Dear Friends,

What an amazing trip to China I just had! Within just 10 days, the 100,000 Strong Foundation was honored as the designated charity of AmCham China at its annual American Ball in Beijing and hailed by former NBA All-Star and respected philanthropist Yao Ming at the WorldStrides Student Summit in Shanghai.

AmCham China Chairman Jim Zimmerman reiterated the organization’s support for 100K Strong at the ball, stating, “[The 100,000 Strong Foundation] reflects the growing importance of people-to-people exchange as well as the strategic significance of continuing to promote engagement and awareness of China among American youth through education.” Funds raised through the event will go to support our efforts to provide financial assistance for underserved students to study in China.

AmCham Ball and Yaoming

In Shanghai, approximately 300 U.S. and Chinese students gathered to learn from each other and start to develop friendships that could have lasting impact on their lives. Yao Ming, founder of the Yao Foundation which teaches leadership and character-building through basketball classes and camps for low-income students in China, headlined the Student Summit: “I am inspired by this large gathering of students from two countries that are very important to me—having lived, studied, and worked in both…I commend the 100,000 Strong Foundation, the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center and WorldStrides for making this incredibly important investment to strengthen the US-China relationship.”

We are delighted to have such strong and committed partners who are helping us expand our footprint in China and, as a result, expand our impact on deepening ties between American and Chinese youth. We look forward to highlighting our accomplishments – and those of our partners – at the US-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange with Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong later this month – stay tuned!


Carola McGiffert
President & CEO