CHINA INSTITUTE IN AMERICA

aka China Institute   |   New York, NY   |  www.chinainstitute.org

Mission

China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, art, and business. China Institute is the go-to resource on China—from ancient art to today's business landscape and its rapidly shifting culture. Our programs, school, and gallery exhibitions bring to life the depth, complexity and dynamism of China.

Founded in 1926 by Chinese reformers Hu Shi, K.P. Wen, and John Dewey, China Institute is the oldest bicultural, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China.

Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1944 as a school of continuing education, our language and cultural school is the oldest educational center of its kind in the United States.

Ruling year info

1944

Principal Officer

Mr. James Heimowitz

Main address

40 Rector Street, Second Floor

New York, NY 10006 USA

Show more addresses

EIN

13-1623937

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When China Institute was founded in 1926 by a group of distinguished educators—including Hu Shih, John Dewey, and Kuo Ping-Wen—very little was known about China in the United States. The primary goal of the nascent organization was to deepen cross-cultural understanding through the sponsorship of educational and cultural programs. In the 21st century, China’s profound importance on the world stage is well known. Yet for many Americans, an authentic understanding of that country remains elusive. Today, our organization is the go-to resource on China, offering a broad slate of programs and services that bring to life the country’s depth, complexity and dynamism.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

School of Chinese Studies

Driven by solid curricula, China Institute’s School of Chinese Studies, located in NYC, offers classes, courses and programs in Chinese language, history, literature, arts and culture, etc. to build a life-long learning community that sustains and encourages excitement for learning by connecting with other like-minded individuals.

The School was chartered in 1944 by the Board of Regents of the New York State Department of Education. With a direct endorsement by New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John E. Wade granted the school accreditation to offer in-service credit courses for teachers, and China Institute was soon recognized as the nation’s first and largest school of Chinese studies of its kind.

For over 80 years, China Institute’s School of Chinese Studies has taught thousands of students, both children and adults, to speak, read and write Chinese. The School has provided courses and workshops for K-12 educators and the general public on Chinese culture, history, art, literature and language teaching; brought hundreds of students and educators to China for life-changing tours and study programs; and created award-winning curriculum guides and books about China. In an increasingly globalized community, the school continues to create innovative programs to foster cross-cultural understanding and connections.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Established in 1966, China Institute Gallery was the first non-profit gallery in the United States to showcase Chinese art and culture exclusively and on a regular basis.

China Institute Gallery is renowned for its intimate, first-class thematic exhibitions, which are accompanied by in-depth scholarly catalogues. The Gallery has presented over 100 exhibitions in such areas as calligraphy, painting, ceramics, bronzes, decorative art, folk art, architecture, photography, textiles, and contemporary art covering 5,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic period to present day. China Institute Gallery has earned an international reputation and continues to provide a unique opportunity for Americans and visitors from around the world to appreciate both traditional and contemporary Chinese art and culture.

The Gallery offers:
· Original Major Exhibitions
· Traveling Exhibitions
· Exhibition Catalogs
· Gallery Tours through Discover China Through Art (DCTA), an educational program for all age groups
· Membership Opportunities – Friends of the Gallery for those who share a special love for the art of China

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

China Institute’s Center for Business provides a crucial forum for U.S.-China business interaction and a resource for insights on the business landscape in both countries. It is the go-to place for timely, insightful thought leadership programming and convening around U.S.-China business and economics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The high quality and authenticity of China Institute’s arts and culture programs have established our organization as the premiere resource in New York City for all who wish to learn more about China.

Lectures, symposia, workshops, readings, film screenings, and performances--featuring distinguished artists, authors, curators, educators, and scholars--illuminate China's art, history, literature, philosophy, and contemporary life.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

China Institute fosters a deepened understanding of China through programs in education, culture, art, and business. These include world-class Gallery exhibitions; education and teacher training services; humanities-themed public programs; family-friendly open houses and festivals; and forums for business dialogue.

In 2015, the Institute moved from a 9,000-square-foot townhouse to a two-floor, 52,000-square foot facility in Lower Manhattan that is being renovated in phases. Resources gained in its new and enhanced physical space are enabling the Institute to re-imagine the spectrum of its programming and allow us to serve a larger and more diverse community, thereby meeting the growing interests and needs of its global constituents.

Build-out to date of our new downtown facility has concentrated on its second floor, and included installation of the following: a five-classroom, state-of-the-art education center that doubles as spaces for meetings and public events; a climate-controlled China Institute Gallery suitable for displaying fragile art treasures; a foyer that can be purposed for receptions and public programs; staff offices; and the Institute’s entrance/lobby spaces.

In 2019, second floor renovations will be completed with construction of two additional classrooms and three multi-purpose spaces. These will be outfitted with technology supporting a variety of public programs (i.e. seminars, film screenings, and performances), pop-up exhibitions, and more. Capacity expansion will continue in 2019/20 with street level renovations that will permit use of our ground floor for public programming and other mission-driven services on a year-round basis; a new grand staircase will link the Institute’s two floors.

China Institute had been New York City’s premier educational and informational resource on China for decades before the opening of its vastly expanded physical headquarters in 2015. With this transformational change, the Institute both amplified its organizational visibility and heightened the profile of Lower Manhattan as a cultural destination.

Our new facility established an institutional and programmatic environment supporting the following institutional goals: the aggressive pursuit of new audiences; creating innovative responses to the needs of our rapidly expanding constituent base; and—at a time when the fostering of mutual trust and understanding between China and the U.S. has never been more important—heightening China Institute’s role and leadership in the global community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our School of Chinese Studies offers tuition-based classes for students of all ages; free and low-cost cultural workshops to NYC classrooms; and professional development programs for educators. China Institute Gallery's world-class exhibitions serve broad audiences, from art devotees to those just discovering the arts of China; it also offers K-12 education programs. Our Public Programs division primarily serves general audiences who wish to learn more about China; its family programs enable children and their parents/caregivers to explore aspects of Chinese culture together. The China Institute Center for Business provides timely insights on the business environment in both countries through programs serving the international business community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

CHINA INSTITUTE IN AMERICA
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

CHINA INSTITUTE IN AMERICA

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Chien Chung Pei

Partner, Pei Partnership Architects

Term: 2004 -


Board co-chair

Ms. Yue-Sai Kan

Emmy-winning Television Host and Producer, Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author and Humanitarian

Term: 2018 -

Anla Cheng

Partner, Sino-Century China Private Equity Partners, LLC; Founder & CEO, SupChina Inc.

James Chin

Senior Vice President & Chief Capital Markets Officer, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.

Kathy Bloomgarden

Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn, Inc.

Chen Guoqing

Chairman, CEO, Pacific American Corporation

Ingrid Ehrenberg

Philanthropist and Investor

Julie Eisenhower

Author, Editor, Volunteer

Mei He

CEO, Wailian Overseas Consulting Group

Edward Hyman

Chairman, ISI Group, Inc.

Yue-Sai Kan

Emmy-winning Television Host and Producer, Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author and Humanitarian

Michael Krupa

President, Gemdale USA Corporation

Marie Lam

Philanthropist

Vincent Mo

Chairman & CEO, Fang Holdings, LTD

Robert Nederlander, Jr.

President & CEO, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment

David O'Brien

Partner, Chief of Staff to the Americas and US Chairman, Brand, Marketing and Communications, Ernst & Young

Sophia Sheng

Philantropist

Miranda Tang

Philanthropist

Julie Waldorf

Attorney

Vivian Long

Program Director, Long Family Foundation

Peter Walker

Retired

Fiona Cibani

President, Ports 1961

Huajun Han

Philanthropist

Ruth Jin, Esq.

Founder and Partner, Jin & Koppell PLLC

Kai-Yan Lee

Managing Director, Vanke US

Julie Monaco

Global Head, Citi’s Public Sector Group, Corporate and Investment Banking

Pin Ni

President, Wanxiang America Corporation

Chien Chung Pei

Partner, Pei Partnership Architects

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/2/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data