Community Roots China (CRC) works with underprivileged children in 12 provinces around China. Our programmes include the One Heart Gift Bag, which gives bags to primary aged children, the Bookworm programme, which provides books for schools, and the Educational Sponsorship, which pays the fees for students to attend high school or university.

CRC aims to build bridges between Chinese communities and individuals and corporations operating in China, by creating pragmatic individual programs and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. We provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to give back to society in clear, transparent, and accountable ways. 

Shanghai Rende Foundation is the Chinese charity partner of CRC. Rende Foundation was initiated by Amity Foundation (Nanjing) and is a non-governmental grant-making foundation in Shanghai.  Individuals and corporations working with CRC will be able to receive an official donation receipt or juan zeng fapiao

Community Roots China was founded in 2011 by Marie-Lucie Spoke, a Canadian citizen with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Marie-Lucie joined the Canadian diplomatic service in 1980 and lived in Beijin from 1987-1990, which was when she fell in love with the people of China.  In 2006, her and her husband had the opportunity to move to Shanghai. With her passion for the rural children of China, she registered Community Roots China in 2011. 

Marie-Lucie's care and love for the children of China, and the impactful work of CRC, have been recognized by several international orgnaizations:

  • 2013 - Recipient of Governor General of Canada Award
  • 2014 - Rotary Club Corporate Leadership Award
  • 2014 - Expat Professional Women Society Award for Societal Contribution
  • 2014 and 2016 - Plaque of Appreciation from Cerecare
  • 2015 - Rotary Club Individual Leadership Award.




Programs201120122013201420152016 TOTAL RMB
One Heart 275,400 935,840 1,912,160 1,530,410 1,603,178 822,630 7,079,618
Capital Projects   200,000   200,000 77,000 77,000 491,433
Education Sponsorship       1,100,000 1,000,000 691,000 2,791,000
Bookworm Libraries           67,500 67,500
Colored provinces indicate where CRC has implemented one or more of its programs

Colored provinces indicate where CRC has implemented one or more of its programs. 

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Corporate giving is still in its infancy in China. The world's largest GDP, as a whole, gave 15.3 billion USD in charitable donations in 2014, less than the 17.77 billion USD that corporations alone gave in the US. Community Roots China (CRC) is an organization working to develop this area by engaging companies to sponsor disadvantaged Chinese children to get high school and university educations.

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