Yale-China Fundraiser: March of 100 Dinners

Chairman Mao memorably said: “Revolution is not a dinner party.

"We disagree! Host a dinner party and help change the world!"     — David Youtz, Executive Director

Host a Dinner and Help Yale-China “Counter the Story”

In this year of division, isolationism, xenophobia and US-China tensions, there is something you can do to counter the dark news stories. For the 2nd year in a row, the Yale-China community is hosting dinners in many locations to benefit our work and spread the word about what we do. The Yale-China Association works against these negative trends, building stabilizing relationships, collaborations and bridges of understanding between American and Chinese people.

During the spring, we are asking our supporters to host a dinner party. Reach out to your network—alumni of our programs or friends who have never heard of us—and share what this small organization is accomplishing. Yale-China can provide contact information (as needed) and will send you everything you need to host one of the events that are happening from Boston to Beijing. Commit to serve as a host and we will send you customizable invitations (see sample attached), guest gifts, materials to present our work, and suggested activities. Any time this spring is fine with us (April, May or June). This year, our dinner theme is telling and recording the extraordinary and transformational stories of Yale-China’s people to help counter the other stories about China.

Here's how it works

THE HOST volunteers to provide the meal and venue -- however you want to do this: in a restaurant, in your home, as a potluck dinner or catered, or whatever you choose. The host reaches out and invites guests of their choosing (Yale-China can help with names from our database if desired). Invite a larger or smaller number of attendees, as you wish. The host also decides on the donation price that each guest pays to attend -- you can customize an invitation that Yale-China provides. 100% of proceeds are tax deductible. We suggest a minimum of $20, or go for $116 to commemorate our birthday in 2017, or whatever you feel will accomplish the dinner's fundraising goal, without excluding those who want to participate.

YALE-CHINA will provide what you need to run the evening, including customizable invitations, information to share about what Yale-China does and why we are a worthy cause, a brief video to inspire conversation, and small gifts to thank your guests. We can also help you locate current and recent fellows, students and other Yale-China participants in your area who could share their stories and what the experience means to them.

GUESTS pay the set price to join the evening, and then no further donations are solicited at the event. We want the evening to be fun and a celebration of our community and -- for those who are new to Yale-China's work -- a good introduction to what we do.

What do I do to host or attend a dinner?

  1. RSVP to let us know that you will host a dinner (or want to attend a dinner).
  2. Choose your date -- Yale-China will recommend a date each year around April or May, but any date that works for you works for us.
  3. Fill in the invitation that Yale-China will send you with date and location details, and send out your invitations.
  4. Collect your RSVPs and checks and send us the list of attendees -- we will mail you a "100 Dinners" package with special gifts for your attendees.
  5. Have fun! at your event and know that you have helped a great cause!
  6. Post photos of your evening and share it with Yale-China -- we will post them up on Facebook and include them in our Yali Society Notes in the Yale-China Review.

Counter the Story

In this year of division, isolationism, xenophobia and US-China tensions, there is something YOU can do to counter the dark news stories. Yale-China has connected with the inspirational American non-profit, StoryCorps, to launch an on-going effort to collect the stories of individual American and Chinese people working together and learning from each other.

StoryCorps (whose mission is “to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world”) has collected hundreds of thousands of American stories, each one archived in the Library of Congress. Learn more at storycorps.org/discover.

Anyone can participate in Counter the Story! We want to hear stories from Yale-China alumni that shed light on your experiences in China and Hong Kong, whether as a teaching fellow, health fellow, arts fellow, board member, or other participant.

If you are hosting one of Yale-China’s March of 100 dinners, we will make available a current or recent program participant who will share stories in person with your guests to get the conversation going. Your “Counter The Story” dinner can also play sample recorded stories to set the stage, and you will have instructions to make it easy for your guests to record their own stories.

The Yale-China Community is full of stories (click here to read a few of them).

Share Your Story: Click here to share your story and help us change the world!

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