Being one of the co-founders of Acer, other than being the wife to Mr. Stan Shih, Ms. Carolyn Yeh also takes on different roles whether for work, in life or towards society, including the Chairwoman for Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and the CEO of StanShih Foundation, where she personally devotes herself to charity public welfare for continuous several decades.
It is commonly seen for entrepreneurs and their wives to attend social charities, but the wife of Mr. Stan Shih, Ms. Carolyn Yeh has been deeply involved in charity for the past several decades. Through the close conversation with Mrs. Shih this day, I not only sense her kindhearted and upright personality, but also felt the warmth from her caring towards culture within her words. Devoted to public welfare for several decades, Mrs. Shih further had a 30-year relation with Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation. She explained why she agreed to act as director for the foundation with a gentle smile, and she said that she learnt from friends that Dr. Noordhoff hopes to help more craniofacial children from families in economic stress, which by accessing appropriate medical treatment and assistance. Mrs. Shih agrees with Dr. Noordhoof’s principles already joined as Chairwoman for the foundation during the preparation stage, where she only raised one principle, and that is the accounting must be clear with professional accountant’s approval. Mrs. Shih explained: “Standing from the donors’ point of view, it is a vital principle for the financial affairs to be transparent, as credibility only comes with transparent accounts and stringent discipline”, thus Mrs. Shih’s stringent and upright attitude may be seen from this point.
She smiled and said modestly, that she actually learnt a great deal of professionalism towards implementation and execution, planning ability as well as being particular about the efficacy of assistance from Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation. Therefore, with a lot of benefits she has gained, she established the abilities towards consideration and judgment for charity sponsorships. Being one of the most famous entrepreneurs in Taiwan, President Shih and his wife often encounter assistance demands from various types of foundations and charity groups. Mrs. Shih stated that she has her own set of screening standards towards what type of foundation to join. Amongst these, she places the most emphasis on operating management, financial affairs and implementing personnel quality…etc., while the same evaluating principles are also implemented towards the public welfare projects privately sponsored by Mrs. Shih, she also has a team to select, approve and trace the projects she has sponsored.
“Teaching you how to fish is better than giving you a fish” is one of the principles Mrs. Shih holds when devoting herself to charity projects, and spending money to solve issues was never the attitude for Mrs. Shih. The groups or projects she sponsored are usually those that often only require a little push to make it work pay attention on, she is always willing to be the motivational push, and she each project under sponsorship, thereby facing charity sponsorship with a responsible attitude.
Due to the belief towards the promotion of goodwill, Mrs. Shih especially values the development of education in rural townships and children’s education, as well as the promotion of culture, hoping children or groups who once received help during their toughest times may make a contribution back to society to promote positive development after they grew up steadily and strongly. In Mrs. Shih’s heart, the more she becomes involved in public welfare events, the more she learns that there are just too many people in society that require assistance or resources, and that the help she could provide on her own is limited. Yet Mrs. Shih still holds tightly onto the principle that charity is not giving out mercy but offering the most effective assistance, hoping to introduce positive energy to society for the development towards more positive direction via own caring and contribution towards society, and this is maybe the so-called entrepreneur demeanor.