In August, the third session of “Thousand People for Charity Initiative - Lao Niu Academy” themed “the internationalization, innovation and inheritance of charity organizations in the new era”, supported by our Foundation and sponsored by China Charity Alliance, was held in Beijing. 80 responsible persons and business backbones of charitable organizations from all over the world participated in this training.
After the first round of training and visiting activity, the trainees have gained a lot and put the knowledge and skills they learned from the training into working practices, bringing development and changes to themselves and their institutions. Here, we specially introduce the series of articles with the content of trainees’ notes, hoping to share the results of the training with you. This time, the sharing trainee is Yang Hailin from Yuyao Rural Commercial Bank Charity Foundation.
Yuyao Rural Commercial Bank Charity Foundation, Yang Hailin
It is a great honor to participate in the third session of “Thousand People for Charity Initiative - Lao Niu Academy”. The theme of this training is “the internationalization, innovation and inheritance of charity organizations in the new era”, which is determined by the sponsor by employing a third party to evaluate the former two sessions and conduct demand survey. The theme for August was “internationalization”, which is something we have never considered as the charity foundation of a county level enterprise. During the class, the teacher conducted on-site survey and, as it turned out, only about 10% of the charitable organizations had the intention of going “global”, which means 90% of the charitable organizations did not have plan for “internationalization”.
What is the meaning of this training for us?
First of all, the training opens a door for us and makes it possible for regional philanthropic organizations to “go out”. For instance, as a charity foundation of county level enterprise like us, our positioning is to subsidize local charity undertakings. Therefore, we seldom go out of the county. Now, Professor Zhao Kejin, Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University asked us to stand on national level and look at national diplomatic strategy and the international development of social organizations; Mr. Zhu Rui, Secretary General of China NGO Network for International Exchanges, asked us to learn about the “going out” policy and practice of Chinese social organizations. Sun-Tzu once said: “One who fails to take into account the whole country when making plans is not good enough to plan for a small area.” Standing on a higher and bigger space and time, I realized that I have deeper understanding for philanthropy.
The course delivered by Professor Zhao Kejin
Secondly, the training sets up a bridge for us and makes it possible for us to “bring in” more and better charity projects. In the past, we were only focused on looking for excellent local charity projects. Through the training, we realized that there were many mature excellent charity projects that can be introduced. In the “Fulfilling University Dream” study-aiding activity we have subsidized for four consecutive years, for instance, we only asked the subsidized college students to write letter of commitment for “passing the love” in the past. Now after the training, I learned about the activity of “Satisfactory Vacation” and got the chance to communicate deeply with the responsible person of the activity and preliminary reached the intention of cooperation in this winter vacation.
Thirdly, the training builds a network for us and allows us to make more efficient use of philanthropic resources through the network. For example, we noticed that there were many fact orphans (whose are raised by grandparents or forced to eat at different families due to the running away of their parents) when subsiding needy families. With our ability, however, we could only subsidize them to go to school, but we were not able to bring them the warmth of home. What’s more, there was also no one to take care of them during summer and winter vacations.
Fortunately, one of the classmates in this training was the Deputy Secretary General of China SOS Children’s Villages. All the issues we could not solve can be solved at the children’s villages. More importantly, the program of children’s villages is already very mature, covering 135 countries all over the world. In the 34 years in China, the program has cumulatively raised 2843 Chinese children and the adopted children have 100% enrollment rate in college entrance examination, none of them is injured or dead, and none of them is involved in criminal case or uses drugs. Furthermore, every adopted child would form at least one interest and hobby. The classmate from SOS Children’s Villages also explained in detail the process of sending orphans to children’s villages and told us that we could send qualified children there according to the procedure in the future. In this way, it can both help a batch of disadvantaged children and help to improve the utilization rate of children’s villages.
Group photo of the trainees