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Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in China, we have identified:

You may also want to reference our Global Grantmaking Resources to understand the basics of global grantmaking or learn more about specific regulatory or compliance issues.

This resource page is regularly updated. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Brian Kastner.

Philanthropy Networks in China

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China Development Brief

CDB aims to promote the sharing and exchange of development ideas, knowledge, experiences, and approaches; enhance the opportunities for grassroots NGOs to spread their voice; and drive resource matching for NGOs in terms of funding, talent, and capacity.

Chen Yimel, Executive Director

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China Foundation Center

Leading source of Chinese philanthropic foundation information for shareholders in the social sector. 

Tao Ze, Vice President


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A unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high-impact social investment community across Asia.

Kevin Teo, COO


Legal Contacts

Shawn Shieh

Professor Jin Jinping

Professor Mark Sidel

Key U.S. Foundations with Local Offices

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
1901 Tower B, Ping An International Financial Center
No. 1-3 Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District 
Beijing, 100027, China
Phone: (+86) 10-8454-7500

Ford Foundation
International Club Office Building
Suite 501
Jianguomenwai Dajie No. 21
Beijing, China 100020
Phone: (+86) 10-8532-7199

The Asia Foundation
Suite 1905, Building No. 1 
Henderson Center 
18 Jianguomennei Avenue 
Beijing, China 100005
Phone: (+86) 10-6518-3868&

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
BEIJING Room 607, Jin’Ao International Office Building
No. 17 East Madian Road
Beijing, China 100088
Phone: + 86 (10) 8565.6518

Local Community Foundations in China

National Regulations to Note

The 2016 Foreign NGO law impacts all US foundations working in China. For more information:

  • Philanthropy Law in China - a webinar hosted by the Council on Foundations and ICNL covering the 2016 law, includes a recording and resources
  • China Philanthropy Law Report - information on national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy by ICNL
  • China NGO Project - a community-driven platform from ChinaFile that provides practical information and analysis on the situation of NGOs working in China




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Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in Mexico, we have identified: local nonprofit and philanthropic networks; key local legal contacts; U.S. foundations with local offices; local community foundations; and national regulations to note.

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