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. This study shows dramatic increases in charitable giving among both Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists.
A combined analysis of Chinese and Chinese Americans allows for a focused review of related giving to similar causes, such as in higher education, health, and international giving. The combined approach also enables considerations of similar motives based on shared cultural and historical experiences as well as geographic proximity.
Through academic and applied research, the initiative also examines the philanthropic ecosystems in both the United States and Greater China. The goal of GCPI is to stimulate and facilitate constructive dialogue among philanthropists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers in both the U.S. and Greater China, and ultimately, to create awareness and foster an environment for increased giving, effective institutions to strengthen communities and improve lives.
Purpose and Mission
- Developing the role of philanthropy for the next generation of Chinese and Chinese American leaders, in both business and social sectors
- Improving U.S. – China relations through the actions and impact of philanthropists
- Advancing Chinese Americans and Chinese as positive, contributing role models in the U.S. and Greater China
- Applied social science research reports will offer comparative analyses of giving trends, emerging patterns, and sector-specific challenges.
- Philanthropist Profiles. A central component of the project is to highlight prominent philanthropists and to illustrate philanthropy in action.
- Conferences and Exchanges. Bi-lateral conferences will be held both in the United States and in Greater China.
- Focus on Chinese AND Chinese American giving. Whereas other studies may have only focused on China or the U.S., this effort will consider both. The study and complementary dissemination and outreach activities will generate deeper understanding and cooperation among cultural and regional networks.
- Findings and recommendations for action will inform reports and conferences. Recommendations will be grounded in examples of philanthropists in action as well as applied research.
- Ongoing Dialogue. The project will use study findings as a basis for outreach activities such as conferences and study tours as well as a range of publications over multiple years.