cultures, expanded my vocabulary, and improved my ability to understand complex ideas. Most importantly, reading allowed me to absorb the knowledge and experiences of others, cultivating the ability to empathize in a deeper and more meaningful way. Reading is crucial to early childhood development, but access to a library full of books is a luxury not every community gets to enjoy.

In the Bhara Kahu and Nilore communities of Pakistan’s Islamabad Capital Territory, one organization is working tirelessly to remedy this lack of access to books. Every week since its inception in 2009, Bright Star Mobile Library has been delivering books to 20 schools in the rural outskirts of Islamabad, providing nearly 5,000 students the opportunity to read.

Bright Star Mobile Library needs your help to build their first brick-and-mortar library outside of Islamabad in order to give thousands of children access to books year-round. Click here to contribute!

Schools in this area do not offer library facilities and the majority of the students come from low-income families who have never had access to library books. Bright Star Mobile Library reaches students during the critical first five years of school by introducing them to the world of books and helping them develop a lifelong love of reading. The books selected for the young readers are specially chosen to entertain them, inform them, spark their interest, and capture their imagination. As the children learn about the diversity of cultures and beliefs around the world, they develop the capacity to empathize with people that are different from them.

Bright Star Mobile Library provides an invaluable service to these communities, but their operations are not without constraints. One of the challenges is that their services are interrupted during school holidays, which total almost five months out of the year. An even greater issue is that Bright Star is only able to serve primary schools, so when students move on to the 6th grade, they no longer have access to the mobile libraries. Although Bright Star would like to provide services to more schools, their operations are stretched to the limits of their capacity with available resources and requests from new schools for their services cannot be accommodated.

Bright Star Mobile Library has a plan to combat these constraints, which keep thousands of children without access to books for almost half of each year: build a permanent brick-and-mortar location. Building a permanent library would not only allow for consistent access for the students, it would open up Bright Star to all youth in the area, regardless of the school they attend. The permanent library would also be inclusive to those not currently attending school, bringing the world of reading to young people who would never have exposure otherwise. Increasing literacy amongst this vulnerable population and providing them a safe space to learn will open up a world of new opportunities. The impact of Bright Star would grow exponentially with the construction of a permanent location and their vision to foster peace and tolerance would be further realized.

A generous Give2Asia donor has committed to a $50,000 grant to Bright Star Mobile Library, contingent on the organization raising the remaining $35,000 needed to purchase the land to build the permanent library. Your contribution will nearly be tripled if this milestone can be reached!

If you wish to help Bright Star Mobile Library establish their first permanent library location, visit Give2Asia’s donation site here. Your contribution will support the gift of reading for generations of young people in Pakistan!