On December 18, “Chang An Ci – Lao Niu Foundation Charitable Trust for Education” officially signed legal documents. Lao Niu Motivational Class Project was modified to be implemented in the form of charitable trust; on December 27, the charitable trust was registered and announced by Shaanxi Xi’an Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau. This is the first exploration of implementing projects in the mode of charitable fund in China after the implementation of the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China.
On December 17, the preparatory meeting of China Environmental Grantmakers Alliance (CEGA) was held in Beijing. 11 public welfare institutions including Lao Niu Foundation will jointly initiate “China Environmental Grantmakers Alliance (CEGA)”, which aims at building the platform for communication and cooperation between environmental grant makers, guiding the future direction of grant in environmental area, and achieving maximum social benefit for charitable funds in environmental area. At the meeting, Lei Yongsheng, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Zhang Li, Secretary-general of SEE Foundation (Beijing Entrepreneurs Environmental Foundation), were elected as co-chairmen.
On December 13, “2017 China Annual Conference on Philanthropy” with the theme “bringing together all forces and moving forward” was held at Beijing National Convention Center. Niu Gensheng (for three times in all), the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, Lei Yongsheng (for three years in succession), Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, and Niu Ben (for two years in succession), Director of Lao Niu Foundation and Director General of Beijing Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation, were awarded “2017 Public Welfare Person of the Year”.
On November 28, the Foundation was officially approved to set up “committee of non-establishment branch committee”. Later, a “party member activity room” was set up to organize party members to learn, publicize and implement the spirit of the reports of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, “Two Studies, One Action”, and new party constitution together. They also reviewed the oath at the CPC joining ceremony.
On November 24, Protected Natural Area Alliance for Public Welfare was held in Beijing. The Alliance was co-initiated by 23 public welfare organizations including Lao Niu Foundation, aiming at cooperating with national ecological civilization construction and aggregating the forces of public welfare institutions. The expectation of the Alliance is to help the country to effective protect 1% of national territorial land before 2030.
In the afternoon of October 29, Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, accepted the invitation from One Foundation and participated in the recording of Oral History of Chinese Philanthropic Organization: One Foundation project initiated by One Foundation and Beijing Yongyuan Foundation as “the key figure participated in the creation and witnessed the 10 year development history of One Foundation”, telling about the story between One Foundation and Lao Niu Foundation in the past ten years.
In October 1-3, Mr. Warren Calvin Bethune, the grandson of the great fighter for communism Norman Bethune, and Ms. Pei Weitao visited Niu Gensheng Family and Lao Niu Foundation in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on behalf of the Bethune Family from Canada.
On September 29, the press conference for the inception of “Lao Niu Winter Olympic Carbon Sequestration Forest” hosted by State Forestry Bureau, guided by Beijing Winter Olympics Committee and organized by China Green Carbon Foundation was held in Beijing. The project will plant about 2.3 Million trees. In the crediting period of the project in the next 30 years, it will absorb about 380,000 tons of carbon dioxide, provide vast numbers of employment opportunities for local community, improve the income level of local people, provide important model significance for promoting the coordinated economic and social development and co-governance of ecological environment in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and make positive contribution to tackling global climate change.
In September, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, went to Lyon of France upon invitation with Chinese delegation to attend the series of activities of “Sino-France Cultural Forum”. During the forum, Niu Gensheng attended relevant activities organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France and conducted deep communication on promoting the implementation of Sino-France cultural exchange projects with Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France and the Chairman of the Prospective and Innovation Foundation.
On September 18, “Lao Niu Foundation Institutional Cultural Construction Staff Mobilization Meeting” was held at the headquarters in Hohhot. Under the guidance of Venture Avenue work team, the staff of the Foundation gained clearer understanding for the concept of cultural value and its importance and necessity successively through value introduction, case sharing, group discussion and presentation, elaboration of methodology and interactive question and answer. The two sides conducted discussion and summarized on the topic of “institutional cultural construction”.
On September 15, the summary and commendation conference for Inner Mongolia “Brightness Action” Social Benefit Campaign was held in Hohhot. The project lasted for 23 months, went deep into 12 league cities, 103 banner counties, 842 townships and towns (sub-district offices), and 6,223 villages (communities), and set up 2,025 medical screening points. The medical team marched for 416,500 kilometers and cumulatively screened patients with eye diseases for 339,304 person times in the entire district, performed operation to regain the sights of 15,015 poverty-stricken cataract patients for free, and over fulfilled the objective of 100,000 operations with 100% achievement ratio.
On September 14, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) “Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management” side event of the 13th Conference of the Parties of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was held in Erdos. An Yaqiang, Deputy Secretary-general of the Foundation attended the meeting upon invitation and shared the project results of “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Ecological Demonstration Zone” with the title The Coexistence between Man and Nature: Practice in Inner Mongolia.
On September 4, the presentation for results of “Philanthropy for Sustainable Development in China” jointly launched by United Nations Development Programme – China and China Foundation Center was held in Beijing. An Yaqiang, Deputy Secretary-general of the Foundation attended the meeting upon invitation and spoke for UN SDGs on behalf of domestic foundations.
On September 1, on the one year anniversary of the implementation of Charity Law, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, and Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, accepted the invitation from China Charity Alliance and participated in the activity of “Master Talk: the One year After the Implementation of Charity Law” to discuss the changes and influences brought about by Charity Law in the year to industry and society with dozens of other “masters” from the industry, and to contribute ideas and exert efforts for the future development of philanthropy.
On August 18, Mr. Niu Gensheng and Ms. He Qiaonv joined International Union for Conservation of Nature as the first batch of philanthropists in China and became its “Patron of Nature”. On October 13 and 14, “Patron of Nature” conference organized by IUCN was held at Monaco Yacht Club. Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, attended the meeting on behalf of Niu Gensheng and gathered in Monaco with many domestic and foreign colleagues in public welfare and philanthropic leaders from institutions including IUCN, East-West Philanthropy Forum and China Global Philanthropy Institute, and shared ideas on and discussed about the topics centering “conservation and sustainable development of coastal regions” and “natural conservation and philanthropy”.
In June 7-9, Asia Venture Philanthropy Network 2017 Annual Meeting themed “Collaboration for Impact” was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, attended the meeting upon invitation and delivered a keynote speech on “Lao Niu Foundation’s Exploration and Attempt in the Field of Venture Philanthropy (his viewpoint was included and reported in the article Art of Wise Donation in Asia by Nihon Keizai Shimbun on June 30).
In May 20-22, Peggy Dulany, the 4th generation member of the Rockefeller Family from the United States, the Founder of Global Philanthropists Circle, and the Founder and Chair of the Synergos Institute, paid a special visit to Niu Gensheng Family and the Foundation along with other 10 members from the GPC team.
On May 9, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, along with Bill Gates and Wang Zhenyao, jointly witnessed the establishment of “Global Philanthropy Leaders” at the headquarters of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
On May 5, according to the requirements of Measures for the Accreditation of Charitable Organizations by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and after examination, Lao Niu Foundation and other 17 social organizations were accredited as the first batch of charitable organizations in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (as of the end of 2017, there were altogether 15,336 social organizations in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region).
On April 26, the Foundation was rated as “Top 10 Non-public Offering Foundations of the Year” on the 14th (2017) China Charity Ranking Ceremony; “Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum Project” also won “Top 10 Charity Project of the Year”.
On April 18, Niu Gensheng Family was rated as “Models of Strategic Donations in China” on the “Top 100 Philanthropists of China & Strategic Philanthropy” Workshop jointly held by China Philanthropy Research Institute and China Global Philanthropy Institute.
On March 31, Lao Niu Treatment Project for Poverty-Stricken Cataract Patient (2nd phase) initiated and supported by the Foundation, namely Inner Mongolia “Brightness Action” Social Benefit Campaign, won the Special Award of the 6th “Inner Mongolia’s Inspirational Role Models”.
On March 16, “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Ecological Demonstration Zone Project” of the Foundation won the Special Mention Award of the 4th Paulson Prize for Sustainable Cities.
On February 17, the launching ceremony of Familial & Hereditary Tumor Collaboration of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (CACA) and the signing/donation ceremony of Shen Shuxiang Special Fund for Medical Research were held in Beijing. Peking University Shen Shuxiang Special Fund for Medical Research was officially established.
In January, China Charity Alliance and Xinhuanet jointly initiated “2017 Hundred Opinions on Charitable Trend”. Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, and Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, conducted predictive analysis on, looked into and provided suggestions for the prospect and development tendency of Chinese and global philanthropy upon invitation together with colleagues in public welfare, including Wang Jianlin, Yang Lan, Lu Dezhi and Xu Yongguang.
On December 27, 2016 China Annual Conference on Philanthropy was held in Beijing China National Convention Center. Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, and Director Niu Ben (Director General of Beijing Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation) were selected as “Influence · 2016 China Top 100 Philanthropists”
On December 16, Mr. Niu Gensheng convened the core sponsor preparatory meeting for “China Philanthropist Alliance” in Hong Kong together with Shen Guojun, Liu Donghua, Xu Yongguang, Shen Nanpeng, Ding Liguo and Ai Luming.
On December 5, China Entrepreneur released “China Public Welfare Leaders” for the first time. Mr. Niu Gensheng ranked TOP 10 of the list along with Ma Yun, Ma Huateng, Wang Jianlin and other philanthropists.
In November, China Foundation Center released new version of china Foundation Transparency Index (FTI). The Foundation continued to tie for the first place at a full score 100 with other foundations.
On November 29, China Charity Alliance released 2015 China Charitable Donation Report: the Foundation ranked the 2nd in the list of “Foundation Annual Donation Income” with “1.53399 Billion Yuan annual donation income in 2015”; and ranked the 22nd in the list of “Foundation Annual Public Welfare Expenditure” with “179.46 Million Yuan annual public welfare expenditure in 2015”.
On November 16, the Foundation was appointed as the member unit and consulting unit of the Charitable Trust Committee of China Charity Alliance on “the founding assembly and charitable trust symposium of Charitable Trust Committee of China Charity Alliance”.
In September, Mr. Niu Gensheng accpted the invitation from China Charity Alliance and filmed the public welfare video entitled General Mobilization of China Philanthropy together with Li Lianjie, Yang Lan and Wang Jianlin. China Charity Alliance will initiate General Mobilization of China Philanthropy around the first Charity Day of China to propagate the idea of philanthropy, carry forward the culture of philanthropy and publicize the laws and regulations for philanthropy.
In September 4-9, Mr. Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, accepted the invitation from Mr. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of UK and Chairman of Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), and visited Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. During the visit, Mr. Niu Gensheng was received with high standard by President Sirleaf of Liberia, President Conte and Prime Minister Youla of Guinea and President Koroma of Sierra Leone; Mr. Niu Gensheng listened to the work report from AGI, visited Mount Coffee Hydroelectric Plant, soap and skin oil workshop and a community school in Liberia, and attended Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s Presidential Office Meeting on Economy and Education as a nonvoting delegate. In the community and hospital in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, Mr. Niu Gensheng visited and comforted the survivors and medical workers from “Ebola” virus and donated the USD 3000 in his pocket to the survivors on the site.
On August 22, “the Launching Ceremony of 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit Carbon Neutral Project”, hosted by State Forestry Bureau and Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government, and organized by China Green Carbon Foundation, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Forestry and Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government, was held in Hangzhou Low Carbon Science & Technology Museum. According to estimation, the greenhouse gases emitted by this year’s G20 Hangzhou Summit would reach about 6,674 tons of carbon dioxide equivalence. With 850,000 Yuan donation from the Foundation and 650,000 Yuan donation from Wanma United Holding Group Co., Ltd., 334 mu forest for carbon neutral will be planted in Hangzhou to “neutralize” the carbon emission from the summit in the next 20 years and achieve “zero carbon emission for the first time in the history of G20 Summit”.
On August 7, “Lao Niu Wetland Conservation Mt. Qomolangma Nature Reserve” Project of the Foundation won the Silver Award on the 5th China Public Welfare Project Contest.
On June 22, the project summary and commendation meeting of “Lao Niu Sunshine Walking Aid” was held in Keerqin District, Tongliao. The project provided prosthesis fitting for nearly 3000 people with lower extremity disability in the whole district and basically achieved the objective of making all the limb disabled people in the district to “stand up”.
On June 1, Mr. Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, accepted the invitation from the University of Montreal and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and went to Montreal, Canada to attend the signing ceremony of “Trudeau Education Foundation” and make a speech. The ceremony was also attended by important guests including Mr. Peng Jingtao, the Counsul-General of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Montreal, Ms. Yang Xinyu, Counselor of Education with the Rank of Minister of the Embassy of The people's Republic of China in Canada, Zhang Bin, President of China Cultural Industry Association, Mr. Guy Breton, President of the University of Montreal, Mr. Alexandre Trudeau, Director of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and Mr. Morris Rosenberg, the President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
On May 26, “the 1st Sino-France Cultural Forum”, donated and supported by the Foundation, hosted by Western Returned Scholars Association and co-hosted by Sino-French Cultural and Art Research Center (YISHU 8), was held in Beijing. President Xi Jinping and French President Hollande respectively sent their congratulatory letter to the forum; Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council, attended the opening ceremony and made a speech; attendees of this forum included Chen Zhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress and Chairman of Western Returned Scholars Association, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Senator, Former Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces of the French Senate, Le Guen, French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Lei Yongsheng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of the Foundation, Paul Andreu, Designer of China National Center for the Performing Arts and world famous architect, Fan Zeng, president of the Chinese Painting Research Institute at Peking University, and other elites from the fields of culture, art, economy and education in China and France.
On May 19, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, accepted the invitation from Mr. Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates and became the first Chinese philanthropist joining the “Giving Pledge”.
On April 28, the Foundation ranked the third in “2015 China Non-public Offering Foundation List” with “179 Million Yuan annual public welfare expenditure” on “2016 China Charity Ranking Releasing Ceremony”.
On April 12, Lao Niu “Philanthropy Classroom” (First Phase) was held in Hohhot. The first sharing guests were Mr. Cheng Gang and Mr. Tao Ze, President and Vice-president of China Foundation Center. They shared their ideas on the theme Evolving Foundation Industry and the Strategic Position of Lao Niu Foundation. The Foundation wishes to build Lao Niu “Philanthropy Classroom” platform into the “wind indicator that gathers the forces of philanthropy, integrates the resources of philanthropy and promotes the development of philanthropy in the Northwest”.
On January 26, China Global Philanthropy Institute project of the Foundation was selected in the “2015 Annual Top 10 Philanthropy News Events” published by China Philanthropy Times; Lei Yongsheng, the Secretary-general of the Foundation, was selected as “Influence · 2015 China Top 100 Philanthropists” by China Philanthropy Times.
In December, the Foundation had the honor of winning the title of “National Advanced Social Organization” awarded by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
On December 3, the cooperation model, project innovation and advanced experienced from China National Children’s center Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum received important instructions from relevant national leaders.
On December 1, the Foundation had the honor of winning “China-Europe Top 10 Green Award Foundation”; Mr. Niu Gensheng received the award presented by Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, and Zhang Wanyan, Chairman of China Europa Forum.
On November 30, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference was inaugurated in Paris, France. Over 100 heads of state, including Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, Obama, President of the United States and Putin, President of Russia, were present at the meeting. Mr. Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, delivered a keynote speech entitled Build Ecological Barrier and Protect the Habitat for Humanity on the date of the meeting as an observer of the meeting. On December 5, Mr. Niu Gensheng delivered a keynote speech entitled “Culture Assists in the Construction of Carbon Sink City” on the side event themed “Build Carbon Sink City, Tackle Climate Change” held in Chinese Corner.
In the last ten-day of November, the Foundation passed the “Autonomous Region Level 1” Review of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Sectional Archives Work Evaluation and established classification template for the archives of public welfare industry.
On November 12, the foundation ceremony of China Global Philanthropy Institute, established by the joint proposal of Bill Gates, the Co-Chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ray Dalio, the CIO of Bridgewater and Director of Beijing Dali Public Welfare Foundation, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of Lao Niu Foundation, He Qiaonv, the Director of Beijing Qiaonv Charity Foundation, and Ye Qingjun, the Honorary President of Zhejiang Dunhe Foundation, and the joint action initiative of “Promoting the Development of Philanthropic Education” were held in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
On July 24, the foundation stone laying ceremony of Hohhot Children’s Discovery Museum, the largest of the kind in Asia with the most advanced exhibition items and the most complete supporting facilities, was held on the former site of Hohhot Municipal Children’s Palace.
On July 23, China National Children’s Center Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum was short-listed for “Top 100 Social Innovation Projects” of the 4th China Public Welfare Project Contest.
In June 16-18, the founding assembly and the first seminar of China Coastal Wetland Conservation Network were held. The establishment network filled in the blank of coastal wetland conservation in China, formed a “two-horizontal and one-vertical” conservation layout along with the existing “Yangtze River Wetland Conservation Network” and “Yellow River Wetland Conservation Network”, and basically formed a large scale and large span wetland conservation framework in China. On October 23, the results of Blueprint Coastal Wetland Conservation China (one of the sub-project of the China wetland Conservation Project of the Foundation) were published on Science, one of the most authoritative academic journals in the world.
On the morning of May 31, the opening ceremony of China National Children’s Center Lao Niu Discovery Museum (the first Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum donated by the Foundation), the first Chinese public welfare museum that integrates the educational idea and mode of advanced international children’s museums, was held in Beijing.
On May 29, the first Graduation Ceremony of Shengle School Affiliated to Inner Mongolia Normal University (one of the key projects of the Foundation) was held in Horinger County. Altogether 123 junior and senior high school students graduated successfully (nearly 92% undergraduate enrolment rate).
On May 22, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, personally led the work team of the Foundation for the first time and visited Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.
On May 5, the 10th General Congress of the Red Cross Society of China opened in Beijing. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, met with all the representatives and delivered a speech. An Yaqiang, Assistant to the Secretary-general of the Foundation, participated in the event on behalf of the Secretary-general Lei Yongsheng (Member of the 9th Council of the Red Cross Society of China).
In May, the Foundation was officially awarded the honor of “5A Social Organization” by Department of Civil Affairs of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
On April 28, the Foundation was selected as the 12th (2015) China Charity Ranking “2014 Top 10 Non-public Offering Foundation” and topped “2014 China Non-public Offering Foundation Donation” with “186 Million Yuan annul public welfare expenditure in 2014”.
On April 9, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, had the honor to win “Philanthropy Excellence Award” on the “25th Anniversary Celebration and Award Party” of the Committee of 100 of the USA.
On February 10, the Strategic Planning Scheme of the Foundation was approved on 2014 and the 5th Session of the 3rd Council. Since then, the Foundation has started carrying out all work under the guidance of the strategic planning.
10, the Strategic Planning Scheme of the Foundation was approved on 2014 and the 5th Session of the 3rd Council. Since then, the Foundation has started carrying out all work under the guidance of the strategic planning.
On February 2, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of the Foundation, was selected as “Influence · 2014 China Top 100 Philanthropists” by China Philanthropy Times.
On January 28, the “Five Blessings Dragon Design Blue and White Charity Plate” and “11th Anniversary Souvenir – White and Gold Colorful Charity Plate” of the Foundation obtained the Design Patent Certificate issued by State Intelligent Property Office.
On January 15, the Foundation won the award of “2014 Annual Wise Giving Promoter” on the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2014 and became the only family foundation winner.
On January 14, the Foundation, along with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and Sina Microblog, won “2014 Most Innovative Charity Award” published by Beijing Morning Post (ranked No. 2).
On December 28th, "the Tenth Anniversary of the Laoniu Foundation Memorial” was held in Hohhot. Government bodies in close collaboration with the Foundation, industry colleagues, partners, previous board members and supervisors, Niu's family members, volunteers and staff have participated in this event. At the memorial, the Foundation released a "Tenth Anniversary Photo Album", a "Tenth Anniversary Documentary", a “Tenth Anniversary Memorial Plate" and a new logo. Also, a new strategic plan was presented, which was passed at the fifth board meeting of the second Board of Directors after.
On October 8th, Mr. Gensheng Niu received “Annual Oak Leaf Award of 2014" (The highest TNC award for global environmental protection).
On August 16th, the first "China Charity Forum" was held in Beijing, initiated by the China Charity Alliance and funded by LNF. More than 500 guests attended the forum, including domestic and international philanthropy leaders, experts and scholars, and social celebrities. Over 50 guests offered corresponding speeches and participated in dialogues. Mr Lei Yongsheng, the Secretary General of LNF, gave the speech titled "Promising Family Foundations". On the 17th, some of the attendees visited LNF’s environment protection and education projects in Helinge’er, Inner Mongolia.
In May, LNF invited Venture Avenue and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to provide strategic planning and consulting services.
On Feb. 26, LNF and the American Henry M. Paulson Foundation held partnership signing ceremony in Beijing. LNF donated 1 million US dollars, and Paulson Foundation self-raised 640,000 US dollars. Other partners include the East-West Center, the International Cranes Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, China's State Forestry Administration, the State Oceanic Administration, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Wetland Science and Technology Committee of Experts, etc. They are in joint hands to promote the cause of China's environmental protection, and research and protection of China's most irreplaceable natural wetland resources.
On January 25th, the 50th Anniversary of the Sino-France Diplomatic Relation Celebration “50 years, 50 people” was officially launched in Beijing. The event was co-initiated by the former French Prime Minister Raffarin and the former ambassador to France Jianmin Wu. Mr. Gensheng Niu from the Lao Niu Foundation), Mr. Chaoyong Wang from Xinzhongli Capital Group, Ms. Hua Xia from EVE Group, and Ms. Linda Wang from Yihai Group sponsored this event. On December 2nd, Mr. Gensheng Niu was awarded the "Sino-France Humanity and Goodwill Ambassador" by the Committee.
On December 20, LNF signed a donation agreement with the East-West Center, investing 500,000 US dollars to initiate the first East-West charity forum. The forum was co-founded by LNF, Huamin Charity Foundation, East-West Center in Hawaii, and China Philanthropy Research Institute. We devote ourselves to building the forum into the world's philanthropy "Davos" - the world's highest level of unofficial charity forum: taking the spirit of "promoting wealth sharing ideas, expanding communication and collaboration between East and West"; convening the world's most influential philanthropy leaders and business leaders; bringing in international modern charitable thoughts and ideas; leading strategic development and collaboration in global philanthropy.
On December 13, LNF signed an agreement with Tony Blair African Governance Initiative (AGI) to develop charitable projects in Africa. LNF became the first Chinese partner of AGI in the field of public welfare.
On October 22, LNF donated RMB 6 million, along with RMB 6 million match fund from Inner Mongolia government to give artificial limb installation to 3,000 people with disabilities.
On August 15, LNF donated RMB 10 million to set up “Thousand People for Charity Initiative - Lao Niu Academy", in partnership with China Charity & Donation Information Center (CCDIC). The academy aimed at mining talents for China's charity sector and cultivating industry leadership. LNF hopes to improve "Talent Ecology" fundamentally, and to promote specialization of China's charity talent as well as the industry's sustainable development. The project plans to train more than 200 "professional managers" for the philanthropy sector in 3 years.
On April 27, at the 10th "2013 China Charity Board Ya’an Fundraising Event", LNF donated RMB 10 million for post-disaster reconstruction in Ya’an.
On April 19, the "Inner Mongolia ShengLe International Eco Zone Project" won “The Most Influential Project" from the Ministry of Civil Affairs in China Charity Award of 2013.
On Feb 28th, the fifth session of the second board meeting announced the election of Zhang Xingsheng, Lei Yongsheng, Li Jian, Wu Shihong, Tian Yueyong, Sarentuoya, Zong Lina to serve as members of the third Board. Song Liang no longer served as members of the board. Zhang Xingsheng was elected as the board director, while Lei Yongsheng as the secretary-general. After seeking suggestions from the authority and major donors, Han Shaojun was appointed as supervisor of the third board.
On Jan 15th, LNF donated 1 million Canadian dollars to the University of Toronto, Canada. The money was used to make a sculpture for Norman Bethune, and establish scholarships in Norman Bethune’s alma mater - Toronto University School of Medicine - in order to promote communication between China and Canada on culture, education and medicine. -It was the first international project.
On Dec 31th, approved by Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Finance Office and Home Office, the Associate was deactivated. All assets, personnel and projects were taken over by LNF.
On Sept 12th, LNF attended the first “China Charity Project Exchange Exhibition” organized by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.- It was the first appearance of LNF at a large domestic charity activity.
On July 2nd, LNF was granted non-profit tax-exemption status, at the same time, the the tax-exemption status for the Association was repealed.
On June 12th, LNF’s started its self-developed project “Lao Niu Children's Discovery Museum”. It is a early childhood education program developed by LNF, Hohhot Government, China Children's Center, and Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute. By introducing western design concept, combining traditional Chinese culture and the practical experience of children education, this project is going to build two innovative and interactive model museums in Hohhot and Beijing. The philosophy of the project is to help children to obtain correct understanding of the world through practice, observation, and discovery; to grasp accurate judgment of things through exploration and thinking; to encourage independent learning through interactive design so that children can be more confident; to build a no-thinking-limit learning environment so that children can be more creative and imaginative; to form correct values about this diversified world through organizing activities; to guide children to face up to the challenge and tap into their potentials.
On April 25th , the launch ceremony of “Lao Niu Environmental Studies International Exchange Fund" was held at Tsinghua University. LNF donated RMB 5 million, in partnership with Tsinghua University Education Foundation to set up a fund using capital preservation grant to sustainably fund for international learning and exchanges for outstanding talents in environment field.
In December, LNF was included in the "China Transparent Philanthropy Report" by China Charity Information Center. In the year of 2011, LNF ranked the 51st among 1,000 charitable organizations in China. In year of 2013, LNF was granted “Excellent Organization Award” (highest honor).
On December 15th, LNF donated RMB10 million to China Green Carbon Foundation to establish "Laoniu Special Fund for Ecological Restoration and Protection ".
On November 11th, Mr. Niu’s family visited Rockefeller Mansion. Mr. Niu’s Family and David Rockefeller as well as other Rockefeller family members shared histories and experiences of doing charity in China and in the United States.
On September 6th, LNF signed an agreement with Inner Mongolia Normal University and donated a school in Helingeer County. The class size of the school is small (30 people), and the school covers education for twelve years, from early childhood education to high school education. The project has been completed and put into use with a total investment of RMB 220 million, of which 70% (about RB 140 million) was donated by LNF. The school covers 60,000 square meters and is able to accommodate 2,000 students. Uniquely, the school provides tennis training and psychological counseling service for children.
On August 12th, LNF donated RMB 1 million to National China Red Cross Association Training Center, carrying out the "Laoniu life school" project in 60 schools in 10 cities. Later, LNF donated RMB 1 million to the Inner Mongolia Red Cross Association, carrying out the project in 45 universities in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The purpose of the project is to let students learn basic knowledge and skills to deal with emergencies and accidents, to improve students’ awareness of self-help and helping others. Beneficiaries so far have reached nearly 500,000 people.
On July 15, Mr. Niu Gensheng won the award of “Most Caring Individual” granted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on the 6th China Charity Award Ceremony.
On May 7th, LNF donated RMB 9 million, and initiated the establishment of Western Sichuan Nature Protection Foundation to carry out biodiversity protection work in Sichuan, with other 18 organizations such as TNC, Alibaba and Tencent Charitable Foundation.
On May 4th, approved by Taxation Bureau and Finance Department of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the Association was granted non-profit tax exemption status.
On Dec 28th, LNF endowed RMB 10 million to Shanghai Jet Li One Foundation, for the establishment of “Shenzhen One Foundation” , -the first public foundation not initiated by government.
On Dec 6th, LNF participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Cancun, Mexico. During the series of events on China Day, LNF presented its environmental protection projects – first time to participate in high-class international environmental protection activity.
On July 28th, Mr. Niu donated 68,781,022 shares of China Mengniu (listed company) to Hengxin Trust. The main beneficiaries of the Trust Fund are prestigious charity organizations including LNF – First time to bring in the concept of financial management by a charitable trust.
On July 16th, LNF and TNC signed an agreement, to conduct “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Eco Zone” project. The investment is being made in partnership with the Inner Mongolia Forestry Department, China Green Carbon Foundation. The project will seek to restore and conserve 40,000 mu of lands over a 30-year period in the Heling’er region of Inner Mongolia. So far, LNF has invested RMB 175,000,000 to explore the reforestation of ecologically degraded lands from 4 aspects: climate adaptation / vegetation restoration / water management / green industry – first time to get involved in the environmental protection field.
On June 18th , LNF endowed RMB10 million to Shanghai Jet Li One Foundation, for the establishment of “Beijing Normal University One Foundation Philanthropy Research Institute”. (Later on it changed to “Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute”.)
On May 28th, Mr. Niu and LNF signed “the Share Donation Agreement”, and donated his 21,111,225 shares of the Mengniu Group to LNF. Up to this point, Mr. Niu has completely donated all of his shares from the Mengniu Goup.
On Jan 22th, the third session of the first board meeting announced the election of Li jian, Lei Yongsheng, Wu Shihong, Song Liang, Zhang Xingsheng, Zong Lina, Narentuoya to serve as members of the second Board. Wang Huaibao, Mou Jingjun, Bagenna no longer served as members of the board. Zong Lina was elected as the board director, while Lei Yongsheng as the secretary-general.
On Dec 30th, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange Association approved that HK $ 955 million revenue can be temporarily repatriated so that LNF can utilize Hong Kong's financial platform to maximize the value of assets intended for social good.
On Dec 16th, LNF donated HK$ 2 million to establish Hong Kong NPO Training Center for professionals and social entrepreneurs in the philanthropic sector - first time to focus and participate in NGO sector development.
On Dec 13th, LNF donated RMB 3.6 million to the National Hongjun Primary School Construction Project Office, to build 11 primary schools nationwide.
On July 8th, LNF donated RMB 1 million to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, to set up a "Heart Fund". The fund has rescued 222 impoverished orphans in four counties in Inner Mongolia.
On July 6th, the Association sold 54,283,792 shares of the listed company to COFCO and Hope Investments Management Co., Ltd., for about HK $ 955 million.
On Dec 16th, Mr. Niu and LNF signed another “Share donation agreement”, and donated another 16,045,770 shares of Mengniu Group to LNF – the second share donation.
On Dec 9th, LNF endowed RMB 560 million to build “Gengshen Boai Home” and “Gengshen Boai Assistance Fund” in the “5.12” earthquake-stricken area. The project directly benefited 100 orphans, elder people, and people with disabilities in Jiangyou, Sichuan, and through sending orphans back to school, elderly care, and disability rehabilitation, etc
In July, upon the approval by six state committees, the Association replaced all shares from Mengniu Group with 54,283,792 shares of China Mengniu (listed company), -meaning that the Association could get large amount of money for charitable donation at any time.
On May 30th, the official website of LNF (http://www.lnfund.net) was launched. On Feb. 5th 2010, the entire website was upgraded to http://www.lnfund.org. On Aug. 1st 2014, the website was upgraded again.
On Feb. 2nd, LNF donated RMB 8 million to the Red Cross China, earmarked for the Southern Snow Disaster Relief – It was the single largest donation that Red Cross received then.
On Dec. 4th, guided by “foundation management regulations”, Lao Niu Foundation was registered (hereinafter referred to as "LNF").
On Oct. 9th, the Association granted RMB 800,000 to Peking University Law School in the purpose of supporting the establishment of the Charity, Sports and Law Research Center – first time to focus on and promote charity legislation.
On Aug. 22nd, the Association funded RMB 510,000 to the Audiology Development Foundation of China and financed cochlear implants surgery for 10 deaf children. After that, another RMB 1 million was donated to help 10 deaf children from poor families.
On July 9th, the Association built up “Xuande Gengshen Boai Primary school” at the earthquake-stricken area of Pu’er, Yunnan, and established “Gengshen Boai Scholarships”. The scholarship used capital guaranteed investment, so the interests will continually subsidize high academic achievers and children from poor families. So 184 students received the scholarship – first time to bring in this funding method.
On June 27th, the Association partnered with the China Health & Medical Development Foundation, and donated RMB 3 million to purchase two mobile medical vehicles, for medical assistance in remote pastoral areas. By the end of 2013, the "mobile hospital" has traveled 105,000 kilometers, visited 728 times, and benefited 50,121 people. Total medical expenses equivalent to RMB 4.5259 million was saved.
On Dec. 25th, the Association and the Helinge'er
Shengle Economic Park Administrative Committee signed an agreement to help improve local cultural, sports and education infrastructure. The project amounted to RMB 115 million.
On Jan. 2nd, Mr. Niu and the Association signed a “Shares Donation Agreement” to donate his 5,348,590 shares of the Mengniu Group to the Association – It was the first share donation.
On Aug. 8th, the Association donated RMB1.125 million to support sculpture construction in Hohhot, in order to establish its "Capital of Chinese Dairy" status and enhance the reputation of Hohhot dairy industry around nation and worldwide. -This was the first public welfare spending.
On Jun. 6th, the First Membership Assembly of the Association and the “Lao Niu Special Fund” was held. The meeting passed the Charters and bylaws of the Association, management regulations of the “Lao Niu Special Fund”, and other related documents.
On Jan. 12th, Mr. Niu and the Association signed a "Donation Agreement", agreeing to donate all his shares of the Mengniu Group and 51% annual dividend to the Association
On January 1st, the first council meeting of the Association was held. The meeting decided to accept Mr. Niu’s donation and establish the “Lao Niu Special Fund”.
On December 28th, "Inner Mongolia Lao Niu Welfare Development Association" was established (hereinafter referred to as the "Association"), under the "Lao Niu Special Fund".
On December 29th, the lawyer Yuhong Yang issued a memo on the establishment of Lao Niu Corporation Development Fund,- which recorded the prototype of what later became "Inner Mongolia Lao Niu Welfare Development Association".
In June, Mr. Gensheng Niu, then President of Mengniu Group; Mr. Jun Lu, Party Secretary; Mr. Yongsheng Lei, Vice President and Board Secretary; together with Ms Yuhong Yang, Partner at Kindu Law Firm, were discussing issues related to Mengniu Group listing. During the discussion, Mr. Niu put forward a suggestion that after the company going public, he wanted to donate all his shares of Mengniu Group through legal ways to society.