Global Women — Partners in Philanthropy will assist women around the world to work together and become effective philanthropists in their own communities utilizing the successful model of collective giving developed by the Washington Women's Foundation in Seattle. Collective giving enables women from all levels of wealth to pool their own funds, learn about community needs and jointly make grant decisions that can help bring about social change. It’s an empowering and enduring way to grow local philanthropy.
China was selected as the location for a global launch for the following reasons:
1. The philanthropic potential in China is significant given the dramatic increase in wealth since the institution of the
Reform and Opening of 1978.
2. Women have achieved newly earned wealth during the same period and are now in positions of leadership and influence.
3. A culture of giving, which can be traced to at least the Ming Dynasty, is now re-emerging as evidenced by the broad response to the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
4. China does not currently have the legal and policy framework in place to encourage philanthropy, and those who want to pursue it do not have access to the array of opportunities and systems for individual grant making that are available in countries with more developed philanthropic institutions.
Rural school, Anhui Province, China