Educational Institutions

Overseas China Education Foundation

  • Houston, TX
  • http://www.ocef.org

Mission Statement

Overseas China Education Foundation (OCEF) is an independent,
non-governmental, non-profit charity Foundation. Its sole mission is to
raise fund to promote China's education, focusing its work on helping
under-privileged children in rural areas of China to obtain basic
education.

Main Programs

  1. ES/MS Financial Aid
  2. HS Scholarship
  3. Teacher Assistance
  4. Library
  5. Special Projects

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Tina Miao

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Gan Liang

Keywords

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Overseas China Education Foundation, OCEF, SOSCEF, Education, Charity, Charitable Organization, Non-Profit Organization, non-political, independent, fundraising, donation, help children, elementary school, basic education, rural areas of China, volunteers, disable, orphans, poverty areas.

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Also Known As

OCEF

EIN

76-0680540

 Number

4492751696

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

Self-reported by organization

2013 Sep, Global Giving Open Challenge Winner, sweeping most donation and most unique donors awards.

2012 Nov 4, Special Congressional Recognition by US Congress Representative Al Green;
 
2012 Nov 4, State of Texas Resolution by Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button (district #112);
 
2010 Feb 1, the only Houston recipient of first round Chase Community Giving by Chase Foundation;
 
2009 Nov., national champion among 7875 non-profits in America's Giving Challenge by Facebook, Case Foundation, Parade Magazine and Kellogg Foundation;
 
2008 May, Humanity Service Award by Red Cross Society of China;
 
2005 Apr., Literacy Advocacy Award by Libertarian Society of China.
 
By Spring 2012, OCEF has donated more than $2.2 million to help over 41,000 needy kids and teachers in rural China in forms of sponsorships and scholarships.  OCEF also built 412 libraries with 370,000 book donations.  OCEF also have dozens of special projects in renovating dilapidated classrooms and facilities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ES/MS Financial Aid

Sponsorship to underprivileged middle school and elementary school students, to cover their books, school supplies and living expense

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 2

HS Scholarship

Scholarship to poor high school students as need based with merit factored in;

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 3

Teacher Assistance

Provide training and financial support for teachers in rural schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

Library

Build library to schools and community served

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Special Projects

School Refurbishing and Special Projects target refurbishing dilapidated classrooms and facilities or other comprehensive projects.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$150,000.00

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Overseas China Education Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Overseas China Education Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Tina Miao

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Gan Liang

BIO

Qinghong Wei, President & CEO, has been involved with OCEF since 2009. Ms. Wei currently is a PhD candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University. As a planning scholar and practitioner, Ms. Wei has worked with many municipalities and communities to develop community revitalization plans and strategic development plans. Ms. Wei received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Tsinghua University in China and a Master's degree in Community Planning from University of Cincinnati.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dear Friends:
 
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Overseas China Education Foundation (OCEF). Twenty years ago, SOSCEF, the forerunner of today's OCEF, was founded in California and it delivered the first batch of 23 scholarships to rural students of China the next year. Since then, OCEF has funded rural education in China by providing more than 2.2 million US dollar in financial aid, scholarship, teacher training, library and facilities improvement. OCEF itself has grown from the initial team of 20 individuals to a worldwide non-profit organization of thousands volunteers with diverse background.
 
While proud of our achievements with 20 years of hard work, we realize that much more needs to be done in rural education. The lack of investment in education in poor rural areas and the backwardness of rural education will negatively affect the future of several generations. Monetary aid alone is not going to change the current state or quality of rural education. We must find sustainable solutions to bring changes.
 
Since 2010, OCEF has started to explore such solutions in order to generate profound changes in rural education. Comprehensive Support Program in Guizhou and Ningxia provinces has been delivering infrastructure improvement, teacher training, scholarships, library programs, health education, and vocational training to rural schools and local communities. Working closely with local schools and understanding their educational demands, these in-depth programs will have a long-lasting impact on local students and communities.
 
In 20 years, OCEF has come a long way and we cannot have gone this far without your helwe know the journey ahead of us is still long and winding, yet the first step has been taken. We will continue on to fulfill our vision: every child, no matter born poor or rich, urban or rural, has the right to get a good education and has the right to shape his/her own future.We look forward to your continued support.
 
Sincerely
 
Qinghong Wei"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Qinghong Wei

Florida State University

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2013

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