From September 25 – 27, as an important exchange platform of Chinese-French cooperation, the 2nd “Chinese – French Cultural Forum” was held in Lyons, the second biggest city in France. More than 500 personages of all circles from both China and France, including Chen Zhu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and President of Western Returned Scholars Association Chinese Overseas-returned Scholars Association, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Former French Prime Minister and Chairman of La Fondation Prospective & Innovation (French Prospective and Innovation Foundation)attended the event. Ma Weihua, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Global Philanthropy Institute, Niu Gensheng, Initiator of the Institute, Wang Zhenyao, President of the Institute, Guo Su, Assistant President of the Institute, and Dong Fangjun, Representative of Outstanding Students of GPL Program and many others attended the event by invitation.
On September 1, 2017, on the occasion of the upcoming 2nd anniversary of China Global Philanthropy Institute, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the founding of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation China Office, Wang Zhenyao, President of China Global Philanthropy Institute and China Philanthropy Research Institute, described his connection with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Since 1990s, family charity has developed rapidly in America. Grant-making foundations have more than tripled over the past 20-plus years. Currently there are more than 100,000 family (private) foundations and more than 200,000 Donor-advised funds. Donor-advised fund allows donors to open an exclusive account, receive tax benefits and make recommendations on the use of funds and investment over time.
“The breakthrough growth of social donations in China began in 2008.” said Wang Zhenyao, Dean of China Global Philanthropy Institute and Dean of China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University.
In May 2015, it was the 10th anniversary of the School of Business-Xuanzang Road Gobi Challenge and the 120 km relay race was going on. As a volunteer, Li Junfeng was waiting for his son Xiao Zheng 20 kilometers from the starting point.
In four days and three nights, more than 2,500 people crossed an uninhabited area of 112 kilometers.Under the scorching sun, the endless desert sometimes looks desperate. However, after a day’s race, enjoying a bowl of hot soup in the camp will make one feel everything is so worthwhile and precious.