Woman named China’s top donor

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By ZHU WENQIAN zhuwen­qian@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

A woman for the first time has topped a list of the 100 big­gest in­di­vid­ual donors in China, ac­cord­ing to the China Phi­lan­thropy Re­search In­sti­tute at Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity.

He Qiaonyu, founder and chair­man of Bei­jing Ori­ent Land­scape, headed the list based on giv­ing last year. The list was started in 2011.

She also be­came the first fe­male phi­lan­thropist to do­nate over 1 bil­lion yuan ($154 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

She has pledged to do­nate 76.3 mil­lion shares of her in­di­vid­u­ally held stocks worth 2.93 bil­lion yuan. She would sell the stocks first, then do­nate the cash. The do­na­tion would go into pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and help­ing pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of pub­lic ser­vices in China, as well as sup­port­ing some in­ter­na­tional projects.

In Novem­ber He, to­gether with Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates, co-founded China’s first ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tute ded­i­cated solely to char­ity sec­tor education. The Shen­zhen-based in­sti­tute aims to foster the de­vel­op­ment of phi­lan­thropy man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als in China.

The se­cond-largest donor on the list was Chen Yi­dan, founder of Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd, the gi­ant on­line news and ser­vices por­tal. He con­trib­uted 2 bil­lion yuan to set up Wuhan Col­lege in Hubei prov­ince.

The third was Li He­jun, chair­man of Han­ergy Hold­ings, who do­nated 1 bil­lion yuan for de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion con­trol projects.

Wang Jian­lin, pres­i­dent of Dalian Wanda Group, was ranked No 5 on the list, af­ter he do­nated 360 mil­lion yuan for pub­lic wel­fare un­der­tak­ings in China. Jack Ma, founder of e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd, do­nated 235 mil­lion yuan to his alma m a t e r , Hangzhou Nor­mal Univer­sity.

The top 100 do­na­tions came in at a to­tal of 12.8 bil­lion yuan. Nearly half went to higher education, since many do­na­tors en­dowed their alma maters. En­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion also was a big win­ner at 1.1 bil­lion yuan.

Wang Zhenyao, pro­fes­sor of pub­lic wel­fare re­search and dean of the China Phi­lan­thropy Re­search In­sti­tute, said: “Last year was a turn­ing point for phi­lan­thropy in China. De­spite a slow­ing Chi­nese econ­omy, do­na­tions were higher, and we can see that char­ity has be­gun to be deeply rooted in Chi­nese peo­ple.”

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