About Us

The 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission is to strengthen US-China relations through Mandarin language learning and study abroad.  The Foundation is leading a national movement to ensure that the next generation of Americans is equipped to engage effectively with China.

The 100,00 Strong Foundation engages US and Chinese government, business and academic communities in our efforts to expand the number and diversity of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China.  We invest in strategic partnerships at the state and local level, and mobilize a robust group of student ambassadors to promote the Foundation’s mission at the grassroots level. The 100,000 Strong Foundation is recognized as an organization of excellence and enjoys the strong support of U.S. and Chinese private and public sector partners. The 100,000 Strong Foundation is an offshoot of the U.S. Department of State’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” which seeks to realize President Barack Obama’s call for 100,000 Americans to study in China by the end of 2014.  The 100,000 Strong movement is a centerpiece of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), the official bilateral dialogue to discuss deepening connections between our two societies.

Launched in January 2013 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 100,000 Strong Foundation is an independent, bipartisan non-profit organization      housed at the American University in Washington, DC.  An 11-member Board of Directors governs the Foundation, which is also supported by an Advisory Council of prominent figures. The Foundation is funded through the generous donations of private sector organizations.

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Founding Supporters

Florence Fang, Founder, Florence Fang Family Foundation
Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China
Luis Ubiñas, former President of the Ford Foundation

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Signature Partners

The 100,000 Strong Foundation has selected of an inaugural group of eight signature partners that will work with the Foundation to advance our core mission of promoting the US-China strategic relationship through study abroad. Read more about each of them and the criteria for becoming a signature partner in our Signature Partners section.



Learn more about our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Foundation Staff in our Leadership section.