“As the Ginkgo Fellow Program grew into the Ginkgo Foundation, the Narada Foundation earned its reputation as a “Wise” and “Broad-Minded” organization in the nonprofit sector. “Wise,” as the Narada Foundation has had great success in finding the best young talent in the philanthropic sector in China with only a relatively small investment, proving the quality of its investment perspective. “Broad-minded,” as, once the Narada Foundation realized that the great potential of the Ginkgo Fellow Program could not be fully realized within the small confines of its own organization, it decided to let it fly free on its own.
The establishment of the Ginkgo Foundation shows how a brand owned by a single nonprofit organization was turned into a property shared and nurtured by the entire philanthropic sector. This transition is at its very beginning, and more hard work is needed. Meanwhile, the Ginkgo Fellows also changed their role from beneficiary to contributor. They have become a self-organized group hoping to become practitioners of civil society. I hope they can keep learning and growing to meet society’s expectations and take on great responsibilities in the future.”
Honorary President：Yongguang Xu
“As if in a blink of an eye, the Ginkgo Fellow Program has run for six years. During this time, the philanthropic landscape has changed profoundly, seeing a large number of NGOs appear and quickly grow into a new force for social development in China. Overseas, especially in European countries and the US, a number of social innovations have emerged, such as B enterprises, patient capital and venture philanthropy, which have blurred the boundary between the second (business) and the third (nonprofit) sector, as well as introduced new ways to optimize the allocation of philanthropic resources through competition.
The Ginkgo Fellow Program has received a great deal of positive reviews nationwide in the past six years. However, it will require great effort on our part to keep up with the changing world and maintain its position as a leading force in the sector for the next six, or even sixteen years. As a newly established foundation, we must have a clear and strategic vision, incorporate more young social entrepreneurs, further activate the learning circle, and build a platform to help young philanthropic leaders make a broader social impact, in order to promote social changes and social innovation in this era of transformation.”