Dear Friends,

We are very proud to start September off with an exciting announcement: the 100,000 Strong Foundation has selected an inaugural group of eight signature partners that will help us advance our important mission of enhancing the US-China strategic relationship through study abroad.

These eight distinguished organizations are:

·         Americans Promoting Study Abroad;
·         The American Association of State Colleges and Universities;
·         The Asia Society’s US-China Fellows;
·         The China Institute;
·         Teach for China;
·         The Thurgood Marshall College Fund;
·         Community Colleges for International Development; and
·         The Yale-China Association.

Each of these organizations is a leader in the field of study abroad and shares the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s goal of expanding the number and diversity of Americans who study Mandarin and study in China. These partners will be invaluable in the months and years ahead. They join our founding partners, American University’s School of International Service and Project Pengyou, the online alumni network for 100,000 Strong.

The Foundation plans to select five to 10 signature partners each year. In selecting the 2013 partners, our board of directors placed a heavy emphasis on organizations with a demonstrated commitment to the diversification of study abroad. It is so important that all our young people have access to study abroad.

This fall promises to be a busy time for 100,000 Strong. I look forward to sharing more exciting news about our work in the weeks and months ahead!

Thanks for your continued support,

Carola McGiffert
President & CEO