Model Foundation

How will you make a difference with $20,000 USD?

Model Foundation is an international program on venture philanthropy and social innovation in China, designed for emerging global leaders driven to make a difference.

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How it Works

  • Create or join a team

    Inspire a group of friends to join you or apply as an individual and you’ll be matched with a team of other young leaders.

  • Develop skills

    Take an online course to build skills in human-centered design, social entrepreneurship, evaluation, due diligence, and more.

  • Match with an early-stage social venture

    Nominate or select an innovative early-stage social organization in Greater China. Use PIM’s tools to create an investment pitch through site visits and interviews with organization leaders.

  • Build an international network

    Join a 5-day international philanthropy conference, featuring guest speakers, workshops, and career exploration. Learn to communicate effectively and build common ground in a uniquely cross-cultural environment.

  • Make a difference

    Teams will manage a fund of $20,000USD and collectively decide on how to support the portfolio of social ventures.

  • Grow the movement

    Following the program, you continue to receive mentorship in addition to social impact career development opportunities through PIM. As a community, alumni spread the notion of effective philanthropy among their peers.

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Model Foundation

  • Change

  • Be Changed

  • Drive Investment

    Move ideas to action by investing $20,000USD in an early-stage social venture you deem most impactful.

  • Gain International Networks

    Gain access to high-level leaders, cutting-edge social organizations, and a global community of young changemakers. Learn to communicate and build common ground in a uniquely cross-cultural environment.

  • Promote Innovation

    Promote social innovation in China’s high-potential social sector by raising the profile of innovative organizations on a global scale.

  • Develop Cross-Sector Skills

    Receive mentorship for developing a career in social impact and innovation, while gaining hands-on experience using cross-sector skills.

  • Lead Engagement

    Our generation’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive to make a difference will change the world. Lead your peers by making real impact now.

  • Social Impact Certificate

    As a member of Asia’s first and only young people’s foundation, earn a certificate recognizing your social impact skills, training and potential.

Mentors and Speakers

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Organization Partners

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“Last summer I met a group of talented, aspiring and responsible young changemakers. We collaborated to comprehensively assess non-profit projects in China and finally delegate a fund of USD 20k to the most promising ones. Different from my finance background, Model Foundation provided me with a brand new perspective to think about social issues and my career path. After a systematic study about philanthropy and face-to-face meetings with all participants, I believe more than firmly in the prospect of leveraging business methods for scalable social innovation. Thanks PIM for this wonderful experience and I hope more people can join in this endeavor!"

Eaffi You

University of International Business and Economics '17

“Before PIM's Model Foundation, philanthropy seemed a bit strange to me. I used to confuse charity with philanthropy, which actually offers more than merely donating money and time. Rather than simply giving money to those in need, philanthropic organizations offer them ways to be better off and this new kind of thinking benefits the society as a whole. By engaging young people in the decision making process, the program educates us how philanthropy can work under the new era and how to make an impact through collective efforts. PIM's model foundation has reshaped my ideas and view towards philanthropy and I would consider it when deciding my career path.”

Alison Weng

University of Auckland '18

“PIM connected me with people at the forefront of China's social sector and inspired me to start a China-focused social impact initiative at Princeton. The people I met at Model Foundation are some of the brightest, most passionate young people I have ever come across - it's amazing to have them as a support network.”

Vera Lummis

Princeton University '17

"Through Model Foundation, I gained a systematic understanding of the philanthropic sector as well as its newest innovative developments. This program model really engenders you with a strong sense of participation. As a Model Foundation member, I evaluated organizations with my peers, comparing their different principles and standards, and were altogether fully responsible for the final funding decision. Being able to affect public welfare and help organizations achieve their mission made me realize the full extent of the responsibility on our shoulders as part of this endeavor."

Ally Luo

Hong Kong University '19

"Model Foundation is an excellent platform for evaluating and understanding the development of Chinese NGOs from a perspective of a foundation. I had the privilege of gaining insight into the development of a local NGO in China and securing funding for them. While researching their work, I was deeply moved and impressed by their mission and work, and became a fully-fledge volunteer for the organization afterwards. I truly believe that Model Foundation can let young people better understand the development of Chinese NGOs, and as a result, make China better, together."

Chuqi Yan

Shanghai Jiao Tong University/Cornell '18

Program Timeline

  • June/July

    Online Course: (12 hours, remote)

    Take a comprehensive online course about philanthropy developed by PIM with materials sourced from Yale, Stanford, the University of Hong Kong, and leading foundations.

  • July

    Design a pitch: (8 hours, remote)

    Through site visits & interviews with organization founders, develop an investment pitch for your social organization.

  • Mid-August

    Philanthropy Summit in Beijing: (5 days)

    Sit on the grantmaking committee of a foundation and decide how to allocate the $20,000 USD grant.

Eligibility

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Current university and graduate students as well as young professionals are encouraged to apply. Our participants in the past have come from 20+ schools from 7 countries across 15+ majors.

Successful applicants demonstrate:

  • Passion for social innovation and impact.
  • Intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness to new ideas.
  • Ability to engage cross-culturally to understand others.
  • Proficiency in English and Mandarin Chinese

 

Apply Now

Application closes May 7, 2017