Smile Angel Foundation

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Smile Angel Foundation
Logo of Smile Angel Foundation
FoundedNovember 21, 2006
FounderLi Yapeng and Faye Wong
FocusChildren born with clefts
Area served
People's Republic of China
¥74,659,954.00 RMB
(from 1 November 2006 to 31 December 2011)[1]
Endowment¥58,810,621.93 RMB
(from 1 November 2006 to 31 December 2011)[1]
WebsiteSmile Angel Foundation

Smile Angel Foundation (Chinese: 嫣然天使基金; pinyin: Yānrán Tiānshǐ Jījīn; sometimes Yanran Angel Foundation) is a Beijing-based charity founded in 2006 by Li Yapeng and Faye Wong to help Chinese children born with clefts.[2] It is affiliated with the Red Cross Society of China. The foundation is named after the couple's daughter, Li Yan, who was born in the same year with severe clefts and underwent corrective surgery in the United States.[3][4]

By 2007, the foundation had raised 35 million renminbi, including 29.5 million from auctions at its first two December fundraisers.[5] It had assisted more than 2,000 children by 2008,[6] and about 7,000 by mid-2010. Since 2008, the charity has worked with eight urban hospitals to make an annual journey to remote areas of China, providing free operations to children of poor famililies.[7] In April 2010, it was recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs as one of the 20 most influential charity projects in 2009.[8]

On 1 December 2011, the foundation teamed up with Germany's Philharmonie der Nationen and held a charity concert in Shanghai for the 5th anniversary of the foundation.

In 2012, the charity established Beijing Smile Angel Children's Hospital, China's first charity hospital for children. It will offer free surgeries to 600 children with cleft lip each year.[9] It has about 180 physicians and nurses, 10 percent of whom are volunteers.[10]


  1. ^ a b (in Chinese) Zhongwei Certified Public Accountants, "Smile Angel Foundation's 2011 Annual Financial Report", published by the Chinese Red Cross Foundation
  2. ^ "Pop Stars Gather to Donate for 'Smile Angel'". Xinhua. 27 December 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Stars to Lighten Charity Banquet for 'Smile Angel'". CRI. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ Pop diva Faye Wong launches foundation for children with harelip,, 21 November 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  5. ^ Faye Wong Shines at the Smileangel Foundation Fundraising Ball, Raises 20.29 Million (in Chinese) (with pictures). China News, 9 December 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2007.
  6. ^ Li Yapeng and Faye Wong Goes to Tibet to Help Smile Angel Foundation's 2008th Child (in Chinese). Xinhuanet, 27 November 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  7. ^ 'Smile angels' get busy, China Daily, 1 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  8. ^ 2009 annual China Charity Award winners (in Chinese), Ministry of Civil Affairs, 26 March 2010
  9. ^ Requirement for more charity hospitals
  10. ^ Charity hospitals focus on children's well-being

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