Greg Schultheis and his team at Amrosia are critical to our fundraising activities in Shenzhen, China. Each year Greg organizes the Annual Shenzhen Midnight Charity Race; Sponsors the annual Shenzhen Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics; and is always a key sponsor at the Shenzhen Captivating Annual Charity Auction. Not only is Greg financially supportive, but he’s amazingly hands-on, whether it’s as an Auctioneer at the Charity Gala, or a booming voice at the Mini Olympics. Greg’s funding is also helping us provide emergency relief to girls in remote Qinghai through support of our emergency relief programs. Finally, we are thrilled to have Greg as a member of the Board of Directors of Captivating.
Captivating would struggle to exist as an organization if not for the support we receive from companies and individuals who, through their financial support, help underwrite some of our administration costs and projects. The following individuals and organizations have either completely underwritten various Captivating Projects or have contributed more than US$6,000 to Captivating’s administration expenses over the past year.
Nicholas from Axess Accounting Solutions is a long-time friend and supporter. For several years now he, along with several others, has helped to fund Andrew and Julie’s living expenses. Additionally, Nick and his wife Sue, have supported various building and sustainability programs – always there with a “YES” when they are asked.
Dr. Pei and the team at Funful bilingual school in Shenzhen, China has supported Captivating for several years with regular attendance at our Annual Charity Auction always booking several tables. From 2016, Funful became a KEY EVENT sponsor of our Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics event in Shenzhen. Their support of that event makes them one of our very precious administration partners. Thank you Dr. Pei for your support.
Adam, Tom, Chandra, Jackie, and the team at GPA Global have supported Kidz with Heart events and the Annual Charity Auction in Shenzhen. They are also the pioneers and ongoing sponsors of Captivating, funding a new initiative – Greenhouse Programs in Western China.
Andrew Gunter from ITA develops and hosts the Captivating website and associated systems. Based in Australia, ITA works at a very personal level with us and has been a huge benefit for us at Captivating. Operating on a completely voluntary basis, Andrew is always there to help us with website and process needs. ITA’s services include the design, development, and implementation of Internet and Intranet Websites and Systems, Web and Email Hosting, and Professional Consulting.
Greg and Sharon have been incredible supporters since the early days of Captivating by supporting our work in Northern China, Guizhou, Qinghai, Kenya and Nepal. Their support has enabled Captivating to start new projects with seed funding buying us enough time to engage other donors. Today, the Jamoca Foundation supports an entire region in Nepal and is underwriting our expansion into micro-finance activities in Nepal.
David and Michael from KidKraft are KEY SPONSORS of the Annual Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics held in Shenzhen. 100% of their donation supports Captivating’s administration expenses. KidKraft are also regular supporters of the Captivating Shenzhen Charity Auction and have been with us for over 5 years now. Thank you for your consistent dedication and support over all these years David, Michael and team.
The Kidz with Heart event is all about raising funds to directly support administrative expenses for Captivating’s China operation. Claire Taylor is the inspiration and leadership behind the Annual Shenzhen Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics, as well as The Nanshan Challenge – two events that help raise important funds for Captivating’s work in China. Supported by an amazing committee and upwards of 170 volunteers, these events have become regular events in people’s Shenzhen activities calendar.
Li & Fung, thanks to many of its employees, have single-handedly catapulted our Seng Girls Home child sponsorship and vocational schooling program into a strong financial position this past year. Additionally, the Li & Fung Foundation has matched employee contributions for the past three years, with full support of vocational development programs to the SGVTS. The funds received from the Fung (1906) Foundation matching program were used by Captivating to implement several new vocational training programs focused on tailoring, cooking, and studying, paving a path to self-sustainability.
Leanne and Steven Davies from LightStream International Charitable Trust are long-time friends of Andrew and Julie Colquhoun. Each year they fund the office rental costs of Captivating’s Shenzhen support office. In addition, they help fund Captivating activities in Kenya and Nepal. We also greatly appreciate their words of encouragement.
Midnight Charity Race is a 5km and 10km run held at midnight every year in Shenzhen. Organized and run by Greg Schultheis, this event attracts close to 200 runners each year and is now a regular fixture in the local runner’s calendar. Race proceeds are used to support Captivating’s work in China.
PCH has actively supported Captivating Western China projects for several years now. They fully fund our Western China Capacity Building Program aimed at training up young university scholars to be the charity leaders of tomorrow, as well as other projects aimed at addressing the challenges of poverty in remote village locations through solutions such as solar panels. Our thanks to Alan and the PCH team.
The Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE) has been supported Captivating’s work for 3 years now. SCIE also have a wonderful volunteer program where 60+ students volunteer for Captivating activities. Currently, SCIE fully sponsors multiple girls in China through our Sponsor a Girl Program.
Claire Taylor is one of our volunteering hero’s leading two of our Shenzhen based charity fundraisers – The Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics, and The Nanshan Challenge. When she’s not volunteering for Captivating, she runs her Shenzhen-based interior design company called Snap Dragon.
The Captivating Annual Charity Auction is the premier charity event in the annual calendar of many foreigners living in Shenzhen. Run and organized by Lynn Velez, Dana Milne and an amazing committee, this event brings together 600 guests, 150 volunteers, and many companies and sponsors – all focused on raising funds to support Captivating projects in China and Nepal.
Dean and Chris Beveridge have supported Captivating for several years funding a variety of projects including walnut trees, child sponsorship, and seed funding to get projects started (such as the Kaili Village Development program). More recently, their support has moved towards underwriting our work in Nepal. Dean is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Captivating and is also involved with The French Beauty Academy. We are so honored to have Dean and Chris with us, and thankful for The French Beauty Academy’s support.
Since 2009, Ken Whalen has been the primary financier of the Seng Girls Vocational Training School (SGVTS) and Home project. In 2014, Ken tragically passed away. His loss is mourned by so many involved with this project. Today, his wife Paula Whalen, continues to support the SGVTS project through the Ken Whalen Foundation, ensuring Ken’s desire to bring hope to these beautiful girls keeps moving forward and leading them to a path of self-sustainability.
WIK have supported Captivating for several years as sponsor of our Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics event in Shenzhen, China. In addition they have also donated items at our Annual Charity Auction. In 2016, WIK became our new NAMING SPONSOR for Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics providing in excess of US$11k in support of Captivating’s administration and operating expenses. We are in full gratitude to WIK for their amazing support.
3 Angels Nepal (3AN) is an amazing organization. In only a few short years, they have positioned themselves as the go-to NGO in Nepal by Government officials who are wanting support for trafficking related problems. Thanks to 3AN, thousands of girls are being intercepted before they cross the border. But, this is just the start of what they do. Rehabilitation, prevention and restoration are key focuses for them. They are the real deal when it comes to desiring to see Nepalese at-risk girls grow and prosper. In just a few short years, Captivating and 3AN have formed a close bond that will see us reach many thousands of girls in the years to come.
The African Community Development Foundation (ACDF) is our Kenyan-based charity and microfinance institution partner. ACDF oversees the Captivating Foster Family and Orphans Loans Program – a program aimed at stabilizing the lives of orphans, many whose parents have died from AIDS, by placing them in foster families. Our jointly managed program is currently helping in excess of 150 orphans and 200 families.
Asian Aid has existed as an Australian Charity since 1966. They provide education to children and young adults in disadvantaged communities, assist Nepalese women suffering from uterine prolapse, leper communities, special needs children, trafficked girls and women, slum communities, the sick and the very poor. They seek to alleviate poverty, to empower, to advocate, and to give hope. Captivating is so fortunate to partner with Asian Aid and co-sponsor with them in incredibly important anti-human trafficking work in Nepal. It is thanks to Asian Aid that Captivating can provide tax-deductible receipts to many of our Australian-based donors.
Friends of Hong Kong Charities (FOHKC) was created to support the philanthropic work of nonprofit organizations in Hong Kong and to help US citizens make contributions to their preferred Hong Kong charities. They are a registered tax-exempt organization in both the United States (EIN#30-0136665) and in Hong Kong and provide this wonderful service enabling HK registered charities (such as Captivating International) to receive tax deductible donations from donors in the US. To make a donation from the US, simply follow the directions as provided in our donation section.
Support our work with confidence! Captivating is an active, approved, and vetted member of the US based GlobalGiving network. Having passed their auditing process, Captivating projects are now listed on their online giving site. Check it out at globalgiving.org by searching for Captivating International Foundation.
International Children’s Care Australia (ICCA) is an Australian registered charity. Not many people realize that starting a charity in Australia is not an easy thing to do. When charity work was first being considered by Andrew and Julie Colquhoun, they turned to ICCA for help. Their incredible willingness to open their door to us and provide Australian tax receipting and administrative services on our behalf, while we focused on project implementation and fundraising, was truly amazing. Now multiple years later, ICCA still continues to work with Captivating supporting the Seng Girls Vocational Training School and Home, village development work in China, Vocational School Scholarships and Nepal anti-trafficking. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
Love Qinghai Tibet Rescue and Aid (LOVEQTRA) is a Qinghai registered nonprofit, non-government charitable organization. We have partnered with LOVEQTRA since 2009. LOVEQTRA founded and directs the activities of Seng Girls Vocational Training School and Home (SGVTS), which has to date helped over 200 girls.
The work of SHAMTSE, a small Qinghai registered charity, is amazing. Officially formed and registered in 2015, SHAMTSE is focused on projects bringing hope and a future to children who, without help, will fall through the cracks. SHAMTSE means “good charity” in English, and attempts to emphasize the importance of full accountability and transparency. It also means putting in place solutions that solve problems, rather than purely aid. We believe they are doing this and we are very happy to be partnering with them.
Shenzhen Charity Federation (SCF) is a Chinese registered charity that has existed since 2004. In 2015, Captivating was honored to become an approved charity fund under the SCF banner. This improves our transparency and legitimacy in China and enables a clear tracking of funding flow between Captivating and our project partners.
Tiny Hands International is a Nepal-based charity partner focused on anti-human trafficking programs. In 2014, Captivating and Tiny Hands began piloting border monitoring stations on the Nepal/China border – work that still continues today. Tiny Hands is a wonderful organization doing amazing work and we are proud of our partnership with Doug, John and the entire team.