Purpose & Mission


Support for various foundations, including The Foremost Foundation, was started nearly three decades ago by Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao and Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao.  Their work continues today through the efforts of the Family.  The key focus of the Foundation is to help young people access higher education thus greater opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their families and become better leaders in a rapidly changing international global community.  A second focus area of the foundations is to promote U. S. -Asia cultural exchanges.  A third focus area is to support healthcare initiatives to ensure greater coordination, better communication to ensure the best quality of care to the vulnerable in our society.


About Dr. James S.C. Chao, Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao & Family

James S.C. Chao is an industrialist who, with his late wife, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, a scholar in Asian History and Literature, are philanthropists whose charitable giving has focused on education, U.S.-China cultural exchanges and healthcare. Starting with the family and the home, all six of Dr. and Mrs. Chao’s daughters received undergraduate and graduate degrees from prestigious American universities including four who attended the MBA Program at Harvard Business School (HBS): Elaine Chao: Mt. Holyoke College. HBS; Jeanette Chao: Smith College. MBA, College of William and Mary; May Chao: Wellesley College. HBS; Christine Chao: Colgate University. JD, Columbia Law School; Grace Chao: Wellesley College. HBS. Ph.D in Anthropology, Columbia University; Angela Chao: Harvard College. HBS.