The Foundation

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
– Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

The Foundation


Guiding Principles

  • The Hefner Foundation is driven by the interests and passions of Robert and MeiLi Hefner.
  • We fund projects in the areas of: Foreign Affairs, Environment & Global Ecosystem, Education, Culture and Clean Energy.
  • We build long-term positive relations between the United States and China – a relationship we believe to be the defining global relationship for centuries to come.
  • The necessity of unbounded thinking so that our research can take us wherever nature leads.
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