The Professional Fellows Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a two-way capacity building exchange for emerging NGO leaders in China and Mongolia in the fields of the environment, legal aid, philanthropy, and community building among marginalized populations. The National Committee will work with NGO's in the United States, China, and Mongolia to carry out the program with a total of 22 Asian fellows and 14 American counterparts.
In 1987, the Committee welcomed a delegation from the China Fund for the Handicapped. Headed by its founder and director, Deng Pufang (the son of Deng Xiaoping), himself wheelchair-bound as a result of a fall from a fourth-floor window during the Cultural Revolution, the delegation made stops in New York, D.C., Florida, and California, where it met with a host of national and local leaders, including President Ronald Reagan, Senator Ted Kennedy, and L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley. Then-NCUSCR president and delegation escort Art Rosen said Deng saw the trip as part of his mission "to raise public consciousness in China and the world to the problems of the handicapped."