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Philanthropy, in its most general description, is defined as the desire to help or improve the life of others. Fortunately, there are many examples of generous philanthropists around the world who share their wealth with those less fortunate. In 2014, Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai, co-founders of Alibaba, created charitable trusts and seeded them with a combined $50 million in share options. Two years later, those trusts are worth approximately $3.5 billion.
Although Ma and Tsai are not the first to donate a large sum of money in China, it is apparent that the world is lacking Chinese philanthropists relative to the wealth that is present in China. The Giving Pledge is a commitment made by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. The pledge has been signed by 122 billionaires around the world, yet not a single signee is Chinese. This is surprising for a nation that has 358 billionaires— equal to one-fifth of all billionaires in the world.
Some questions we would be looking to answer through this forum are:
• Who are some of the biggest Chinese philanthropists and • Where are they putting their money?
• What percentage of donations addresses social versus environmental issues?
• Are there cultural factors that discourage philanthropy in China?
• Are there any policies or transparency issues that limit philanthropy?
• What are some obstacles for those who intend to engage in philanthropy?
• What the primary concerns and issues faced by the donor community and regular individuals who want to make a difference?
Note: There will be an entrance fee of ¥30 for all registered guests, that includes juice and beer. ¥50 for non-registered guests. Free entrance for students and interns, with PRIOR REGISTRATION (else ¥30).
18.30 – 19.15: Registration and networking
19.15 – 20.00: Speaker Presentations
20.00 – 20.30: Q&A session open to the audience
20:30 – 21:00: Drinks and networking
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