The 3rd East-West Philanthropists Summit Held in Hawaii
The 3rd East-West Philanthropists Summit co-sponsored by CGPI and East and West Center was held in Hawaii from January 7 to January 9. Nearly one hundred philanthropic leaders at home and abroad gathered in Honolulu to study the new challenge and opportunity for centenary philanthropy revolving around the theme of "Centenary Philanthropy, New Mission." At the Summit, those philanthropic leaders discussed that under the context of accelerated globalization, intensified economic integration and loosened national governing structure, how the global philanthropic community should better undertake its mission to start cooperative actions through philanthropic and financial innovation, so as to make greater contributions to the battle against communal challenges imposed on the human society, such as global warming, ecological pollution, poverty, hunger and serious infectious diseases.
"Making money is a technique, and spending it is an art. Both our production and survival aim for a better life. Philanthropic aids can bring physical well-being to those in need of it," said Niu Gensheng, one of founders of East-West Philanthropists Summit and founder of Lao Niu Foundation. During his speech he appealed to the philanthropists, "Action! Action! We need action!"
The 2nd East-West Philanthropists Summit brought about the cooperative mechanism built by the five philanthropists: Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, Niu Gensheng, He Qiaonv and Ye Qingjun. On November 12, 2015, CGPI announced its establishment in Beijing.
Robert Rawson, Director of Global Philanthropy Partnership, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that “We're happy to be one of those who sponsored CGPI. In America only one fifth of the population believe they've made valid donations. We need to consider encouraging more people to get involved, combining our hearts and brains to increase people's enthusiasm, for the goal of making this world better."
Facing the new change in international philanthropy, CGPI's president Ma Weihua believes Chinese philanthropy is going through a profound historical transformation from government to public dominated, from social elite and wealthy group to public participation dominated, from individual to organization and enterprise, and from traditional to modern philanthropy. "International philanthropy is growing fast with emergence of many new ideas and new philanthropies, including influence investment, philanthropic trust and venture. Commercial and philanthropic models are infiltrating into each other."
On the other hand, female philanthropic leaders are emerging. Shi Yanhua, senior consultant of CIIDS said that the First Ladies around the globe are very active in philanthropic field, which prompts governmental officers to actively realize the importance of philanthropy. Geng Ming, deputy director of Beijing Office Policy Advocacy and Government Relation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said that female philanthropic leaders are participating in low frequency at the current stage. Most of them are making contributions behind their husbands. Therefore, women should be encouraged to get involved during the philanthropic practitioner cultivation, to the extent that they can promote the philanthropic development with their own voice and leadership. Page Duranie believes that women should not only be encouraged to take leading positions, but solidify everyone with their feminine care.
Regarding how global philanthropists take better actions to strengthen and promote the flawless connection between eastern and western civilizations in philanthropy, unite east-west philanthropic power and solve the challenges imposed on all human beings, He Qiaonv, chairwoman of the Summit and president of Qiaonv Foundation proposed an action initiative from aspects of the world, China and women, in order to encourage the philanthropists to perform their mission under the joint program.
The East-West Philanthropists Summit is initiated by philanthropic leaders and commercial elites with global influence, with the vision of “Philanthropy changes the world and creates the future”, dedicated to establishing a bridge for ideological exchange and practical cooperation among philanthropists, entrepreneurs, political leaders and academic elites with the greatest influence in the world. It carries out regular discussion on the new philanthropic trend, new challenge confronting global philanthropy and new solutions to important social issues, for the purpose of promoting the revolution of philanthropic concept and knowledge and strategic innovation.
The Summit has received strategic supports from Qiaonv Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Beijing Dali Philanthropic Foundation, Lao Niu Foundation, Zhejiang Dunhe Foundation, Heren Charity Foundation, Huamin Charity Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Ford Foundation.