On March 10, 2018, the opening ceremony of China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI)'s first philanthropy management course in East China and the Philanthropy Dialogue on Philanthropic Economy and Social Innovation were held in Shanghai. Wang Zhenyao, President of China Global Philanthropy Institute, Xie Lingli, Vice President of Shanghai Charity Foundation, Wei Qing, Director of Publicity and Informationization Department of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Xiong Hou, Director of Scientific Research Department of Shanghai Academy of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Liu Muqun, Dean of Overseas Education College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xue Yixin and Qian Jun, Vice Presidents of CGPI Alumni Association, Tu Yexing, Secretary-general of the CGPI Alumni Association, Liang Qinghong, Secretary General of CGPI East China Alumni Association, and representatives from government agencies, universities and social organizations came to congratulate and attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The first popular book in 2018 is undoubtedly the Principle written by the American "Godfather of hedge fund" - Ray Dalio. The Chinese version was sold for 500,000 copies in one month. On February 26, 2018, he started the four days' talk with Chinese readers. First he came to Beijing campus of China Global Philanthropy Institute. He would build this philanthropy institute just like the Rockefeller family builds the union Medical College.
On February 24, the 9th day of the first lunar month, China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) welcomed Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein. In the presence of Mr. Elliott Donnelly, Prince Max, President Wang Zhenyao, Chairman of Huamin Charity Foundation Lu Dezhi, Chairman of Dongfangjun Foundation Dong Fangjun, GPL Leader and Founder of Nanjing Xinhuixin Foundation Pan Yi, President of Efang Real Estate Financial Group Shen Jian and other Chinese philanthropists had dinner together, and hold in-depth discussions about the development prospect and future cooperation intention of China Social Finance and Impact Investment.
From February 22 to 23, Ma Weihua, Rotating Chairman of China Alliance of Social Value Investment and Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Global Philanthropy Institute, and Xu Yongguang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Narada Foundation led the Chinese delegation of China Impact Investment to fly to Seoul, South Korea to participate in "Asian-Pacific Region Impact Investment Seminar and the Korea NAB Inauguration Conference," which was co-organized by the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG), the British Council, and U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
At the beginning of 2018, the simplified Chinese version of Principles was published by CITIC Press Group. With a short period of one month, 500,000 copies were sold, which created another miracle in the Chinese book market. As the author of the book, Ray Dalio is not only "Godfather of Hedge Fund" in the U.S., Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge fund in the world, but also one of the earliest foreign entrepreneurs who came to China after the Open-door Policy. He is also a businessman who is also affectionate about China, is full of feelings, and has a sense of responsibility to society.
During the Spring Festival, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent holiday wishes through congratulatory letters to Chairman Ma Weihua and President Wang Zhenyao, respectively. In the letters, Blair wished them great health, fortune and happiness in the year of the Dog.