BSR’s three-year CiYuan (China Philanthropy Incubator) initiative builds innovative cross-sector partnerships to enhance the value of social investment in China. With guidance from international and Chinese leaders in the field, CiYuan improves the capacity of local foundations and NGOs to serve as durable and effective partners with business. Ultimately, CiYuan will integrate philanthropy with core business strategy, foster collaboration, and inspire innovation.


Case Studies

Corporate-NGO Partnership Case Studies

Foundation Development Case Studies

General and Strategy

Corporate-NGO Partnership Development

The Corporate-NGO Partnership Development Initiative enhances the ability of companies and NGOs to partner for mutual benefit by facilitating cross-sector collaboration. The resulting experiences and lessons learned will be used to create tools and provide training to raise the quality of philanthropic endeavors in China. An award will promote innovation and best practice by recognizing and encouraging outstanding partnership.

The Conference of "Localization in China"

Corporate NGO Award

IINP (Innovation Initiative for Non-profit)
  • Foundation and NGO Collaboration in China: Barriers and Innovations: Download, Chinese
IINP Award
Foundation NGO Roundtable

Corporate-NGO Partnerships in the Supply Chain, November 29, 2011

Designing a Signature Philanthropy Program, September 14, 2009

Rountables on Applying Corporate Solutions to Social and Environmental Issues

Foundation Development

CiYuan’s Foundation Development Initiative convenes roundtables and guides demonstration projects to tackle the challenges faced by corporate and private foundations in China. To enhance social impact, the initiative partners with the China Foundation Development Centre and others to foster new thinking and create tools to enhance foundations’ capacity in the areas of governance, strategy, operations, and grant-making.

  • Organization Value Proposation & Strategy Planning Become the Urgent Need for Foundation Development: Download, Chinese
  • Foundation Handbook Evaluations Report: Download, Chinese
  • Foundation-NGO Collaboration and Innovation in China, China Foundation Development Handbook: Download, Chinese
  • Private Foundations in the USA (at SEE roundtable, September 15, 2009): Download, English

Corporate Foundation Roundtable

Foundation Development Roundtables with Cisco

Foundation Operations and Challenges, January 15, 2010
Scoping and Identifying Grantees , April 29, 2010
Confirming and Monitoring Grantees, July 22, 2010
Measuring Grantees' Impact, October 15, 2010

NGO Transparency

With a focus on financial and impact disclosure, CiYuan’s NGO Transparency Initiative advances a voluntary disclosure standard and tools for NGOs to strengthen public trust in the sector. With strong support from the government, the uptake of disclosures will improve the profile of NGOs, bolster their fundraising potential, and create partnership opportunities with the private sector. The incorporation of disclosures into expanding online giving platforms will provide additional incentives for NGO transparency.