Is the Internet the key to Chinese NGOs going global?

A report by the United Nations Development Programme highlights the potential of Internet platforms to significantly change China’s philanthropic sector. But what is the potential for online tools to complement China’s “going out” strategy?   GEI worked with local communities to harness biomass energy for heating and cooking in Sri…

Uncharted Territory: Measuring Social Impact

Last month, researchers from SEFORÏS (Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for More Inclusive and Innovative Societies) published an unprecedented study on the status of social enterprises in China. With over 100 social enterprises surveyed, the study is the first truly representative panel of Chinese social enterprises ever compiled, providing unrivaled…

Changing Philanthropy into Collective Action

Contributed by Jinglun Zhang, 2016 Model Foundation Participant   如果给你20,000美金,你如何让世界变得更好?你将如何更有效地使用它以创造最大的社会影响力?今年八月,27名来自世界各地的年轻人汇集到北京,在PIM模拟基金会上试图回答这些问题。他们通过调查不同的社会组织、采访慈善家和创变者,来探索改善社会的最佳途径。 模拟基金会是中国第一个也是惟一一个“年轻人的基金会”,它致力于帮助年轻人成为更具战略眼光的慈善家,并且通过集体形式将20,000美元捐赠给中国的NGO。PIM 秉承着“人人都可以成为慈善家”的信念,让参与者掌握基本的评估技能,并切在调查、讨论、决策的过程中加深对公益领域的认识。 今年,有9个NGO/社会企业共同竞争20,000美元的PIM基金,他们涉及的领域包括森林保护、空气净化和可再生时尚等等。经过6周的评估,模拟基金会的“ 基金分配官员”最终决定资助致力于改善农村儿童视力的点亮眼睛(Education in Sight)和发展流动儿童性教育的希希学园。   How would you improve the world with $20,000? How could you use it effectively to create social impact? This August, 27 young people from all around the world gathered in Beijing to answer…

Overheard at Model Foundation

  Model Foundation may have just ended, but it left a lasting impact on the participants, who have not only learnt more about becoming smarter givers, but also formed long-lasting friendships with speakers, mentors, and each other. During the week-long conference, more than 30 young people acted as Grant Committee…

Innovation “Sponge” or Innovation Leader?

 5 Social Innovations from China Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute released The China Effect on Global Innovation, a research bulletin aiming to answer a single question: How innovative is the Chinese economy? Does China have the potential to move from an “innovation sponge” — absorbing and adapting knowledge or…

The Model Foundation from an Insider’s Perspective

If you had US$20,000, how would you donate it? How would you evaluate an organization and determine if it is worth your money to support? We have all heard of scandals in foundations or charities—of how funds, so generously donated, were misappropriated or embezzled. How would you avoid your own…

Funding with Grace

When I first joined a community foundation in the United States in 1999, I attended a two-day session on grant making for program staff – that is, grant making from the perspective of the staff person who is responsible for reviewing, reporting, and recommending funding for grant applications. What I…

How to Crowdfund a Forest

  Lessons from a Chilean social entrepreneur   In late 2011, much of Chile’s Torres del Paine national park in southern Patagonia was destroyed in a massive forest fire. 42,000 acres were charred, and hundreds of thousands of trees were lost. A national icon and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that brings…

An Emerging Trend of Social Enterprises in China

Due to the poor performance of some social enterprises in China, the term “social enterprise” has frequently been associated with low efficiency, low capacity, and low returns. Nevertheless, many social enterprises in China are thriving in an ever increasingly competitive market, not only because of their successful marketing strategy, but…

Introducing: The Model Foundation 2015 Online Course

  When we meet for the Model Foundation 2015 conference in Hong Kong, our students will have already been hard at work for two months. On Saturday, PIM will launch our new Model Foundation online course, a six-week intensive boot camp in strategic philanthropy, NGO evaluation, the Chinese social sector,…