Guangzhou “frees” fundraisers

The Standing Committee of the Guangzhou Municipality People’s Congress passed “Guangzhou Municipality’s Fundraising Regulations” that expands fundraising activities for all social organizations and public institutions engaged in the charitable or “public welfare” field within Guangzhou. In ...

A human resource system for Beijing’s 7500 social organizations

The Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau announced plans to establish a human resource system for the 120,000 full-time staff working in the city’s 7,500 plus social organizations. Unlike government agencies, public institutions and enterprises, social organizations ...

Shanghai will experiment with direct registration and management of social organizations

The Shanghai Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau announced that it will experiment this year with direct registration and management of social organizations. This announcement follows on the heels of a similar announcement by Guangdong provincial Civil Affairs ...

Major charitable projects should be audited and the results made public

In an effort to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public welfare sector, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a Notice which calls for major charitable projects to be audited after ...

Vagueness in the Definition of Charitable Organizations may Delay the Release of a “Problematic” Charity Law

This article interviews scholars and officials concerning the Charity Law which is still under review at the State Council. It notes that the recent scandals in China’s philanthropy sector may hasten the passage of the Charity ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs: Support Public Welfare and Charitable Social Organizations to Directly Register

This article cites Li Liguo, the Minister of Civil Affairs calling for other localities to promote the Guangdong experience at a national Civil Affairs Work Conference held December 23, 2011. In doing so, he raises the ...

Lowering the threshold: Foshan NGOs no longer have difficulty finding a “mother-in-law”

This article reports on recent announced changes in Foshan city’s management of social organizations. In anticipation of province-wide reforms in the registration and management of social organizations, Foshan is decentralizing authority to register and manage ...

Guangdong Further Lowers the Threshold for Registration of Social Organizations

The Guangdong Civil Affairs department announced a Guangdong Province Program to Further Develop and Standardize Management of Social Organizations that would loosen restrictions on registration for a range of social organizations. Liu Hong, the Civil ...

One NGO has its registration rejected six times and Party Secretary Wang Yang warns against “presuming guilt”

According to a report in Nanfang Daily, Wang Yang, the Party Secretary of Guangdong criticized the Dongguan NGO Management bureau for rejecting the application of a charitable NGO six times because the name of the ...

The 11th National People’s Congress Standing Committee includes the Charity and the Anti-Domestic Violence laws in its legislative plan

This article reports that the Charity Law will be put on the 11th National People’s Congress legislative agenda for 2011. The report notes that the NPC generally agrees with the Ministry of Civil Affairs draft of ...

China’s Philanthropy Sector has Encountered an Unprecedented Crisis of Confidence Says the Media

This frank discussion of government dominance and interference in China’s nonprofit, philanthropic sector does not say anything that has not been said before. What is interesting about this article is that it appears in the Communist ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs sees potential for three types of social organizations to register directly

The May 24 issue of Beijing News quotes the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, as saying social organizations in the categories of philanthropy, social welfare and social services, may soon be able to register ...

Seeking Truth Article: Social Management Cannot Fall Into the Trap of Civil Society

This article in the May 17 issue of the theoretical journal, Seeking Truth (Qiushi) is written by an official in the Communist Party’s powerful Political and Legal Committee, and expresses a concern among conservatives about ...

YU Keping: Better use of NGOs predicted

BRUSSELS – The government will rely more on non-governmental organizations in building a harmonious society, according to an influential political thinker. Several million unregistered social organizations operate nationwide, Yu Keping said, and the government will ...