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About GCPI

The Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI) is a unique bilateral research project that examines the contributions of Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists in the U.S. and Greater China.

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Xinhua News: Experts and Academics Gather to Promote Chinese Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (Chinese)

06/28/2018. On the 28th of June, Chinese and foreign experts and scholars gathered for the GCPI - Tsinghua Forum. Co-organized by the Center of Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University and the UCLA Asia Pacific Center, this forum facilitated a high-level dialogue on the three themes of “Philanthropy, Innovation and Talent Cultivation”, “Chinese and Overseas Chinese Philanthropy Outlook” and “Emerging Chinese Charities”. Featuring the chancellors and vice-chancellors of four world-renowned universities at home and abroad to the forum also fostered in-depth discussions on philanthropy in higher education with scholars from home and abroad sharing their latest research findings on the status of the Chinese charity field and Chinese philanthropy in comparative analysis. Stewart Kwoh, Co-Founder and President of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, reported on the first phase of the “Global Chinese Charity Action” (GCPI) project, and presented the project's analysis regarding the motivations, areas of donations, donation trends and impacts of giving by Chinese philanthropists across Greater China and the US. The GCPI – Tsinghua Forum aimed to establish a network and physical platform to provide opportunities for Chinese philanthropists, industry insiders and academic researchers to interact, exchange ideas and cooperate offline as well as online.

UCLA Asia Pacific Center: Donor Builds Trans-Pacific Community of Chinese Donors

06/19/2018. UCLA alumnus John Long is a successful businessman, Asian American community leader and philanthropist. An actively engaged donor to both UCLA and UC Irvine, Long created the GCPI in 2015, together with several partners and benefactors. Its goal was to foster a community of Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists who could share lessons learned, maximize the impact of their giving and encourage the next generation of young philanthropists. While Phase I of GCPI in many ways was an exploratory research project that integrated data, narrative and analysis across Chinese philanthropists in Greater China and the U.S., in the project's second phase, GCPI is moving to add crucial new elements to the ecosystem it has created, including rigorous academic research and more efficient communication among its participants. Ushering in this second phase, is the upcoming GCPI - Tsinghua Forum, which will feature not only distinguished business leaders, philanthropists and second-generation philanthropists from both sides of the Pacific, but for the first time, a deans' panel on research and philanthropy in higher education and two academic panels on Chinese and diasporic Chinese philanthropy.



Academic Papers

The Academic working papers represent the foundational research conducted for the project. They provide an overview of the magnitude, patterns, and trajectory of Chinese philanthropy, and a theoretical and conceptual framework to guide subsequent primary evaluation and translational research.



Founding Partners

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice - LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice - LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.

UCI Long US-China Institute

The UCI Long U.S.–China Institute at the University of California, Irvine, aims to enhance and facilitate knowledge about the opportunities and challenges of China’s rise. As a premier academic platform to understand and formulate opinions about these opportunities and challenges, the UCI Long U.S.–China Institute engages with scholars and practitioners in the United States and in China around four key areas: (1) economic growth, trade, and investment; (2) social development and justice; (3) philanthropy and wealth management; and (4) risk and regulation.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

At the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policymaking, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs identifies and develops emerging areas of research and teaching, cultivating leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Founded in 1994, UCLA Luskin incorporates the best practices in scholarship, research, and teaching in the fields of social work, urban and regional planning, and policymaking. Faculty are engaged in research that addresses pressing national and regional issues.

Founding Benefactors

Lao Niu Foundation

The Lao Niu Foundation was set up in late 2004 by Mr. Niu Gensheng, founder and former chairman and president of China Mengniu Dairy Company, and his family with all of their shares and part of the dividends from the company. With the guideline “Improving ourselves by helping others and always being grateful; undertaking global responsibilities to educate people and protect the environment,” the Lao Niu Foundation is dedicated to “promoting education, protecting the environment, and practicing philanthropy for all.” By focusing on environmental protection, culture and education, and sector development, the foundation is striving to create a healthy and equitable environment for mankind and to “sustain the foundation to its 100th year and beyond.” By the end of June 2017, the Lao Niu Foundation had completed 208 philanthropic projects in partnership with 161 agencies, organizations, and individuals, covering 30 provinces in China as well as cities in the United States, Canada, France, Nepal, and Africa. Its total charitable expenditures exceeded USD 200 million (RMB 1.202 billion).

Long Family Foundation

The Long Family Foundation is a private foundation that was established in 1992 by John and Marilyn Long. The foundation aims to promote and support religious, educational, cultural, and research endeavors that align with their family’s values.

Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation was established in 1998. Its benefactor, Wallace H. Coulter, was known for inventing the Coulter Principle, an electronic method of counting and classifying microscopic particles suspended in fluid. The principle was incorporated by Mr. Coulter in an apparatus to count and classify blood cells. The apparatus, which came to be known as the “Coulter Counter,” revolutionized the practice of clinical laboratory medicine and touches people’s daily lives with immeasurable impact. The foundation, led by Sue Van, its CEO and president, continues Mr. Coulter’s Wallace’s practice of providing risk capital for innovative initiatives through its grant programs. The Coulter Foundation has been a leading contributor to the advancement of biomedical innovation and is currently the largest funder in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the United States.