Last year, CPLI visited the Cass County Community Foundation and met Senator Randy Head. They introduced their work to him, and he thought they did a great job in promoting the communication of the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and China. Subsequently, Senator Head contacted CPLI and asked them to give a resolution. Senator Head has authored a resolution to present to the State Senate to honor the China Philanthropy Leadership Initiative. CPLI members will explain what they do before members of the Senate, and a resolution will be issued in their honor.
China Philanthropy Leadership Initiative (CPLI) was established in November 2011.
This group is composed of IU students with interest in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. The mission is to improve cross-cultural communication of philanthropy and promote the development of philanthropy in China, through:
- Developing a platform to engage young philanthropy practitioners and scholars
- Providing resources and perspectives for professionals and scholars
- Inspiring leaderships and practices from Chinese and American experiences
Recent events and projects:
- March 2013-CPLI worked with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and organized a panel discussion, Philanthropy Education: Global Perspectives and Chinese Experiences. They discussed nonprofit management and philanthropic studies education programs around the world. A delegation from Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus and China Foundation Center joined us in the panel.
- September 2013-with the help of Dr. Marty Sulek, CPLI visited Winchester and the Community Foundation of Randolph County.
- October 2013-with the support of Ms. Deanna Crispen, the president of the Cass County Community Foundation, they visited the Cass County Community Foundation in Longansport and met foundation’s board members, Mayor Ted Franklin, and Milton Cole, the CEO of Cole Hardwoods.
- November 2013-visited Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, volunteered for their Burmese Tutoring Program, and had a discussion about the tenets, mission, and programs of the foundation.
- January 2014-collaborated with PSS, PASA, and SPEA Alumni Association and organized a panel discussion Nonprofit & Government, which attracted more than 70 people
- February 2014-collaborated with SPEA, PASA, and Public in Review and organized 2014 SPEA Chinese New Year Celebration.
In addition, they have hosted over 10 seminars around the topics of China, philanthropy and civil society and invited guest speakers from the International Center, Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, RESULTS Global Grassroots Associate, and Sister Cities of Louisville.
Recently, we work with Chinese Nonprofit Study Association and launched a translation project. Funded by Philanthropy Weekly in China, they will introduce thought-provoking articles in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and other American mainstream newspapers/magazines to China. The purpose of this project is to help Chinese practitioners understand American philanthropy and become inspired by great ideas and practices in other countries.
Current Executive Team:
Xiaoyun (Julia) Wang,co-president, PhD student of philanthropic studies at LFSOP
Min Qi, co-president, MPA student at IUPUI SPEA
Fengxiu Zhang, MPA student at IUPUI SPEA
Matthew Pope, MPA student at IUPUI SPEA
Daniel Cheng, PhD student of public policy at SPEA (Bloomington) note: he used to be a master student of philanthropic studies at LFSOP
Lijun He, PhD student of philanthropic studies at LFSOP