＊ The purpose for the Friends of Soochow Foundation is to
- Assist qualified graduates of Soochow University, Taipei, to pursue higher academic degree (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., etc.) and training in American educational institutions
- Encourage and assist American scholars to teach, study, and research at Soochow University
- Assist Soochow University faculty members to teach, study, and research at American institutions of higher learning, and
- Aid Soochow University in its educational programs, otherwise.
Dr. Edward Rada began to teach in Soochow, Taipei, in the Fall Semester of 1961, at the same time he had a research position with the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR). Two-third of his UCLA salary came as sabbatical-leave pay.
Observing how Soochow University was struggling financially in 1962, he asked then president, Dr. C. Y. Stone, if there were something that he might do for Soochow after he returned to USA. Dr. Stone's reply was 'I can't tell you what to do; you have to decide that for yourself'. Dr. Rada thought about the idea for a year before making inquiries among some of his close Methodist friends if they might be interested in starting such an organization. One thing he was determined about was that if it started, it had to be lasting - not in and out.
Having returned to UCLA the next year, with a vision and faith, three of them filed papers for the incorporation of the Friends of Soochow in the State of California in 1963 as a nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt status. Later, they obtained tax-exempt privilege from the U.S. Internal Revenue Services. The three were Robert A. Rogers, the Chief Financial Officers of UCLA, Dr. Donald W. Odell, attorney, and Dr. Edward Rada, Economics Professor of UCLA.
As such, The Friends of Soochow Foundation has started help the Soochow University financially and academically since 1963.
＊ Tax Deductible
The Friends of Soochow is a tax-exempt charitable 501(c)(3) organization in the United States. All donations of any kinds are tax-deductible to the full extent granted by the U.S. Law.
For donations, please email Gifts@FriendsOfSoochow.org for details.
Send your check with Name, Address, SCU Major/Year to:
Payable to - Freinds of Soochow
P.O. Box 1337
Torrance, CA 90505
You will receive a US tax deductible receipt from Freinds of Soochow and another thank you letter from Taipei SCU.
As well Your contributions of full amout (in New Taiwan $) will be published in the next issue of SCU Alum Magazine and Newsletter.