The Foundation Center, a leading US-based information provider of non-profit and philanthropy topics, has released Chinese translations of 31 of its GrantCraft publications through a partnership with the China Foundation Center. Since the GrantCraft project was launched in 2001, its collection of resources has been widely read by both funders and grantees in the US. Addressing issues like funder collaborations, program related investments, and working with intermediaries, the publications serve as useful guides on grantmaking best practices.
While the Foundation Center will soon provide these in several languages as well, it is a particularly necessary resource in China, where the non-profit sector is still in its formative years. For example, Beijing-based China Foundation Center (an entirely separate entity from the Foundation Center) was launched in just 2010 as an effort between different foundations there to promote the sector’s development. It was the first of its kind in that country. This partnership between the two will bring a wealth of resources scarcely available to Chinese donors and grantees before.
Given the quick spread of non-profits and private wealth in China, access to this information can have great impacts on the course of philanthropy there for years to come. We look forward to seeing more exciting developments from this region soon – and we know we’re just one of many with an eye on the growth of Chinese philanthropy.