Chao Foundation Launches East Villagers -- The Premium Online Social Network Platform Dedicated to Asian Non-Profits

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This website treats non-profits and volunteers as first class members by tailoring the online non-profit community to meet their most pressing needs. "We believe that Asia is rapidly developing, and the Asian non-profit community will be one of the fastest growing due to increasing need for services. This premium platform focuses on building connections between the socially-minded younger generations with a heart for Asia." - Ping Chao, Founder, Visionary

East Villagers ( 東村族) is the only online community dedicated to non-profit organizations, their projects, and volunteers' life-changing stories. Website: Anyone can share their own life-changing stories and impact people all around the world. East Villagers allows users to share experiences with friends and family through blogs, images, and videos. Through these first hand experiences, villagers can inspire others to make a difference.

Our community is dedicated to non-profit work in Asia because we believe that Asia is rapidly developing, and the Asian non-profit community will be one of the fastest growing due to increasing need for services. This premium platform focuses on building connections between the socially-minded younger generations with a heart for Asia.

East Villagers is very unique and different from other social networking sites because we treat non-profits and volunteers as first-class members by tailoring our online community to meet their most pressing needs. We focus on the Asian community and Asia.

East Villagers has four main goals: (1) Connect volunteers and help non-profits build their own online community. (2) Cultivate innovation and an element of fun to non-profit work. (3) Create continuity in non-profit projects through sustaining relationships, maintaining resources, and facilitating online collaboration. (4) Call people to action: people are brought to action when they are experiencing something first hand. East Villagers brings these first-hand experiences to them.

The word "East" in East Villagers represents our East Asia focus. "Village" is the oldest form of community. On the other hand, "East Village" in New York is a modern community. Therefore, we want to creatively use the best in modern "Web 2.0" technology possible to facilitate service among areas in most need. Through East Villagers, we are able to build "villages" of people who have had their lives transformed through non-profit help. These are in essence "villages" of volunteers and "villages" of organizations focused on service.

East Villagers is not only for Asians and Asia-related organizations, but it is for everyone who is interested in service. We welcome all people to join. Our target and focus is Asians and Asia-related organizations that serve the Asian community all around the world, but we welcome everyone to use the site for their non-profit and service-related needs.

East Villagers is sponsored by the Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation. Root International Peace Corps (RIPC 美國路竹會), a US-based, non-profit disaster relief organization, and the Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation (趙修平夫婦基金會) are pleased to announce that they have collaboratively fundraised over $100,000 in donations from the community all across North America and individuals in support of ongoing relief efforts related to Taiwan Typhoon Morakot. Due to overwhelming need overseas, we have decided to raise the new target to $150,000 by the end of September. Chao Foundation pledges to match funds to meet the new goal of $150,000. We encourage individuals, communities, and associations from all across the world to unite in helping Typhoon Morakot victims and restoration.

Chinese and Asian communities across North America had responded to this crisis with overwhelming support. A successful August 23 fundraising event co-hosted by World Journal and San Francisco Chinese Business Association raised $40,000 plus $40,000 matching fund from Chao Foundation. Chao Foundation's dollar-for-a-dollar matching program also helped raise over $34,000 so far on the internet non-profit online community

RIPC and Chao Foundation will use the donated funds through joint relief efforts to provide medical aid and supplies in partnership with its sister organization Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps (TRMPC 臺灣路竹會), a 15-year old Taiwan-based non-profit that is widely considered the A-team in medical and disaster relief. Over the years, the TRMPC has mobilized over 6,000 volunteers and is known for being the first onsite in over 25 countries across 200 missions that have so far touched over 100,000 lives.

"Chao Foundation feels privileged to partner with so many individual donors in support of Typhoon relief efforts. Regardless if it's ten dollars or thousands of dollars, I will make sure that every dollar donated through Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps/Root International Peace Corps will be put to best use for Taiwan Typhoon Morakot relief," said Ping Chao, chairman and founder of Chao Foundation. "Our online fundraising and matching program raised over $34,000 within merely three weeks. More importantly, with the help of non-profit online community, we literally brought together a diverse group of people from all across U.S. and Canada, young and not-so-young, Chinese speaking and non as one community behind this important cause. That's just incredible."


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