Grantmakers without borders – Gw/oB launches China Initiative

Grantmakers Without Borders (Gw/oB) is formally launching a China Initiative with the publication of a new e-newsletter, China Philanthropy News.

This follows a series of daylong workshops, convened by Gw/oB and held last November, in San Francisco, New York and Chicago, on the philanthropic landscape in China. The response to these conferences was overwhelmingly positive, with participants encouraging Gw/oB to continue serving as a resource for foundations and individual donors interested in philanthropic engagement in China.

A grant from a supportive Gw/oB member has made this possible and the organization has also created a paid China Internship to help move the Initiative forward. Several activities are planned for the immediate future:

China Philanthropy News will be published twice monthly. It will feature news from the field, resources, event listings and other information of interest to China grantmakers. Each edition will also feature a profile of a China grantmaker, providing valuable insights into this challenging philanthropic arena from experienced practitioners.

Gw/oB’s website will begin featuring expanded China coverage, with additional information and resources not contained in China Philanthropy News.

Gw/oB will soon announce the launch of several China Giving Circles, in partnership with the Clarence Foundation. The partnership will gather groups of donors to learn about China and pool financial and human resources to make grants in the country. It is anticipated that China giving circles in Chicago and San Francisco will begin this year.

For more information
about Gw/oB’s China Initiative or to subscribe to China Philanthropy News, contact John Harvey at

Grantmakers Without Borders
Executive Director: John Harvey
T +1 617 794-2253

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