About Us

The Daofeng and Angela Foundation (DAF) is registered as a philanthropic grant-making foundation under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and was founded in 2016 in the State of Maryland.

What We Fund

Comparative Research on Faith & Religion

We conduct and fund comparative research and communication in Religions between East and West in order to promote cross-cultural understanding of faith and belief systems. We are especially interested in research that results in practical methods that can guide believers to take action.

Research & Practice of Universal Values

We fund research into and practice universal values in today’s public sphere, conserving the values of liberty, equity, fairness, justice and love, which we believe are the bedrock of society.

Research & Conservation of Tangible and Intangible Heritage and Tradition

We fund research into and conservation of traditional heritage and values, including rehabilitating buildings of historical interest, educational activities, and projects that preserve Eastern and Western traditional values.

Founder Story

Daofeng He


Mr. Daofeng He is originally from Yunnan, China. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yunnan University and a master’s degree in economics from Fudan University, China. In the 1980s, he worked for the famous think tank—The Research Center For Rural Development of the State Council of China. In 1992, he founded Sinoway Investment Corporation Limited and was the chairman until 2016. During 1994-2000, he was the director and founder of the Human Resources Development Center of Western China, which was involved in the World Bank’s project of labor mobility from the poverty area to the Coast areas. In this project, Mr. He pioneered the idea to mobilize 610,000 poor laborers to work at the manufacturing factories in the coastal regions from 61 poor counties of Western China. In 1998, Mr. He led Sinoway Co. to acquire the bankrupted Kangfu Pharmaceutical Factory and rebuild it as Sinoway Pharmaceutical Co., and Mr. He served as the chairman until 2017. In 2001, Sinoway Co. acquired the bankrupted Sinobright (Group) Co., Ltd on the public lists, and Mr. He served as its chairman until 2016.

In 1999, Mr. He joined the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) as a volunteer. With his leadership, the CFPA developed to be the leader of the philanthropic industry in China from several aspects, such as the effective management and innovation of charity projects, international aid, industry self-disciplining, and microfinance poverty reduction, etc. Mr. He initiated the microfinance poverty alleviation project with the World Bank in 1996. He transformed it into a program when he took over CFPA in 1999; the program was involved as CD Finance Co. LTD, which is well known as the best social enterprise in China. To make CD Finance stronger and more significant, Mr. He separately invited IFC of World Bank Group, Ant Financial, and Sequoia Capital as shareholders from 2011 to 2016. The CD Finance has risen as the largest social enterprise in China, annually providing approximately $2 billion of micro-loans and self-reliance improvement services to near 500,000 women in rural China before Mr. He’s final departure from the board in 2018. Mr. He also served as the chairman of the China Foundation Center from 2014 to 2017. He collaborated with Mr. Yongguang Xui to build the CFC as a third-party information disclosure platform for all of China’s Charity Foundations.

He led CFPA for 17 years, declining a salary, and reformed CFPA into an independent NGO with poverty reduction and humanitarian aid programs in China and ten other countries. The fundraising grew from $2.5 million in 1999 to $90 million in 2015 while Mr. He resigned from the executive president position.

Mr. He has gradually resigned from the above positions since 2016 and moved to Maryland, United States, for leisure, reading, and writing. After retirement, in 2016, he founded a family charity foundation, “Daofeng & Angela Foundation,” and has made remarkable achievements in the leadership training, capacity building, and international cooperation of non-profit organizations (NPO) in China.

In 2019, Mr. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House for his outstanding service to fellow Americans and those most in need. The same year, Mr. He received three more awards, including the United Nations NGO/Department of Public Information’s Outstanding Achievement Award for International Alleviation, the Global Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award at the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Summit in New York, and the International Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Award in Washington, DC.


Our Team


Daofeng He

President & Chairman of the Board

DAOFENG HE is an author, entrepreneur, economist, philanthropist, and policy researcher, who was born in Yunnan, a rural province in southwest China, and currently resides in Bethesda, MD.

Mr. He has been published extensively in China. The Human Calling is his first book published in the United States.


Angela He

Vice President & Board Member

Angela, Daofeng’s wife, has lived in the USA for over 20 years. During Hurricane Katrina, she opened her home to humanitarian aid organizations. She has done significant volunteer work while raising her two children. She is especially keen on participating in philanthropic projects related to historical and cultural values.

“Helping and receiving help are equally important in our daily lives. “


Xuemei Feng

Board Member

Xuemei Feng is a working mom in the Houston area. She has worked as an environmental engineer in a manufacturing chemical plant since obtaining her Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science and Engineering in 2012. . She has been part of the Daofeng & Angela Foundation since 2017 and enjoys the voluntary work! She played an important role of the liasion during Hurricane Harvey to ensure the roof repair project got funded within three weeks after the hurricane.


Barry Cui

Accounting Partner/HR Director

Barry Cui is a professional senior financial accountant. As a professional contractor, he provides accounting and HR advice to the Foundation and also provides capacity building support for grassroots non-profit organizations funded by the foundation.


Ying Ye

Intercultural Philanthropic Communication Specialist

Ying has more than 12 years working experiences in the philanthropy field. She holds a master’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Fudan University, and a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from Lilly Family School at Indiana University. She used to study at Fengchia University in Taiwan as an exchange student and worked as a journalist and editor for the Chinese edition of Reader’s Digest. She has extensive practical experience in philanthropic communication, public relations, project management, volunteer organization and mobilization.

Our Vision

To become a philanthropic grant-making foundation that focuses on preserving the conservative roots of the universal values.

Awards & Accolades

Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

The winner of the Second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize is He Daofeng, executive president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and chair of the China Foundation Center. The winner was announced on 27 March at an awards ceremony at the WINGSForum 2014, held 27-29 March in Istanbul. The award is given to only one person worldwide each year.

Outstanding Achievement Award for International Poverty Alleviation

On August 30, 2019 at the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, Mr. He received the “Outstanding Achievement Award for International Poverty Alleviation” presented by The Co-Chair of the 67/68 United Nations Civil society Conference and The Chair of United Nation NGODPI Executive Committee (Bruce Knotts), and Chinese Committee of the 68th UN CSC2019 Chinese NGO Foundation.

Global Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award

Mr. He received the Global Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit hosted in the Nelson Mandela Conference Room at the auspice of the Mission of the Federal Republic of Sierra Leone in New York. The purpose of the conference was to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women in enhancing educational, cultural, and rural community development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

In December 2019 Mr. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities Virtual Press Conference Advocacy Speaker

On May 26, 2020, Daofeng He , Lead Donor, Life Preservation Initiative were invited to join in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities virtual press conference convened by grassroots Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and UnitedUSA, and give a speech to share the story of volunteers of LPI, and call for volunteerism.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Advocacy Speaker

On May 28, 2020, Mr. Daofeng He, the founder and president of Daofeng and Angela Foundation,  was invited to attend the Maryland Mayor’s News Conference, Mr. He shared the work Life Preservation Initiative (LPI) has done during the COVID-19 fight. LPI is sponsored by Daofeng&Angela Foundation and Mr. He is also one of the directors for LPI.

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