About Us

The 100,000 Strong Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization launched in January 2013 to strengthen US-China relations through educational exchange and the study of Mandarin language. Specifically, the Foundation leads a national movement to increase the number and diversity of Americans studying in China. Our goal is to ensure that the next generation of Americans is equipped to engage effectively with China, a major global power and our fastest growing trade partner.

The 100,000 Strong Foundation enjoys high-level political support from both Washington and Beijing, as well as from a bipartisan group of governors and Members of Congress. 100,000 Strong is uniquely positioned at the crucial intersection of foreign policy and politics. By simultaneously engaging prominent stakeholders and American students, the Foundation seeks to shape a more constructive future for US-China relations.

Specifically, the Foundation focuses on the following four areas:

  • LEVERAGE support from the government, business, academic, and philanthropic communities in both countries to deepen bilateral ties.
  • EDUCATE the American public about the strategic importance of the US-China relationship
  • DRIVE a national grassroots movement to generate greater demand for study abroad in China among a diverse group of students–our future workforce
  • FUND opportunities for American students to study in China and collaborate with Chinese counterparts on joint projects


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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.