Yearly Financial Summary

For balance sheet: balance.html, for donor list, donorlistsince2014.html

This year, we have received $32639 by February 28, 2017 with 6 generous donations. Last year, we received $19606 with 1231 generous donation, and we are able to support 1203 poor students during 2016-17. See below for our annual summaries.

Our support makes a real difference to the poors and inspires them to do better and be more confident.

Please support us and encourage your friends to support us too. Word of mouth is very important to us. Please make your donation by clicking `Donate' at left column using Paypal or Credit Card. you are more than welcome to send your donation (payble to HEF) to

Hometown Education Foundation
c/o Tonghai Yang
9 W. Geneva Cir.
Madison, WI 53717

If you like to sponsor a student or more, please contact Dr. Yang (thyang63@gmail.com). It is pretty simple and gives you personal connection to the students.

 

year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 total
Donation ($1000) 8.5 12.1 17.2 25.9 28.3 39.2 48.2 58.2 60.3 70.2 102.6 165.6 182.8 819.3
#of supp. students 223 256 390 471 596 621 667 697 718 757 888 1025 1203 8785

The number of supported students are joint work between us and our partner Ningguo City Zhong Mei Ai Xin. Nanjing Group joined our effort in 2007. We started to support students in Yushe High School, Shanxi Province in 2008 (the smaller number in the table). We expand our work to Jingzhai High School, Anhui in 2012. We raise the support of high school students to 1200 Yuan RMB a year ($200).

 

Summary of 2016

  1. Together with our partner `Zhong Mei Ai Xin’, we are able to support 1203 poor students in four counties (3 provinces) of China---Ninnguo county/city and Jingzhai County, Anhui, Yushe County, Shanxi, and the newly started Huining, Gansu, with 122 wan RMB (about $200K). We contributed $145K to this effort (up from last year’s $100K).  Last year, we supported 1025 poor students.
  2. Thanks a lot to your trust, support, and help, we are able to raise $179606 with 1231 generous donation, up from last year’s  $165569 with 898 generous donation. There are now 31 generous donator doing month donation.
  3. With hard work by our main new volunteer Xiao Ma and two volunteer teachers at the first and second high schools in Huining, Gansu, we are able to expand our service to Huining, Gansu this year.
  4. With help of CPA Ms. Peiling Fan, we are applying for a program to get us into the Combined Federal Contribution list. Hopefully, we will be successful. We will need your help to get it known to Federal Government Employees if we are successful. We are also now to trying to apply to get into WI Combined Contribution List next year.
  5. College students and some college graduates we supported before come back during winter break, summer break, and National Day to volunteer and help us sorting out applications, and letters, and tell new college students their college experiences. Our supported college students also volunteer in college to help others in their own way.  They work very hard, and several of them earned the prestigious National Achievement Awards! More former students come back to support us with generous donation.
  6. As usual, I visited some of the students at their homes during my summer visit. Here is the link to one of my visits (click links there to see my other visits). http://www.hometowneducation.org/photos16-4.html
  7. Mr. Hu (the main person in charge of our operation in China) and Mr. Peng went to Jingzhai Anhui and Yushe Shanxi to distribute the financial aid, check on the service there, and also talk to the poor students about this program, encourage them to work hard and also appreciate the support.
  8. In October, Bu Wu, his friends, and other volunteers/supporters have run a successful promotion month for the Hometown Education Foundation and raised over $30K donation for October and November alone. Thank you all for your support and promotion.

 

Summary of 2015

1. We are able to support 1025 poor students, including 101 college students during 2015-16, the first time to support more than 1000 students and over 100 college students with total about 900 Yuan RMB donation ($100K from Hometown Education Foundation and the rest from donation in China). This is 12th year of our program (the first one is 2004-05 after a few months preparation starting at Chinese New Year 2004).

2. This year (January to December 2015), we (HEF) have received record breaking 895 generous donations total $165488, up from last year’s 543 donation of  total $102566—a huge jump. There are 19 monthly donations. Thank you all for your generous support and trust.

3. Special thanks to the Microsoft’s volunteers and donors for their amazing generosity both in terms of donation and volunteering their time to help us spread words to their colleagues. In their October Giving Month campaign alone, we have received $30K generous donation (with Microsoft’s match-up), doubled last year’s donation. Microsoft changed their charity distribution system this year.  In the end, we received both year’s donation (in November and December) and last year’s donation (February), which is one reason for a big jump of this year’s donation.

4. Special thanks to all volunteers, including college students who volunteer to help us sorting out letters and files, teachers who volunteer their time and energy to make sure that all files are accurate and all donation goes to the needy students 100 percent, volunteers who help us translate letters, volunteers who help us spread words to their friends and colleagues, and those who help us in other ways. Only with all these voluntary work to make sure that everything goes smoothly and as intended, we can earn donors’ trust and support.

5. Your donation has been an inspiration to the poor students, in addition to helping them financially. This has reflected on college students very clearly (Chinese students, especially in areas we serve, can NOT do anything except studying and studying before college). They volunteer much more than regular students. They help us during their summer break, winter break, and National Day break. They volunteer in school, squeezing time to help local elementary school and middle school students, and students in special need.

6. I (Tonghai Yang) visited poor students at their homes in June (see http://hometowneducation.org/photos15-1.html) and also had a meeting with high school graduates who will go to college in June to give them some advice about college life.  Mr. Hu Jining visited or called all college bound high school graduates to check whether they still need financial aid. I was also very happy for being able to convince a high school graduate to go to college with help of another volunteer. She had worked extremely hard for getting into college but was worried a lot about her sick father and disabled mother.  

7.  Thanks a lot for your generous support, we are finally able to increase our support of a poor middle school student from annual 600 Yuan to 800 Yuan RMB, long overdue.

Summary of 2014

1.     We are able to support 888 poor students in 2014-15, up from last
year’s 757, joint with Ningguo City Zhong Mei Ai Xin. These students are
from three counties and include 72 college students, 245 high school
students, 242 middle school students, and 329 elementary school students.
The total cost is 7113000 Yuan RMB, about $118000. Our contribution is $80K.

2.     We have received $102575 from 544 generous donations in US, Canada,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Europe.  In addition, we also received about 40000
RMB donation in China from Dr. Yang’s effort.

3.     Dr. Yang visited poor students 4 times in 2014, one during Chinese
New Year, 3 during summer.  He and Mr. Hu went to Shanxi Province, Yushe
County to visit the poor students in July on their own expense. Mr. Hu took
night train to save money.  We talked with students and volunteers at
school, and then visited 14 families at their homes. We were impressed by
the efforts of the students’ family and themselves made to make sure that
the students had a good education. The visits are recorded in

http://hometowneducation.org/photos14-6.html

and links there.

4.     In late August, we also had a meeting with college bound students as
in previous years, and asked the experienced students to give advice to new
college students. It helps the new students a lot in adapting to college
life.

 5. *Jie Ling, Shawn Wu, Bo Wu, Chao Li, Bolin Ding, Dang Ke and many
others at Microsoft, with Jie leading the way, ran a successful fundraising
effort at Microsoft’s Giving Campaign month (October, 2014) to raise more
than $10K for us---the donation will arrive next year. Thank you all for
your generous support.*

Summary of 2013

1. We supported 757 poor students this academic year, up from last year's 718. We raised the amount of the support for high school students from 1000 Yuan RMB ($150+) to 1200 Yuan RMB ($200). This raise is long overdue as the high school expense has skyrocketed.

2. We have received $70163 donation this year after reaching $60K last year. This is in addition to  about $11K Microsoft employee payroll deduction donation/MS match-up in October which will arrive to us after new year.


3. The inspiration of your support has more and more clearly reflected on the students we supported. Weiyong Chen (2nd year college student) went to an extremely rural area to volunteer for 3 weeks and sponsored a student in the end. Another student gave up his support and sponsored a student this year with his mom as his father died of cancer after 3 years of struggle and his mom found a job last Fall. He got free college tuition from  a Beijing Agriculture University. About 15 students voluntarily gave up our support as their family situation got improved.  Almost all college students we supported before take part in some volunteering work in college, and a lot helped us during winter break.

4. Your support also inspires more and more local people to support the poor kids through our partner Zhong Mei Ai Xin. This is really positive and reflects on their trust on us.

5. Victor and his son George went to Ningguo Aug. 4-5 (very hot) to visit 4 poor students the family sponsored. Mei and her two kids squeeze sometime in her very tight schedule to visit their sponsored student at Jingzhai. All are very impressive and inspirational, not only to the poor kids but also to local people who met them or  heard about them.

6. I visited about 20 students in three schools last June at their homes and met with college bound students in August to give them some advice. Some college students also came to share their experiences and gave practical advice. This is the third year we did this. We will continue this practice.

7. 12 UW-Madison students went to three rural middle school in Ningguo to volunteer for 10 days, telling the students about US and big city life, and college life while teaching them interesting English. A local college student also joined them and helped some of them get around.  This was the 4th year of this program. Very well received locally. The UW students also benefited a lot from this experience.

It is already long. Let me just stop here. Please check on our website for more. Thank you all again for your generous support, help, and patience. If you have not done so this year, please consider supporting us before the end of this year to get tax deduction this year. You can send your donation to

Hometown Education Foundation
c/o Tonghai Yang
9 W. Geneva Cir.
Madison, WI 53717


or online at www.HometownEducation.org using Paypal.

 

Summary of 2012

1. We receved $60361 generous donation this year from 300 donation---the first time our annual donation reaches $60000.

2. Together with our partner Ningguo City Zhong Mei Ai Xin (www.loveedu.org.cn), we support 718 needy students this academic year, from 3 different counties, including 59 college students, 129 high school students in Ningguo, Anhui, 46 high school students in Yushe, Shanxi, 10 high school students in Jinzhai, Anhui, 216 middle school students in Ningguo, Anhui, and 258 elementary school students in Ningguo, Anhui.

3. We extended our work to the third county Jingzhai County, Anhui province thanks to your support and effort of Mr. Hu Jining, our main volunteer in Ningguo, Anhui.

4. During summer 2012, Dr. Tonghai Yang also raised 29800 yuan RMB from individuals and 100000 yuan RMB from a local Ningguo bank for our partner Ningguo City Zhong Mei Ai Xin.

5. Dr. Yang visited some needy families my July visit to Ningguo and also talked with college bound high school students we supported. Please check

http://www.hometowneducation.org/photos12-2.html

and

http://www.hometowneducation.org/photos12-1.html

6. Thanks to continued sponsorship from sponsors, we support 59 college students this year, 3 from Yushe, Shanxi, 54 from Ningguo, Anhui, and 2 from Shaanxi. In addition, we help some of them get support from Badhi Education FOundation. One student Sun Ting got into the presitigious Beijing Normal University and is partially supported by Xie Yu Education Foundation.

7. Seven college students in US went to Ningguo County rural area middle school students to volunteer for a week, 3rd year of this joint acitivity organized by UW-Madison Chinese Undergraduate Association. Quite successful each year.

Summary of Year 2011:

1: We have received $58256 generous donation BY December 31, ---the first time our annual donation reaches $50000. In addition, we have just won $25000 grant from Chase Community Giving Program with 1684 votes on facebook (#34 over all).

2. We are able to support (together with our partner Ningguo Zhong Mei Ai Xin) 697 students this year, including 263 elementary school students (Anhui), 240 middle school students (Anhui), 120 high school students (Anhui) and 40 high school student (Shanxi), and 34 college students (Anhui). The college students (partially supported) were supported by people who have sponsored for several years. Your generous support have made a big difference to these kids! The total expense for this effort is about $62000 (402400 yuan, in Anhui)+ $5000 (Shanxi)=$67000. We supported Anhui students with $45000 and Shanxi students with $5000. The total $50,000 is basically the total donation we received in 2010.

3. With 1684 votes of our supporters (#34 in the ranking) on facebook, we won $25000 grant from Chase Community Giving. We are in the process of receiving the grant.

4. We started to use causemunity to raise fund for the poor kids by encouraging our supporters to shop through our website (left), mostly when shopping at Amazon.com, Macy.com, Dell.com, iTune, etc. late in 2010. It started to pick it up this year. We earned about 3% of the proceed if you click Amazon.com (and others ) from our website to do your shopping---very simple and free. Please try it and spread the words. We earned over $400 so far---enough to help 5 middle school kids!

5. I visited my hometown Ningguo twice last summer. I visited some students in June at their homes and others in their schools. Please check

http://www.hometowneducation.org/photos11-1.html

for my visit. In July, I met with about thirty students, their parents, and teachers at Ningguo City. I chated with them all. They all appreciated your generous support very much.

6. Quite a few high school students we supported went to college this year, including 16 gone to the first and second class universities---big achievement for them. This is also first year that we support more than just a couple of college students. This could happen mainly because a group of Nanjing sponsors decided to continue to support the college students they sponsored. One college student Liming Yan (sponsored by Prof. Li) became a graduate student at Zhejiang University (one of the most famous universities in China) this Fall.

 

Summary of Year 2010:

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1. Thank you all very much for your generous support of the Hometown Education Foundation. We have received 201 donations of total $48237 this year, up from last year's $39212. December is especially a heart warming month with a record of $14093 donation from 40 generous donors, including two anonyous donations of $2500 and $5000 respectively. This year, we have received multiple monthly donation and quite a few generous donations from Europe. Some of our generous donors went back to China and continue to support us through our partner Zhong Mei Ai Xin.

2. Together with our partner Ningguo Zhong Mei Ai Xin, we are able to support 634 needy students in Ningguo City (county) during 2010-11, including 107 high school students (10-12th graders), 258 middle school students (7-9th graders), 258 elementary school students (1st-6th graders), and 11 college students (donors' requests). We are also able to support 33 needy high school students in Yushe County High School, Shangxi Province.

3. Mr. Alec Johnson, a graduate student at UW-Madison, went to Ningguo in June to visit six students he sponsored and others. It was quite an event in Ningguo, and a lot of people were inspired and very impressed by his visit and good deed. Please check

http://www.hometowneducation.org/photos10.html

for a brief summary of his visit, and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i72wHGvy-Cw

for a local news report (Chinese).

4. Mr. Wayne Liu, creator of Causemunity, has created a special online shopping webpage

http://hef.causemunity.org/

and its widget in our webpage

http://www.hometowneducation.org/index.html

to benefit the HEF while you shop online. Just first go to our webpage above, and click the online store there, e.g., Amazon.com, Expedia, Dell, Macy, iTune, or search your favorite store there, it will take you where you want to shop. You shop as usual while we can get about 3% of the proceed for the poor kids. It is really worthy of the one extra click. Please try it out and encourage others to do it for us too. We have already received $34 in last couple of months. Thanks a lot for Wayne and your support.

5. Thanks a lot for using Goodsearch.com for your online search and GoodShop.com for your online shopping to benefit the HEF. We received $227 from Goodsearch for your online search and shopping. Thanks a lot for your support.

6. 11 volunteers from UW-Madison Chinese Undergraduate Students Association went to 3 middle schools in Ningguo during June 8-12 to teach English and introduce US to the students at a more presonal level. They also went to poor students' homes to investigate the situations. Local people were very impressed by their work, and they learned a lot from the experience.

We need your support to continue helping these and other students in similar dire conditions. Please make your donation by writing a check payable to The Hometown Education Foundation (HEF), and send it to

Hometown Education Foundation
c/o Tonghai Yang
9 W. Geneva Cir.
Madison, WI 53717

or simply use Google Checkout (left) to make an online donation(very simple).

Summary of Year 2009:

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1. Thank you all very much for your generous support. We received $39212.17 this year from about 200 generous donors like you. We received a record $10066 donation in November. We are very happy and grateful with the steady growth of this program (last year we receive about $28400 generous donation). It makes a big difference to the poor kids we are trying to help. We appreciate all your support very very much. Among the most notable and inspiring are an anonymous $5000 donation in November, 85 years old Mrs. Chen's sponsoring a middle school student Yaqin Zhang, and Dr. Xun Jiang's big effort to inform and get his friends to support us.

2. We are able to support 601 needy students (see list here--Chinese) in Ningguo during 2009-10 with about 319100 Yuans (a little more than $46000). We are also able to support 20 high school students in YuShe High School, YuShe County Shanxi Province with $3000. We shift more support to high school students (96 this year comparing to 50 last year in Ningguo). It is much more expensive to have a high school education which is not mandatory. Thank you very much for your generous support.

3. I visited five needy students' families on July 6, 2009, and saw direct impact of your support on these poor kids and their families. They (and the teachers) appreciated your support very much, and your support made real difference to them. Please check here for photos and brief description of their situations. It was a humbe and moving experience to me to see how they deal with such hardship.

4. 12 volunteers from UW-Madison Chinese Undergraduate Students Association went to 3 middle schools in Ningguo during June 8-12 to teach English and introduce US to the students at a more presonal level. They also went to poor students' homes to investigate the situations. Local people were very impressed by their work, and they learned a lot from the experience.

5. Mr. Bingzhi Zhao, an undergraduate at UW-Madison, has spent last summer to redesign the website of Hometown Education Foundation. Thanks a lot to his hard work, we now have a much nicer website.

We need your support to continue helping these and other students in similar dire conditions. Please make your donation by writing a check payable to The Hometown Education Foundation (HEF), and send it to

Hometown Education Foundation
c/o Tonghai Yang
9 W. Geneva Cir.
Madison, WI 53717

You are welcome to donate through the Google Checkout (left) if you prefer (very simple). All of your donation goes directly to the needy students 100 percent, and is tax deductible.

Summary of the Year 2008

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  1. Thank you very much for your generous support, we received more than $28348 this year in US and our partner in Ningguo received more than $20000 generous donation in China. We sent $24000 to Ningguo last July and we are able to support 600 needy students in Ningguo this year.
  2. Thanks a lot to Mr Yonghong Ren's and his friend Mr. Jianming Wang, a high school teacher at the YuShe County High School of Shan Xi Province, we have just established the second branch in China at this high school. We support 20 needy high school students in this high school (the only high school in the county) with $3000 generous donation from you.
  3. I visited the needy students in Ningguo twice this academic year, both in the Winter Break and Summer Break (click for photos). The needy students and their families appreciate your support very much. It really helped them a lot. Local volunteers did a very good job choosing needy students.
  4. Four students we supported were accepted to college this year. Fang Liu (girl) was accepted to the Beijing University of Science and Technology with very high score of 616 (out of 750). Cun Liu (girl) was accepted to the Shandong Univeristy of Science and Technology. Fei Jin (girl) was accepted to the Tong Ling Insitute (in Anhui), and Shuming Gao (boy) was accepted to the Xin Hua Institute (in Anhui). You can see their photos here.
  5. Chinese Government has made an effort recently to reduce the cost of elementary and middle school education for students by 1/3 for 5-9th graders and about 1/2 for 1-4th graders. Now the students in 1-9th grade don't need pay anything except for books and homework books. In theory, they don't need pay for textbooks. In practice, they have to pay for all kinds of books which are not textbooks in theory but in practice used in classrooms, e.g., homework books, extra exercise books, and books in subjects like biology, geography and so on. Books get more expensive due to inflation. High school students need more than 3000 yuans (about $500) a year for tuition, books, boarding, and other fees, not including food.
  6. We received more than $200 from `GoodSearch' and `GoodShop' by using them for searching and shopping on line. Please use them to help us. It is very simple, and totally free. Please enourage others to use it to help us too.

To help these poor kids and others in similar dire condition, we need your generous support. We hope to have earned your trust with our hard work. Please consider supporting us by sending your generous donation (payable to Hometown Education Foundation) to

Hometown Education Foundation
c/o Tonghai Yang
9 W. Geneva Cir.
Madison, WI 53717

or using Google Checkout (left) to make an online donation (very simple). Your donation goes to the needy students 100 percent! Please enourage your friends to support us too. Together we do make a difference.

Thanks a lot for your generous support in advance.

Best regards,

Tonghai Yang

Year 2008:

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$28348.71 by December 31st, 2008.

We are able to support 576 needy students (Chinese) in Ningguo during 2008-09 with about $40,000 (284000 Yuans), up from last year's 471 needy students. It includes 50 high school students, 249 middle school students, 290 elementary school students, and one college student who was supported by Professors Li and Liao. For the first time, we are able to support another 20 high school students outside Ningguo County, i.e., at YuShe High School, Shanxi Province thanks to big effort of Mr. Yonghon Ren(a generous donor from the area) and Mr. Jianmin Wang (at the school).

Year 2007:

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$25959 by December 30th, 2007.

We are able to support 471 needy students during 2007-08 thanks to your generous support, up from last year's 390 needy students. In addition, we help about 30 students in a high school get direct support from local bubsiness.

Year 2006:

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$17222.25 by December 31th, 2006.

We are able to support 390 needy students during 2006-07 thanks to your generous support.

Year 2005:

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$12105 by December 28th, 2005.

We are able to support 256 needy students during 2005-06 thanks to your generous support. We need your support to continue helping these and other students in similar dire conditions.

Year 2004:

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$8580.

We were able to support 223 needy students during 2004-05 thanks to your generous support.

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