A recent Powered by GeneroCity retreat at Mayacamas Ranch proved to be an amazing experience for everyone present. The retreat was called “Next Generation Philanthropy” because of an emerging generation of philanthropists in China who are eager to learn about effective giving. John Nelson, Managing Partner of Wall Street Without Walls and Founding Partner of GeneroCity, recognized this desire in many of these budding philanthropists.
Working with GeneroCity Partners and Guangdong 21st Century Media, Nelson created a philanthropic retreat that ran from November 13th to November 18th at Mayacamas. The Chinese Philanthropist retreat also dovetailed nicely with a partner retreat hosted by RISE. The two gatherings were happening simultaneously, but came together for specific programs. Thanks to additional support from groups like Social Venture Network, Nelson was able to organize a phenomenal event.
Among the change makers who addressed the two conferences were James Gordon, M.D. (GeneroCity Hero), founder of the Center for Mind Body Medicine; Psychologist and family business consultant Dennis Jaffee, Ph.D.; Founder of the Tides Center and Tides Foundation, Drummond Pike.
Organized by the Chinese multi-media company, 21st Century Media Group, the gathering included second generation Chinese philanthropists and Chinese philanthropic research leaders along with 21st Century Media which, with GeneroCity, is committed to an ongoing exchange between both countries and to documenting the exchanges by leveraging the media resources of both organizations.
Nelson also attended the 21st Century Week in Beijiing in early December where a video summary of the earlier Mayacamas retreat was shown. He also facilitated a panel on social innovation and spoke to students and faculty at Peking University.
The Chinese delegation completed its week in the Bay Area with two special luncheons and discussions with social enterprise leaders and impact investors at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society.
We are very proud to be part of nurturing a new generation of Philanthropists in Asia.