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Donor support is essential to improve the student experience and provide opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. Explore examples of how gifts make a difference below.


Amanda's Story

Transitions for Youth supports young people like Amanda as they shift from foster care to college life. Watch Amanda's story to hear, in her own words, how she transitioned from foster care and became a high-achieveing Rutgers student.


For Goodness's Sake

Picture of Rutgers SSW Dean Cathryn Potter, Chancellor Richard Edwards and Dezhi Lu of the Huamin Charity foundation Dr. Dezhi Lu believes that, as individuals in China accumulate wealth, they also have an obligation to create traditions of charitable giving. And he thinks that Rutgers University can help to establish those traditions. With his support, the Huamin Research Center has co-published a book, A Comparison of Social Welfare in China and the United States (in Chinese), with Renmin University; seven research reports; and, through a collaboration with the China Philanthropy Research Institute, informational brochures on topics that range from teen volunteerism to an overview of U.S. nonprofits. Two new books are in process: Social Work Education and Research (in Chinese), which will be co-published with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and China’s Nonprofit Sector (in English), which will be co-published with Tsinghua University and Beijing Normal University.

Additionally, the center awarded a doctoral fellowship and provided 10 research assistantships to graduate students whose academic focus is on social work and nonprofit management in China. It hosted two visiting scholars and one visiting lecturer and co-hosted two conferences: “Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations in the Current Economy” and “Social Work Education and Research in China and the United States.”

Lu believes that the Huamin Research Center has already made strides in developing new approaches to fostering charitable giving in China. “We need to institutionalize our philanthropy industry,” says Lu. “This is a crucial time for philanthropy in China.”

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