TFN International in China
It’s always busy for TFN International after the summer break and this year is no exception. We got off to a flying start this month with a series of training sessions on the TFN model in London and Shenzhen with groups of Chinese students of the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI). CGPI was founded to establish an education system to cultivate Chinese philanthropy and philanthropists.
The London training session was with students in CGPI’s Executive Management of Philanthropy programme who were in London visiting a range of charities and social enterprises. Their visit was organised by TFN’s old friend, Michael Norton who it was a pleasure to see again.
In Shenzhen the following week, I spent two days working with 24 students drawn from the Chinese voluntary sector and local government which culminated in a role-play of the first ever Chinese TFN event. I was delighted that the students agreed that we should use real money in the role play and this resulted in nearly £1,000 being raised for three excellent projects. These included a project to address the prejudice faced by families of children with autism, a small private orphanage run by one of the students and a food festival which aimed to use the irresistible medium of Chinese food to draw together a fractured community of migrants and elderly people.
One of the main take-aways from my visit is that the Chinese government welcomes the efforts of voluntary sector organisations to support the state’s provision of welfare. It also welcomes the support of philanthropists in supporting these organizations. Thank you very much to our warm and generous hosts at CGPI and particularly to Associate President Mrs. Liu Binghua with whom I am pictured in her offices in down-town Shenzhen.
We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership to introduce TFN to China.
TFN International Director