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2024 Public Forum on Global Chinese Philanthropy

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Global Chinese Philanthropy Research and Training Program

Online via Zoom webinar

Thursday, June 6 at 5:00-6:15 PM (Pacific Time)
Friday, June 7 at 8:00-9:15 AM (Beijing Time)

The goal of the Global Chinese Philanthropy (GCP) Research and Training Program is to integrate networking building, research, and training to bridge intellectual inquiry and professional practice in the field of Global Chinese Philanthropy. The program also seeks to foster passion and interest in volunteerism, stimulate innovative research ideas, and encourage the sharing of best practices related to Global Chinese Philanthropy.

The 2024 Public Forum on Global Chinese Philanthropy will feature philanthropists, scholars, and practitioners who will discuss and share their experiences from a variety of perspectives. Please note that a closed-group discussion and members-only workshop for registered GCP Training Program participants will follow the panel, on Thursday, June 6 from 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific Time) / Friday, June 7 from 9:30-11:00 AM (Beijing Time).

  • Chair: Jeannie Chen, Center Administrator - UCLA Asia Pacific Center
  • Moderator: Jiangang Zhu, Nankai University
  • Panelists:
    • Tisa Blackmore, Executive Vice President with Netzel Grigsby Associates
    • Alice Lau, President and Founder of the Guangdong Harmony Community Foundation
    • Xiaodong Liu, Director of the Home Love Foundation

Tisa W. Blackmore is an Executive Vice President with Netzel Grigsby Associates, a consulting firm serving California non-profits for close to 40 years. Grounded in her conviction that fundraising is promise keeping, Tisa has worked with a variety of California nonprofits developing and implementing major fundraising campaigns for 25 years. Over her career and Netzel Grigsby, Tisa and her colleagues have worked with philanthropists and nonprofits from a variety of cultural contexts, including the AAPI community and Chinese Americans specifically. Currently, Tisa and her team are working with the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA to design and implement a campaign strategy to fund a multi-media textbook designed for schools across the nation to engage students in learning and conversation regarding the history, contributions and current issues facing the various AAPI communities across the nation.

Alice Lau is President and Founder of Guangdong Harmony Community Foundation. She served as the International Director of Lions Clubs International from 2017-2019, and as General Secretary of SEE Association and SEE Foundation from 2011-2015. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.

Xiaodong Liu is Director of the Home Love Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to help Chinese infants adopted by American families. Mr. Liu has also worked as a senior journalist with a career spanning several decades, and served as Executive Editor in Chief of the "China Press" from 2012-2019. As a journalist, Mr. Liu was a columnist for multiple magazines up to the present, contributing analyses and commentaries mainly on topics concerning Chinese communities in America and the interactions between the Chinese and American economies. Beyond this, Mr. Liu is also an active participant in academic lectures and seminars in various universities, including an affiliation as a visiting professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, since 2014. His research interests include Chinese philanthropy and Chinese political orientations in America.

Dr. Jiangang Zhu is a leading scholar, educator, and advocate in the fields of Chinese civil society and Chinese indigenous philanthropy. He is based at Nankai University in Tianjin, where he serves as an anthropology and sociology professor in the Department of Sociology and as Director of the Center on Philanthropy. Earlier in his career he was a member of the faculty at the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, where he also served as Executive Dean of the Research School of Philanthropy. He has been a HYI (the Harvard-Yenching Institute) Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (2007-2008) and a Fulbright Scholar at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (2014-2015). He has published extensively in Chinese and English, and his major publications are Between the Family and the State: Ethnography of the Civil Associations and Community Movements in a Shanghai Linong Neighborhood (Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2010) and Power of Action: Case Studies of Private Volunteer Organizations (Beijing: The Commercial Press, 2008).

This workshop is part of the Global Chinese Philanthropy Research and Training Program and made possible with the support of the Cyrus Tang Foundation.

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