The Badi Foundation is a non-governmental development organization dedicated to releasing the potential of individuals and institutions in China to advance their own communities. We facilitate the establishment of community-based organizations and strengthen their institutional capacity to work with local governments and communities to design and implement education and training programs that release the potential of women and youth living in China’s rural areas. The foundation also operates the School of the Nations, an internationally oriented school in Macau S.A.R. that seeks to foster the intellectual and moral development of its students in an integrated manner, while developing their commitment to service to the broader community.
The Badi Foundation was established in Macau in 1990, where it is registered as a non-profit charitable organization. The foundation established a representative office in Beijing, registered under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in 1997. In our efforts to contribute to China’s balanced development, we work with Chinese government agencies—such as the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and provincial and local Poverty Alleviation Bureaus, Education Bureaus and Women’s Federations—as well as Chinese NGOs, including the China Charity Federation and China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO).
A delegation including 13 teachers and 7 students from Jinhong Middle School in Lijiang, Yunnan Province and the Director of the Lijiang Suolu Junior Youth English Training Centre visited the School of the Nations in Macau S.A.R. from January 27-30, 2015. During the visit, the delegation along with staff of the School of the Nations and Badi Foundation participated in classes and other activities at School of the Nations, studied and discussed the implications of concepts such as viewing students “as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value” and that “education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom,” reflected on the importance of encouragement and recognizing the potential that students possess and shared experiences of students engaging in service to the community in both Lijiang and Macau. Read more.
On December 17-18, 2014 in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, Badi Foundation Senior Director of Operations, Mr. Zhou Peng, facilitated the second phase of an “Institutional Management” training for 35 non-profit organizations from China’s Northwestern region. The training was held in collaboration with the China Association of NGO Cooperation (“CANGO”), and assisted participants to reflect deeply on their experiences following the first part of the training.
On December 12, 2014, Badi Foundation was invited by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development to participate in a 2015 International Dialogue on Poverty Alleviation and Development event. State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development Director, Mr. Liu Yongfu, recognized and expressed gratitude and support for the international non-profit organizations and business entities carrying out poverty alleviation work in China,
On December 9th, 2014, Mr. Zhou Peng, the Senior Director of Operations for the Badi Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office was invited to give a presentation at a national convention for private foundations hosted by the China Foundation Center (“CFC”). The CFC invited representatives from approximately 50 private foundations and companies to attend the convention.
On November 28, 2014, Badi Foundation and the NGO Research Institute at Tsinghua University jointly hosted the third roundtable meeting associated with the “Social Action and Development” discourse project initiated by the two agencies earlier in the year. The theme of this roundtable meeting was “Exploring the Concept of Capacity-Building”.
On November 19, 2014, Badi Foundation’s Senior Director of Operations, Mr. Zhou Peng, shared a presentation on “the importance of having a strong mission and vision” as part of a course for Executive Directors of non-profit foundations hosted by the Foundation Training Center.
On September 23, 2014, Badi Foundation was invited to attend the China Charity Federation’s 20th Anniversary commemorative event. At this event, the China Charity Federation awarded special recognition and commendation to all individuals, federated units, organizations and projects nationwide that made an outstanding contribution to the China Charity Federation system since 2009.
From September 19-20, 2014, Badi Foundation participated in the Third China Charity Fair in Shenzhen, hosted for the third time by the Ministry of Civil Affairs together with other relevant government agencies. This was Badi Foundation’s second time to participate in the event. Through participation in the exhibition, the Badi Foundation primarily shared with other participants the results of the Foundation’s Institutional Capacity Building Program, as well as its years of experience carrying out dialogue and collaboration activities with agencies in government and civil society.
The Badi Foundation Beijing Representative Office and the Tsinghua University NGO Research Institute hosted the second in a series of four roundtable meetings associated with the “Social Action and Development” discourse project on July 4th at the NGO Research Institute’s offices at Tsinghua University. The theme of the roundtable focused primarily on issues related to capacity-building projects of NGOs in mainland China, and included discussion of questions such as how to build capacity in local NGOs and how to assign meaning to the terms “capacity-building” and “capacity”? Read more.
Badi Foundation hosted a seminar in Lijiang, Yunnan province from July 8-14 aimed at strengthening financial management and fund development capacity in community-based organizations (“CBOs”) operating at the grassroots. 14 participants representing eight CBOs from Yunnan, Guangxi and Hebei provinces as well as the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region attended the seven-day seminar, along with Badi staff members.
Participants at the seminar studied materials and shared experiences concerning the management and development of financial resources. Seminar content included study and discussion of financial issues at a conceptual level, including the role of financial resources in social organizations, the importance of financial integrity and transparency and the challenges associated with developing collaborative relationships with donors agencies. Participants discussed the importance and challenges of maintaining proper financial systems, and shared experiences with developing funds from individual and institutional donors in the wider community.
In addition to enhancing understanding of concepts, Ms. Hu Chun and Ms. Huang Yumei of Enyou provided an in-depth training to participants aimed at helping them adopt a financial management package designed by Enyou especially for collaborating Badi CBOs. Training topics included management of cash and receipts, maintaining proper accounting records, reimbursement procedures and tax-related issues, and also including discussion of policies and procedures for applying for grants from the China Charity Federation-Badi Community Development Fund and the Badi Foundation Macau Headquarters Office.
Finally, seminar participants were very grateful to receive a special visit from Mr. Zhang Xinguo and Ms. Zhang Xin of the China Charity Federation. Mr. Zhang addressed the participants and encouraged them to strengthen capacity in their organizations to contribute to social development at the grassroots and enhance the development of NGOs and civil society in China. Participants were very encouraged by Mr. Zhang’s comments and by the support they have received via the China Charity Federation-Badi Community Development Fund.