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2017 Executive Leadership Program


On February 20, the first Executive Leadership Program(referred to as ELP) was officially launched at Harvard University. "We are destined to meet, and for the sake of today, we haveprepared for the past 35 years," said Ray Dalio, donor of the scholarship program, at the launch ceremony of the ELP program.

Program Funder Ray Dalio addressed at the launch ceremony of Executive Leadership Program(ELP).

Funded by Mr. Ray Dalio and the Dali Foundation, China Global Philanthropy Institute and John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University jointly launched the ELP program,aiming to provide opportunities for ELP students, who study at the China Global Philanthropy Institute, to study at Harvard, so as to further enhance their leadership and innovation. Theprogram will last for three years and will be held annually by the China Global Philanthropy Institute and Harvard Kennedy School. Both schools will jointly select 40 students to participate in the program.

At the launching ceremony, Dean Wang Zhenyao presented a picture to the program donor Ray Dalio. The painting is from WABC, the EMP alumni organization, which is dedicated to providing free art therapy courses for mentally handicapped people.

The Executive Leadership Program includes two weeks of study at Harvard Kennedy School and a week of field learning in the eastern United States. At the end of the study, students are requiredto put forward an action plan and apply the knowledge and skills that they have learned to theiractual work. China Global Philanthropy Institute and Harvard Kennedy School will conduct long-term follow-ups, provide follow-up counseling and support, and evaluate the impact of the ELPprogram based on the results of the action plan.

ELP students take photos with Mr. Ray Dalio.

On the first day of the program, Ray Dalio -the program funder, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, and one of the initiators of the China Global Philanthropy Institute - came to the classroom and told the students about the relationship between his family and China. He also shared his experience on how to do philanthropy. "Life and death alternate,and the body is only the carrier of life, but charitable genes can be inherited generations after generations; the spiritual realm will see a greater presence and continuity,” Ray's concluding remarks greatly influenced and encouraged the students present.

The First Lesson at Harvard

The first lecture of 2017 ELP program is given by Prof. Tony Saich, a well-known scholar on China at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The lecture focuses on the theory of change and guides these students who already have experience in nonprofit management to start from reflections and discussions onorganizational mission and analyze the key elements to leadership improvement from five major aspects:

1. Why do people give? Why do they accept it?

2. How can philanthropy leaders create sustained public values?

3. What are the current giving models? What lessons can be provided by changes in for-profitorganizations to non-profit organizations?

4. What are the impact of globalization on philanthropy and the values of talent strategy?

5. How does morality influence philanthropy and giving tradition?      

The above five questions go throughout the whole lecture, so that students can always reflect. From them, one can see the root-causes, paths, methods, and variables and then build the key tothe theory of mission change.

Professor Tony Saich focuses on two models of theory of change, which help students understand the mission better - with boundaries, incentives, and evaluations. He argues that a strong mission statement always focuses on addressing the unmet public needs, stimulating themwith stakeholders, using unique skills, balancing the pros and cons, and guiding expectations.

Harvard Kennedy School has meticulously designed three major teaching modules for theExecutive Leadership Program (ELP): theoretical combing, special lectures, and skill trainings, only to stimulate each student’s heart to contribute to philanthropy and lead changes forphilanthropy in China.

Dean Wang Zhenyao delivered a speech at the launching ceremony of the 2017 Executive Leadership Program.

At the end of the morning session, President Wang Zhenyao gave his best wishes to the students, hoping that after studying at Harvard Kennedy School, all the ELP participants could really become leaders of charitable change and progress in China.

Introduction to ELP Program

Funded by Ray Dalio and the Dali Foundation, the China Global Philanthropy Institute and John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University jointly launched the Executive Leadership Program (short in ELP), aiming to provide opportunities for senior managers of public charities, who study at the China Global Philanthropy Institute, to study at Harvard, so as to further enhance their leadership and innovation and promote the development of philanthropy causes inChina. Participants will attend a two-week course at Harvard Kennedy School and pay a week's visit to some foundations in the field of social innovation and also representatives from nonprofit organizations. Every year, the program selects 40 participants.

The participants will learn from and discuss about the best public practices at Harvard KennedySchool, as well as global philanthropy trends. During the first year of the program, leaders fromChina's emerging nonprofit organizations will learn important frameworks and skills to guide and support the development of their institutions and then place themselves in the context of globalphilanthropy trends. The course will include the following contents: understanding the role ofimpact investment, corporate social responsibility, American philanthropy innovation, and the concept of embedded learning.

The program encourages participants to think about leadership models, behavioral science, and public values in order to stimulate students to discuss mission creation, execution, and development in their organizations. The program aims to promote the understanding of the relationship between modern philanthropy and civil society, to support and guide social investment so as to make it more efficient and effective, to improve the distribution of social resources, and to enhance the knowledge and skills of public service professionals.

The program lasts for three years, with one session for each year. 2017 marks the first sessionof this scholarship program. The program selects 40 participants every year. China Global Philanthropy Institute and Harvard Kennedy School will conduct joint admission arrangement,examination and approval, and screening. The related personnel and potential lecturers fromChina Global Philanthropy Institute will actively participate in the teaching and evaluation of thisprogram.

Introduction to Executive Management of Philanthropy

EMP (Executive Management of Philanthropy) is a high-end philanthropy management talent training program initiated by China Global Philanthropy Institute, which aims to provide all leadersconcerning philanthropy with the world's leading systematic philanthropy education. The goal isto cultivate senior management personnel in China’s nonprofit sector and even Greater China Region.

The program was formerly known as the EMP program, which was jointly organized by Prof. Wang Zhenyao in October 2013 and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy of Indiana University (the United States). On November 2015, after the establishment of China Global Philanthropy Institute, the program was upgraded to become the EMP program.

Standing at the historical point of global philanthropy transformation and upgrading and the flourishing of philanthropy in China, and based on the "charity-economy theory" which advocates wealth for good deeds, EMP builds a professional "charity knowledge" curriculum system, focusing on the integration of international classic cases and local philanthropy wisdom, andimplements a new practice-oriented teaching model with application as its goal.

Based on local communities, China Global Philanthropy Institute’s EMP program integrateseastern and western wisdom, learns from world-class philanthropists and the world's advancedcharitable organizations, promotes social innovation and enhances social forces, builds the world's best philanthropy knowledge exchange network and venture capital investment platformfor public welfare, and pushes forward the use of specialized public charity to solve the most pressing social problems.


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