Enlight Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW:  The Enlight Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of education in developing countries and supporting social entrepreneurship.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Education and youth, social entrepreneurship, global

PROFILE: Established in 2004, the Enlight Foundation was founded by Chinese electrical engineer Yongping Duan and journalist Xin Liu. Yongping was once on the foundation's record, but a recent 990 indicated Xin Liu as the sole trustee and president of Enlight Foundation. Enlight's charitable work focuses on creating equal educational opportunities for children in developing countries, fostering social entrepreneurs and change makers among youth, and “supporting action driven research projects to advance education in developing countries, especially in China.”

Without a website, the foundation does not appear to maintain specific programs instead preferring to fund interests more broadly. However, the Enlight Foundation grantmaking to education includes a $3 million gift to the Presidio Graduate School. While neither Duan nor Liu attended Stanford, they have steadily supported the school including establishing a fellowship program for Chinese students. The Enlight Foundation also recently provided World Savvy with a $1 million gift in support of the organization’s work preparing K-12 students in the U.S. as global citizens. Some of this expansion will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Grants range from $2,500 to $1,000,000 largely to Presidio Graduate School. Other past grantees include Give2Asia; Feel Good World, “a youth movement committed to ending world hunger in our lifetime”; Lucile Packard Children’s Fund; Monterey Bay Aquarium; and Friends of Palo Alto Parks, which received a seven-figure gift in a recent year.  Learn more about past grantees in the funder’s tax records.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications.


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Enlight Foundation

954 Roble Ridge Rd.

Palo Alto, CA 94306