The half day forum in Hong Kong will explore contemporary philanthropy in China, bringing together philanthropists, scholars, experts, and foundation representatives to discuss the current practices of giving plus the future of philanthropy.
The event will begin with a keynote dialogue between Morningside Foundation founders Ronnie C. and Gerald Chan, who made a sizeable USD$350 million gift to the Harvard School of Public Health in 2014. Along with the goals of the foundation, the brothers will speak about the complicated nature of donating to mainland Chinese organizations.
A presentation of the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI) study follows the keynote dialogue. Attendees will learn about the giving patterns of Chinese and Chinese Americans as seen through their motivations and societal impact. Through academic and applied research, the initiative also examines the philanthropic ecosystems in both the U.S. and Greater China.
Directly after, two panels will focus on the present and the future of philanthropy in Greater China and those of Chinese descent. Panel I will compare Chinese and Chinese American notions and practices. Panelists will also consider the impact and motivation of Chinese and Chinese-American benefactors, and how they can strengthen their philanthropy through knowledge transfer and the exchange of best practices. Panel II will investigate how next generation philanthropists differ from their predecessors, their impact on the philanthropic environment and common challenges and opportunities for both philanthropists and recipients of their largesse.