About the Organization

A Brief History

The Hometown Education Foundation (HEF) is a IRS approved public charitable organization 501(c) (3) to financially help the poor students in China to continue their basic education from elementary school to high school and then college. All donation goes to the needy students 100 percent and is tax deductible. In every school we serve, we have at least one volunteer teacher to help us make sure that the money does go to the needy students 100 percent. All is done by volunteers.

It was established by Professor Tonghai Yang at UW-Madison in 2004 to help poor kids in her home county (Ningguo City/County, Anhui, China) to continue their elementary through high school education. It was expanded to YuShe County, Shanxi Province in 2008 and to Jingzhai County, Anhui Province in 2011. With more donation and trust from donors, we started to continue some of the poor high school students when they got admitted to colleges in 2011. In 2016, we expanded it to Huining County, Gansu Province and we are now working on to expand the service to YiYang County in Jiang Xi province starting 2017-18. During 2016-17, we support 1203 poor students. For summary of yearly support and donation, please check `Summary page'.

The founder and director, Dr. Tonghai Yang, is a full professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and was born in Bao Mei Village, Ningguo County, Anhui Province, China in 1963. He was a middle school teacher for more than three years at Ningguo County from Jan. 1981 to July 1984. He was heartbroken to hear that the poorest students dropped out of school due to extreme financial difficulty, sometimes resulting from family tragedy. He established HEF to seek your donations to help the needy students in his hometown to finish the most basic education we take for granted. Details..

There were also articles in printing media about this charity organization: Media Recognition.

Staff (all volunteers)

Director: Dr. Tonghai Yang, Professor of Mathematics at UW-Madison.

Financial Officer: Chi Li working at Compuware Corp., Madison.

Coordinator at Microsoft: Bo Wu

Webmaster: Bingzhi Zhao, PhD student at Duke U.

Secretary: Dr. Tonghai Yang

Other volunteers: Lianlian Wu, Peiling Fan, ....

Board of Trustee Members (all volunteers):

Dr. Jin-Yi Cai, Professor of Computer Science at UW-Madison.

Lialian Wu, Lawyer, San Diego, California,

Bo Wu, engineer at Microsoft, WA

Dr. Shuanglin Chen, Vice President, CompuTherm, LLC. WI

Yonghong Ren, Broadband Company, MA

Mr. Chi Li, Chair of the trustees.

Dr. Tonghai Yang.

Partners (all volunteers)

Since its start in 2004, we have been partnered with Ningguo City Zhong Mei Ai Xin---an independent charity organization in China (established in 2004 by Dr. Tonghai Yang's friend Jining Hu) to distribute donation to the poor kids in China.

Mr. Jining Hu, the founder and director of Zhong Mei Ai Xin, is in charge of the daily operations in Ningguo, is an administrator at the Department of Education in Ningguo. He has observed the hardships the children have had to endure while he was working both as a middle school teacher and, later, a high school teacher. He decides with a committee of other volunteers how much financial aid can allocate to each individual child, depending of course on your donations. He reports and discusses the results with Dr. Yang before making any final decisions. He and other volunteers of Zhong Mei Ai Xin in China, also dedicate time to raise money in China.

Mr. Dening Peng, the treasurer of the Zhong Mei Ai Xin in Ningguo. He is now a retired former middle school teacher.

Other Volunteers: every school we serve has at least one volunteer teacher coordinator. College students also come back to volunteer during breaks. Some of former students who work at our service areas also volunteer.

In summary, we appreciate any donation you contribute to this small and very useful charity; we will work hard to make sure that your contributions are used in the most effecicient manner to help the most children possible. Your contribution will make a big impact on young lives, for example a mere $80 dollars can help an elementary student for an entire year, $100 can help a middle school student for an entire year, and $200 can help a high school student for an entire year.

Please make your donation by writing a check payable to The Hometown Education Foundation (HEF), and send it to

Hometown Education Foundation
c/o Tonghai Yang
9 W. Geneva Cir.
Madison, WI 53717

or simply use Pay Pal or Credit Card (left) to make an online donation (very simple). We will update the donor list on the web periodically (together with donation amount) to show our appreciation of your generous help and the openness of the process. If you prefer to keep your donation anonymous, please let us know. We will keep it that way.

If you prefer personal contact, we can make arrangements for you to sponsor one or more students. We hope this will bring you even more personal satisfaction by seeing, first hand, how much of a difference your contribution makes. It costs you

$80 to sponsor an elementary school student for a year (we give the student 600 Yuan RMB on your behalf),

$100 to sponsor a middle school student for a year (800 Yuan RMB), and

$200 to sponsor a high school student for a year (1200 Yuan RMB).

$200-800 to sponsor a college student for a year---your choice.

Here is how it works. You choose one (or more) needy student to sponsor for a year or more, and send the donation to HEF. We will give the money to the sponsored student and inform him/her of your support. We will report his/her progress to you. If you like, you are more than welcome to be in direct contact with him/her.

Again your help is greatly appreciated and will make a huge impact on the needy young lives. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at thyang63@gmail.com or (608) 263-4219.

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