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.
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.
From June 25-27th, Badi Foundation Senior Director of Operations, Mr. Zhou Peng, was invited by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) to facilitate a training in Xining City, Qinghai Province, for 35 social organizations from four provinces, including Gansu, Ningxia, Sha’anxi and Qinghai. This training was a sub-project of CANGO’s program for social organization management, which aims to strengthen institutional capacity in social organizations and promote development of local communities through providing training to non-profit organizations to enhance internal management systems and practices. Organizations participating in the training operate in a variety of fields, such as social services, minority cultural preservation, volunteer services, poverty alleviation, elder care and autistic child services. During the three days of the training, the Foundation and participating organizations studied and discussed content related to construction of a conceptual framework for social organizations, project implementation, human resource management and financial management. The participatory methodology used in the training emphasized the importance of organizations sharing different experiences with and supporting each other, with the hope of contribution to the generation and application of new knowledge concerning the management of social organizations. During feedback provided following the training, the majority of participating organizations indicated that they greatly benefited from the training, especially from the sections related to the management of human resources and the development of a vision and mission on the basis of an organization’s conceptual framework, and would use the knowledge gained to improve their work in the future. Following the training, the organizations formed five regional support groups and created action plans, including a plan to meet again in three months to follow up on the progress of the action plans and support each other through sharing of experience and dialogue and contribute to the sustainable development of social organizations in China’s Northwest region.
On May 20th, the Badi Foundation was invited to give a presentation at the “Civil Society in China and Perspectives of International NGOs” session of a conference held in Beijing by the Global Social Investing Council of The Conference Board. Badi Foundation Chief Representative Shareen Farhad presented on the topic of “Advancing Balanced Development through Social Action” on a panel including presenters from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Mercy Corps, CreditEase and China Development Brief. The panelists made presentations to, and engaged in dialogue and discussion with, a distinguished group of more than 20 individuals from the corporate social responsibility departments of various multi-national corporations, as well as relevant researchers and individuals engaged in the field of civil society in China on nurturing understanding and collaboration among NGOs and business entities. The Global Social Investing Council advances the practice of cross-border corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy. The Council engages in continuous dialogue on latest trends and issues to develop inspiring practices in the field. Its members seek to learn from thought leaders, subject-matter experts and from each other regarding corporate social investing.
On April 10, 2014, Badi Foundation Senior Director of Operations, Mr. Zhou Peng, attended and presented a talk at the China Association for NGO Cooperation’s (“CANGO”) “Social Organization Professionalization” Kickoff Meeting. About 40 representatives from organizations in Sha’anxi, Gansu, Ningxia and other regions shared concepts and principles related to building institutional capacity in non-profit organizations. This is the fourth project initiated by CANGO since 2012 aimed at strengthening institutional capacity in non-profit organizations. CANGO Executive Director Mr. Huang Haoming, Ministry of Civil Affairs NGO Management Bureau Director Mr. Han Tao, and Sha’anxi Province Civil Affairs Bureau NGO Management Bureau Vice-Director Liu Weiping all attended the meeting.
On March 26, 2014, the Badi Foundation and the Tsinghua University NGO Research Institute co-hosted the first roundtable meeting associated with the joint “Social Action and Development” project organized by the two institutions. This project, which is being implemented under the auspices of the strategic collaboration framework agreement signed by the two organizations last year, aims to bring together diverse governmental, international, academic, business and international and Chinese non-profit organizations operating in the field of civil society in China for exchange and dialogue, as well as to advance mutual understanding and collaboration.
The theme of the first roundtable was “Advancing Balanced Material and Spiritual Development”. Participants included seventeen representatives from the China Association for NGO Cooperation, China Development Brief, the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, the United Nations Development Program, the Leader Training Center of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, the Yingjiang County “Yingxin” Community Development Center in Yunnan Province, and the Dingbian County “Yujun” Service Center in Sha’anxi Province, eLong, Inc., the Tsinghua University NGO Research Institute and the Badi Foundation. Participants all engaged in dialogue around the themes of advancing material and spiritual development, influencing policy and collaborating with government agencies. Participants expressed their enthusiasm for the “salon-style” discussion. Going forward, the Badi Foundation hopes to summarize the learning and reflection of participants and share it with a broader audience of participants in the field of civil society in China. We also hope to invite participation from a broader group of organizations to contribute to an ongoing discourse on the development of civil society in China.
In March of 2014, six individuals established new program groups in five provinces, including Gansu, Qinghai, Hunan, Guangxi and Hebei. All of the program groups are focused on strengthening capacity in local rural women to advance the balanced development of their communities. This development has expanded the number of program groups/community-based organizations collaborating with the Badi Foundation under the auspices of the Institutional Capacity Building Program to 33 operating in 13 provinces of mainland China. Starting in November of 2013, these individuals – who had previously participated in activities organized by the Foundation – began an intensive internship with a grassroots community-based organizations in Lijiang City and Yingjiang County in Yunnan province. Three months later, Badi Foundation authorized them to implement the Environmental Action Program in their local communities and accompanied them to establish independent program groups aimed both at strengthening various capabilities as well as contributing to the balanced material and spiritual development of their local communities.
On March 11, 2014, Ms. Shareen Farhad, the Chief Representative of the Badi Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office gave a presentation on “Building Capacity in Rural Women to Advance Community Development” at the China Office of UN Women. A variety of organizations attended the meeting, including representatives from UN Women, UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the Embassy of the United States of America in Beijing, the Ford Foundation, as well as various other multi-lateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations. During the presentation, Ms. Farhad primarily summarized insights from the Badi Foundation’s experience strengthening capacity in rural women in China to advance the balanced material and spiritual development of their local communities through implementation of its Environmental Action Program over the past seventeen years. As international poverty alleviation strategies and the Chinese government’s framework for rural poverty alleviation emphasize the importance of strengthening self-development capacity in rural populations, it is hoped that some of the Badi Foundation’s experience and insights will make a contribution, however modest, to the questions and ongoing challenges concerning how to strengthen self-development capacity in rural populations. After the presentation, representatives from the various participating organizations engaged in dialogue on how to strengthen capacity in rural populations to bring about balanced development.
From November 4-7, 2013, the Badi Foundation Beijing Representative Office participated in the “Conference on International Exchange of Professionals” hosted in Shenzhen by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) and the Shenzhen municipal government. Approved by the State Council and hosted by SAFEA since 2001, the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals is currently the only conference aimed at promoting open dialogue and exchange among foreign expert organizations, training organizations and foreign professionals. As an organization licensed by SAFEA to invite foreign experts, each year the Badi Foundation participates in the conference and shares experience and results of its efforts in the field of poverty alleviation and development in China. The Foundation not only brings international development experience to the field of poverty alleviation and development, but also strives to emphasize the importance of learning to raise local human resources to contribute to sustainable, community-based development.