Don’t hesitate to reach out with additional questions at info@pimchina.org.

  • I may not be able to commit to 4 hours per week to the online course in June and July. Will it limit my ability to participate in the international training conference?

    The online modules are specifically designed to support you in developing personal and professional skills, providing you with tools and skills such as impact evaluation, pitch design, and more.

    Additionally, participants will advocate on behalf of early-stage organizations that stand to benefit significantly from the funding and capacity building opportunities Model Foundation offers. Only those teams that successfully complete the online portion – including site visits and/or video interviews with an organization — will be eligible to participate in the offline conference.

  • Can I nominate a non-profit organization or social enterprise to participate?

    Yes! During the online course, we welcome you to nominate and advocate on behalf of any early-stage social organization, project or social enterprise. Don’t have an organization in mind? No problem. We will carefully pair participants with innovative organizations working across Greater China.

  • Do I have to have a team to join, or can I sign-up on my own?

    We recommend you sign up with a team as the competition is designed for teams of two to four. However, we welcome applications from individuals and will pair you with other individual participants based on location and fields of interest.

  • What does the program fee cover?

    Tuition covers the following:

    • Pre-conference training through online lessons
    • Matching with local social enterprise
    • 5-day international philanthropy conference
    • Career panel with networking opportunities
    • Continued access to social impact opportunities through alumni network


    Please note that all participants will gain access to high-level training, networking and social impact opportunities at the philanthropy conference. Teams representing organizations selected as finalists – based on their potential for impact — will be selected for the decision-making grant committee.

  • How are finalist teams selected to be a part of the grantmaking committee?

    Participant-created pitches for each organization will be reviewed by participants and a panel of judges. Modeling a typical grantmaking process, organizations will be evaluated using an assessment framework designed in partnership with the University of Hong Kong and Ford Foundation. Judges will also take into account the quality of the pitch proposal created by participants. Up to eight finalist organizations will be selected to advance, represented by their participant teams on the final decision-making committee at the philanthropy conference in Beijing.