about us

The Enlight Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2004 and based in Palo Alto, California. The foundation takes a metrics-driven, values-based and collaborative approach to philanthropy. In addition to looking for organizations with a strong team, proven track record and sound financials, we place a premium on those that embrace cross-organizational partnerships as a way to accelerate learning, achieve scale, gain efficiencies, and increase collective impact.


Enlight supports organizations that prepare the world’s youth to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges of our increasingly complex, interconnected and interdependent world.  We do this by supporting programs that 1) train and empower youth as social entrepreneurs and changemakers; 2) provide advanced education opportunities for underserved populations; and 3) strengthen rural communities through early education initiatives to alleviate rural poverty.


LIU XIN is the co-founder and president of the Enlight Foundation. Educated in China and the United States, Ms. Liu is an award-winning photojournalist on both continents. As a writer and photojournalist for China Youth Daily from 1990 to 1993, she became the first female staff photojournalist working for a Chinese national newspaper, documenting women and children’s educational conditions throughout the mainland.

In 1993, after winning top awards in several international competitions. Ms. Liu was invited to the U.S. to work at the Baltimore Sun. She subsequently interned at the Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Syracuse newspapers while completing graduate studies at Syracuse University and Ohio University.

After three years of working as a staff photojournalist at the Palm Beach Post, Ms. Liu freelanced in China for Time Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune Magazine, among others from 1998 to 2002.

With her background working in the field as a journalist for a dozen years in both countries, Ms. Liu has experienced education inequality both in China and the U.S.. She has committed her life to engaging youth for social change and strengthening rural communities through action driven research and education.

Liu Xin, co-founder and president of Enlight Foundation.