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Lingnan Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-10

At A Glance

Lingnan Foundation

(formerly Trustees of Lingnan University)

600 Anton Blvd., Ste. 1100

Costa Mesa, CA United States 92626-7100

Telephone: (714) 371-4118


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-06-30)

Assets: $23,375,846

Total giving: $842,418





Additional Contact Information

Toll free tel.: (866) 438-4999


Established in 1893 in NY

Purpose and Activities

To contribute to the advancement of higher education in South China, and through that process, to promote understanding between Chinese and Americans. The foundation supports scholarly exchange, educational innovation, and service to society.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

W.T. Chan Fellowships Program

The W.T. Chan Fellowships commemorate Professor Wing-Tsit Chan, former Dean of Lingnan University and distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Religion. They also celebrate the Lingnan motto "Education for Service." At their core, the W.T. Chan Fellowships seeks to nurture a life-long commitment to service. Through service, the Fellows explore challenges ranging from intercultural communication and non-profit professionalism to personal growth and leadership development. Fellows are selected on the basis of their commitment to service as well as their maturity, flexibility, experience, personal initiative and creativity. After their selection and orientation, each Fellow is assigned to work at a non-profit organization in the United States that addresses a critical social need. With support and guidance from program organizers, the internships are designed to help the Fellows gain practical experience in service work and inter-cultural cooperation. Fellows live in American homes for the full duration of the program. They also attend seminars on non-profit organization management and community development, cultural events, as well as mandatory weekly reflection meetings while in the United States. See foundation web site for additional information .

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Education services
  • Educational exchanges
  • Goodwill promotion
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Higher education
  • International relations
  • International studies
  • Law education
  • Social sciences
  • University education
International Interests
  • China
  • Hong Kong
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-06-30

Assets: $23,375,846 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,223,556

Total giving: $842,418

Qualifying distributions: $1,006,008

Giving activities include:

$842,418 for 8 grants (high: $250,600; low: $22,326)