Richard and Eric Dong Endowment Fund

About the Endowment Fund

The Richard and Eric Dong Endowment Fund at the International Leadership Foundation supports ILF Program Scholarships, Leadership Training, the US-China relations, and Global Democracy & Governance Initiatives especially in Asian countries. The Endowment Fund will help to nurture the spirit of the ILF and hope to generate more support from the Asian American community.

A Message from Richard and Eric

President John F. Kennedy once said “Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. On the occasion of JFK100, it is our great honor to initiate the Richard and Eric Dong Endowment Fund to show our support, respect, gratitude and friendship to ILF.  It is in honor of Mr. Joel Szabat & Ms. Chiling Tong, the founders of ILF, for their strong leadership, dedication, and commitment over the years since 2000.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” We believe education and leadership are keys for a great country like America, yet neither is possible without support from everyone. As such, our family is very proud that our investment earnings can create this endowment fund to expand ILF’s mission. We believe this is just the beginning of a long journey. With team work, we hope more students, fellows, alumni, parents, business leaders, and the whole community will support ILF in education and leadership training for the next generation of Asian Pacific American leaders, for us, and for the future! Together we can make the world a better place!

About Richard and Eric

Richard ( rising Junior ) and Eric Dong ( rising Sophomore ) are both high school students at San Marino High School (SMHS). Starting at the age of six under Ms. Michelle Santoso and Mr. Jeffery Lavner, Richard and Eric have both become fantastic piano players, having both performed with Lang Lang at the Disney Concert Hall in LA on July 11th, 2016. Furthermore, the brothers are both members of their school swimming team, winning a myriad of competitions and both reaching the finals or winning the 2014 SCMAF (Southern California Municipal Athletics Federation) Swimming Championships. Richard and Eric Dong are also both part of the school speech and debate team, with both brothers’ topics being chosen as the Legislation for the Preliminary Session at the 41st Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in 2015.

In addition to their academic, athletic, and musical successes, Richard and Eric are active supporters and volunteers for ILF. Beginning their community service in Washington, D.C. in 2014, the brothers continued their volunteerism at the 2016 Presidential Town Hall in Las Vegas, ILF Business Seminar, and ILF National Gala.

Since 2010, Richard and Eric Dong have begun to learn investment strategies. With their investment earnings, they have established three endowment funds in their middle school, high school, and the ILF  to support student scholarships, extracurricular, student organizations, teacher appreciation, leadership training, and Democracy/Governance initiatives.

Special Gratitude

We would like to extend our gratitude to Dean John M. Thomas and Susan Thomas, Matt and Ariel Clemons, Steve Powell, Mike and Lucy Gu, George and Martha He, Mev and Jonathon Porter, Crosby and Stephen Peng, and Enoch and Wendy for their participation in the endowment fund.

Speech by Richard and Eric Dong