Educational Resources & Referrals China

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Educational Resources and Referrals - China (ERRChina) is a non-profit organization committed to building bridges through education and research. Over the years, we've developed a wide range of programs and events that bring together students, teachers, researchers, and the general public across both sides of the Pacific.

For 35 years, ERRChina has recruited, sent, and supported experienced Western educators to teach at China's top universities. University Teaching Program partners have included universities in bustling Chinese cities as well as colleges in the rural Chinese countryside.

For 25 years, ERRChina's China Academic Consortium (CAC) has nurtured Chinese and Western scholars, cultivating fertile ground for cross-cultural exchange and research, and serving the general public's understanding of China and Chinese Christianity.

Contact information

Mailing address:
3824 Buell St.
Ste B
Oakland, CA 94619


Phone: 510-486-8170


Organization details

EIN: 943020044

CEO/President: Ms. Martha Chan

Chairman: Tim Hesler

Board size: 8

Founder: Ms. Martha Chan

Ruling year: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1997


Educational Resources & Referrals China ("ERRC") is a non-profit educational organization with a long-term commitment to China's future leaders. ERRC ministers to these future leaders through international cross-cultural services that meet felt and real needs. They place qualified North American Christian professionals and teachers in leading educational institutions in China. ERRC aspires to be a bridge between cultures and between worldviews. ERRC endeavors to select field partners that will be respected for their life-style, integrity, and professional excellence. ERRC's programs offer an array of short-term (from two weeks) and long-term (to career-long) opportunities in teaching (almost any subject, including English), tutoring, and studying positions.

Mission statement

Educational Resources & Referrals - CHINA cites it's mission statement and key values as the following:

Educational Resources and Referrals-China (ERRC) is a nonprofit organization that offers educational services and academic resources to China. ERRC sends teachers, professionals, and academicians to serve in educational institutions in China. ERRC plans and administrates long-term programs, short-term seminars, conferences, and educational events that are both local and international, culturally relevant, and compatible with the key values endorsed by the board.

Teachers and experts sent by ERRC are expected to learn Chinese culture and language while they share their expertise, friendship, and Christian love in their professional and personal relationships.

Key Values

1. Excellence in Teaching
2. Professionalism in Service
3. Christian Servanthood
4. Integrity
5. Humility
6. Team Development
7. Individual Development
8. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity
9. Faith Ministry
10. Genuine Love

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating435 of 99928 of 73
Fund acquisition rating311 of 100118 of 73
Resource allocation rating820 of 100156 of 73
Asset utilization rating259 of 99920 of 73

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$816$1,841$2,748$4,027$3,897
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$254,305$178,871$114,799$89,684$41,500
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$780$2,197$4,118$3,156$1,670
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$780$2,197$4,118$3,156$1,670
Total assets$255,085$181,068$118,917$92,840$43,170
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$255,085$181,068$118,917$92,840$43,170
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$255,085$181,068$118,917$92,840$43,170
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Total contributions$474,835$470,177$459,501$486,039$500,835
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$229$69$1,418$20$2,523
Total other revenue$229$69$1,418$20$2,523
Total revenue$475,064$470,246$460,919$486,059$503,358
Program services$288,052$320,146$349,412$376,203$409,906
Management and general$84,829$65,207$62,542$49,712$86,296
Total expenses$401,047$408,095$434,842$439,382$507,165
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Surplus (deficit)$74,017$62,151$26,077$46,677($3,807)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$74,017$62,151$26,077$46,677($3,807)


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1981 - Founding President Martha Chan, after immigrating to the US from Taiwan, visits Mainland China and envisions connecting Western Professors with Chinese universities.

1986 - Educational Resources and Referrals - China (ERRC) founded in Northern California.

1987 - First team of American educators sent to China.

1995 - ERRC Educational Society in Canada established in British Columbia.

1996 - China Academic Consortium (CAC) fellowship founded.

2006 - Beijing Summer Teaching program established. First-ever Vision Trip.

2010 - Chinese youth summer camp J-Life in Northern California established.

2011 - Chinese Worldview Seminar course in Beijing and Xian established.

2020 - "Challenges of a Growing Church in China - Exploration of Future Directions" global research project begins. Most programs and events adapt and move online due to the global health crisis.

2021 - ERRChina celebrates 35 years of building bridges through education, research, and cross-cultural exchange!

TODAY - We continue to provide important meaningful opportunities for important and meaningful research, build our community through virtual and hybrid events, nurture Chinese and North American scholars worldwide, and teach university students in China during the global health crisis.

Program accomplishments

Teacher Program:

  • ERRC has placed Christian teachers and experts in various fields to match their training and experience since '86.
  • They negotiate individualized contracts for its field partners.
  • They have developed long-term relationships with 40 key universities in eight major cities in China.
  • ERRC provides pastoral care and is concerned with the spiritual growth of each field partner.
  • ERRC provides orientation training and cross-cultural counseling for smooth adjustment to China.
  • They provide continuous support services to teachers and encourage a close relationship with the home office.
  • They promote a caring community among its field partners even when geographically separated.
  • ERRC mentors field partners in the development of an in-depth understanding of China and fosters long-term commitments.
China Academic Consortium:

  • CAC links Western teachers and lecturers to religious studies departments of Chinese universities. CAC also invites Chinese faculty to educational institutions in the United States and Canada for their own scholarship development and enrichment.
  • CAC provides books to religious studies programs in China for use by students and faculty.
  • CAC organizes and sponsors international conferences focused on comparative values and ethics studies.
  • While many Chinese publishers have published books related to Christianity, the limited number of printed copies of these books, along with their limited distribution, makes it difficult for China's academic institutions and overseas research institutions to discover these rich resources. For this reason, CAC has undertaken the task of systematically collecting and summarizing these books. CAC will soon maintain an annotated bibliography of Chinese scholars' publications in China and post it on this web site.
Other Projects:

  • ERRC organizes an annual Vision Trip, where participants can meet Field Partners and learn firsthand about their life and work as teachers in Chinese universities.
  • ERRC coordinates Summer Cultural/Language Exchange Programs and a Youth English Camp in China. The program enables North American Christian college students to develop relationships with Chinese youth.
  • In collaboration with Western Seminary of San Jose, ERRC offers a 30-hour course on "Ministry to Mainland Chinese."


ERRC gives it's ministry needs as the following:

  • Become a prayer partner.
  • Tell your church or a friend about ERRC.
  • Volunteer in one of their offices in Berkeley or Vancouver.
  • Become a Financial Partner - ERRC operation and their Field Partners rely on donor's financial support.
  • Join an ERRC Program - the programs are open to students, teachers, professionals, retirees, and anyone with a heart for God's work in China.