Non-profit

Enlight Foundation

Location:

PALO ALTO, CA

Tax ID:

20-1063909

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)-PF

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $6,046,371
Expenses: $4,537,540
Assets: $80,545,252

Formation:

2004

President:

Xin Liu

The Enlight Foundation is a private grant making institution founded by Chinese billionaire Yongping Duan, known as the “Godfather” of the Chinese smartphone industry. [1] Duan earned the nickname of the “Chinese Buffett” after spending over $600,000 to have lunch with Warren Buffett. [2] The Enlight Foundation funds organizations with a left-of-center agenda like the Voter Participation Center, [3] Solutions Journalism Network,[4] and Global Savvy. [5]

Duan’s spouse Xin Liu runs Enlight, who directs donations from her photo-journalism experiences[6] with inequality in education, and an interest in driving youth as social change agents. [7]

Funding Agenda

The Enlight Foundation invests millions of dollars in educational groups ranging from kindergarten through college. [8]

Enlight gave $3 million to the Presidio Graduate School. [9] The New York Times recommended Presidio as the best business school to learn how to change the world. Some of its graduates have created environmentalist energy companies, manufacturing wind turbines and electric cars. The University of California ranked Presidio number one in social impact and number two in environmental sustainability. [10]

Another recipient is the Solutions Journalism Network, an educational institution instructing journalism students to report in such a way as to guide readers toward generally left-leaning so-called “solutions” to social problems. [11] Journalists are trained not to limit their reporting to the problem, but also to provide an “evidence-based response”[12] focused on “curing” social problems,[13] like refugee and immigration issues. [14]

Enlight funds Catalyst, which educates high schoolers and teachers on left-of-center issues like the negative impacts of the war on drugs on minority communities. [15]

Enlight donated a million dollars to Global Savvy to foster its efforts towards educating K-12 students. It claims a person’s culture and history is the basis for relationships and that diversity should be celebrated and elevated in the educational system. Global Savvy focuses its curriculum on issues like migration, poverty, climate change, war, recycling, and diversity. [16]

A sample lesson promoted the idea that a Chinese vegetable-based diet fostered longevity better than the American diet; another proposed that access to water is contingent upon race and wealth. [17] Global Savvy was founded by Dana Mortenson who was inspired to educate students while at Columbia University after witnessing post 9/11 xenophobia in New York City. It seeks to work with 10,000 middle and high schools in diverse settings with a goal of reaching 5 million students. [18]

Enlight supports the left-of-center Voter Participation Center, a voting registration group that drives Democrat voting activity. [19]

Leadership

Yongping Duan founded the Enlight Foundation in 2004. His net worth is estimated to be $1.5 billion. [20]

References

  1. Tao, Li. “Meet the ‘Godfather’ of China’s Smartphone Industry.” Yahoo! News. Yahoo!, February 3, 2019. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/meet-godfather-china-smartphone-industry-220254420.html. ^
  2. “Under the Radar |.” Week In China, June 15, 2018. https://www.weekinchina.com/2018/05/under-the-radar-2/. ^
  3. “Voter Participation Center.” Voter Participation Center. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/voter-participation-center/. ^
  4. “Hassler Selected to Participate in Solutions Journalism Academy.” Hassler selected to participate in solutions journalism academy | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/journalism/7951/45388. ^
  5. “Dana Mortenson, CEO of World Savvy.” PBS. Public Broadcasting Service. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/brief/250060/dana-mortenson. ^
  6. “Xin Liu.” Stanford PACS. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://pacscenter.stanford.edu/person/xin-liu/. ^
  7. Ochs, Alyssa. “Who’s Behind the Enlight Foundation and What Does It Fund?” Inside Philanthropy. Inside Philanthropy, February 13, 2020. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2020/2/13/whos-behind-the-enlight-foundation-and-what-does-it-fund. ^
  8. A 990-PF: Enlight Foundation, Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2015,6,7,8, Part XV Line 3 ^
  9. “PGS – Enlight Foundation Provides $3M Gift to Presidio Graduate School.” PRESIDIO, November 19, 2015. https://www.presidio.edu/enlight-test-foundation-provides-3m-gift-to-presidio-graduate-school-largest-in-schools-history/. ^
  10. Mcdonald, Duff. “M.B.A. Programs That Get You Where You Want to Go.” The New York Times. The New York Times, April 7, 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/education/edlife/mba-programs-that-get-you-where-you-want-to-go.html?ref=business&_r=1. ^
  11. “Hassler Selected to Participate in Solutions Journalism Academy.” Hassler selected to participate in solutions journalism academy | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/journalism/7951/45388. ^
  12. “Announcing NBTB 2019’s Keynoter: Pulitzer Prize Winner Brent Walth.” Apply by May 15 for NBTB Online, June 28 to July 10, May 17, 2019. https://newsroombythebay.com/2019/05/09/announcing-nbtb-2019s-keynoter-pulitzer-prize-winner-brent-walth/. ^
  13. “Home.” The Catalyst Journalism Project. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://blogs.uoregon.edu/catalyst/. ^
  14. “Hassler Selected to Participate in Solutions Journalism Academy.” Hassler selected to participate in solutions journalism academy | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/journalism/7951/45388. ^
  15. “ENGLISH.” CATALYST. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://www.catalyst-catalizador.org/drugs-policy. ^
  16. “Dana Mortenson, CEO of World Savvy.” PBS. Public Broadcasting Service. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/brief/250060/dana-mortenson. ^
  17. Bornstein, David. “Preparing Young Americans for a Complex World.” The New York Times. The New York Times, February 8, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/preparing-young-americans-for-a-complex-world.html. ^
  18. “Educational Approach.” World Savvy. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://www.worldsavvy.org/our-approach/education-approach/. ^
  19. “Voter Participation Center.” Voter Participation Center. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/voter-participation-center/. ^
  20. Tao, Li. “Meet the ‘Godfather’ of China’s Smartphone Industry.” Yahoo! News. Yahoo!, February 3, 2019. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/meet-godfather-china-smartphone-industry-220254420.html. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 2005

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form PF $6,046,371 $4,537,540 $80,545,252 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $-2,053,742 $4,330,795 $79,036,421 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $7,041,131 $2,511,699 $85,430,666 $9,708 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $14,937,532 $2,727,940 $80,900,834 $9,308 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $9,034,955 $3,219,567 $68,682,774 $840 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Enlight Foundation

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