The 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission is to expand and diversify the number of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China. The goal is to bridge the gap between cultures, strengthen the US-China economic and strategic relationship, and enhance global stability.
The 100,000 Strong Foundation was established in September 2012 to help answer President Barack Obama’s call to deepen Americans’ understanding of China through study abroad. Over the past decade, China has become the second-largest economy in the world and the United States’ fastest-growing trade partner, as well as a regional strategic power with global reach. Put simply, there is no more consequential relationship than that between the United States and China. It is the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission to promote the expansion and diversification of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China. The goal is to bridge the gap between cultures, build stronger US-China ties, strengthen the bilateral economic and strategic relationship and enhance global stability.The foundation was born out of a US State Department Initiative of a similar name – the 100,000 Strong Initiative – which was first announced by President Barack Obama in 2009. Secretary Hillary Clinton launched the initiative in 2010. The effort has been backed by the Chinese government, which is offering 20,000 scholarships for Americans to study in China in support of the Initiative.
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|Florence Fang, Founder, Florence Fang Family Foundation|
|Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China|
|Luis Ubiñas, former President of the Ford Foundation|
Learn more about our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Foundation Staff in our Leadership section.
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.
|Alticor Inc.||Corning||Deloitte||Goldman Sachs Foundation|
|Microsoft||Roche Family Foundation||Li Ka Shing Foundation||Bank of China|