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China-Italy Philanthropy Forum holds High-Level Workshop in Beijing

On 20 October 2023 the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum (CIPF) held a High-Level Workshop on “Cross-cultural collaboration in people-centred philanthropy”, hosted by the National School of Development (NSD) of Peking University.

This Workshop marked the first encounter in China between European and Chinese families who are leaders in philanthropy in their respective geographies. As remarked by Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission and Honorary Co-Chairman of the CIPF, the purpose of this Workshop was to allow leaders in philanthropy to inspire each other through dialogue and the sharing of practices, and to explore innovative forms of collaborative cross-cultural charity work.

In his keynote remarks Lu Mai, former Vice Chairman of the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) and Honorary Co-Chairman of the CIPF, remarked that the role of family foundations is especially important, as they can take upon themselves the risks of innovation while sharing with society the benefits coming from their innovative projects.

Dong Zhiyong, Vice President of Peking University and Dean of its School of Economics, welcomed participants to the two sessions, dedicated to philanthropy and family legacy and to philanthropy and education. Lei Xiaoyan, Secretary of the Party Committee of the National School of Development at Peking University, remarked that as one of the steering partners of the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum, the NSD looks forward to working with all parties to fully cooperate and promote philanthropy to new heights, contributing its own strength to a better society and future.

The China-Italy Philanthropy Forum was established in March 2019 on the occasion of President Xi Jinping's State visit to Italy. Its second term (2022-2025) was launched in 2022 through the efforts of the three steering partners: the TOChina Hub at the University of Turin, the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), and the National School of Development at Peking University.

The China-Italy Philanthropy Forum aims to foster meaningful and sustainable dialogue and outcome-oriented cooperation between key players from the philanthropy sector of China, Italy and Europe, including family foundations, corporate foundations, public foundations, and corporations committed to the highest standards of corporate social responsibility.