Keyword: Civil Society

Outlining the Development of the Chinese Charity Sector in 2015

Outlining the Development of the Chinese Charity Sector in 2015

This article from the Blue Book of Philanthropy 2015 provides a general overview of the trends and developments of the Chinese philanthropic sector over 2015, from the Charity Law and the explosion of online donations to the continuing scandals over malpractice and misuse of funds.

Medical centre for children’s eye care built in Tibet

Medical centre for children’s eye care built in Tibet

On August 26 a permanent medical centre for children’s eye care was launched at the People’s Hospital of Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, as part of the Eye Care Action Program. The center is the result of an agreement which the Hoson Foundation and the Beijing Children’s Hospital, subordinated to the Capital Medical University, respectively signed with the People’s Hospital of Lhasa. According to the agreement, the medical centre aims to popularise eyesight examinations for children, build a case system, spread eye care knowledge for children, assist eye care research in high altitude areas and carry out telemedicine and medical training. The building of the permanent eye care centre …read more

China to reform regulations on social organisations

On August 21, the General Office of the Communist Party of China (GOCPC) and the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (GOSCPRC) jointly issued a document entitled ‘Opinions on the Reform of the Regulations on Social Organisation to Promote a Sound and Orderly Development”. The document, which will act as a de facto guideline, reaffirms the role of social organisations in social development, and requires a series of reforms. It stresses their strategic importance and urgency, as the “sound and orderly development of social organisations” helps improve the socialist market economy, consolidate the CPC’s governing foundation, promote public services and stimulate social vitality. The document …read more

Philanthropy after the Charity Law – New perspectives and challenges

This is a summary of an article. Click 善达网 on the right to see the original article in Chinese. This article argues that China’s Charity Law heralds a new era in philanthropy, which is a strong vehicle for China’s social transformation. It summarizes the new patterns, perspectives, and challenges facing the third sector, as they were raised by some important figures at the eighth China Private Foundation Forum (Jiangsu) recently held in Nanjing. ▼ New patterns Wang Zhenyao, the Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, claimed during the Forum that the cornerstone of the new era is the philanthropic economy, and the logic behind the philanthropic economy is that social …read more

Knock-off charity groups exposed

In March 2016, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs disclosed a list on which a number of charity associations were confirmed to be knock-offs and illegal. This led to the media conducting further investigations into those organisations. It was found that although some knock-off associations have shut down their websites, there are still some running and updating their information. For instance, the China Economic Development & Exchange Association, confirmed to be illegal by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, keeps attending international activities and affirming that they are endorsed by the Chinese government. The China Commonwealth General Association, another one of these unlicensed associations, closed its website after the list was released. However a sub-association of the CCGA in Nantong has …read more

Doing Charity in China's Poshest Neighbourhood

Doing Charity in China’s Poshest Neighbourhood

What is it like to conduct charity work in China’s most fancy and cosmopolitan neighbourhood? This article reviews the development of community organizations in Beijing’s Sanlitun sub-district.

Li Zhiqiang: the three elements of a social enterprise

Li Zhiqiang: the three elements of a social enterprise

Li Zhiqiang, the co-founder and first chairman of Aurora Social Enterprise, shared his views on social enterprises in a recent article in the Chinese media, written to help people gain a more specific understanding of the concept. There isn’t a common understanding of social enterprises in China, but some basic criteria can still be taken into consideration when defining a social enterprise. As he argues, a social enterprises should be a business aimed at a social purpose, rather than an enterprise which simply makes use of a social purpose to do business, or a not-for-profit enterprise. A social enterprise should thus include (but not be limited to) three elements, which are as …read more

2015: Public Welfare and Gender

2015: Public Welfare and Gender

This article from the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s annual Blue Book of Philanthropy describes how gender issues came back to the fore in China’s non-profit sector over 2015, after years of being consigned to the back burner.

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

On August 3rd, the Ali Research and Alibaba Foundation unveiled a Report on China’s Green Consumers in 2016. According to the report, the Internet has become the paramount arena for green consumption. By the end of 2015, the number of green consumers online had reached 65 million, increasing by 14 times over the previous four years. Consequently, the Alibaba retail platforms achieved 30 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduction during 2015. The report defines ‘Green Consumers’ as those who are mindful of the ecosystem and the environment and are willing and capable of purchasing green products. As China’s first big data analysis on the subject, the report draws on the …read more

Annual meeting on CSR in China organized by Southern Weekly

The eighth annual meeting on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China, hosted by Southern Weekly, drew to a successful close on July 29 in Beijing. Government agents, corporate representatives, NGO and media workers concerned with corporate social responsibility, and philanthropic and social enterprises from China and abroad gathered again this year to discuss how to create a consensus on the topic of CSR. The mental health and protection of left-behind children was the most followed topic of the conference. Southern Weekly published a series of special reports on China’s left-behind children in March 2016, when the ideas of people from all sectors who care for these children were collected in …read more

An Interview with Adrian Sargeant: Fundraising and Donor Loyalty

An Interview with Adrian Sargeant: Fundraising and Donor Loyalty

Professor Adrian Sargeant, world renown authority on fundraising and donor psychology, talks with CDB about how fundraising can be made more responsive to the needs of the donors, and about some of the issues facing the charity sector in China and worldwide.

Fundraising, Connecting for Good: China's annual fundraising conference held

Fundraising, Connecting for Good: China’s annual fundraising conference held

China’s second annual Fundraising Conference, themed “Fundraising, Connecting for Good”, took place in Beijing on the 28th to 29th of July 2016. 300 fundraising experts, business marketing specialists, and frontline fundraisers gathered for an exchange of ideas on fundraising. The conference was jointly organized by Narada Foundation, One Foundation, China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation, Dunhe Foundation, Alibaba Charity Fund, and Recende Fundraising Research Center. The two-day event underlined five key issues: “the way”, “the principle”, “the time”, “the method”, and “the people”, in other words, the theoretical and practical development of the fundraising sector, fundraising opportunities in the Internet Age, fundraising tools and modes, and the career path of professional fundraisers. …read more

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Five topics that provide a quick grasp of the crucial developments in philanthropic legislation and legal practice in China during the first half of 2016.

Milestone for public interest lawsuits as Chinese company fined for causing air pollution

On July 20, the Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Dezhou, Shandong Province, ordered the Jinghua Group Zhenhua Decoration Glass Limited Company to pay nearly 3.3 million dollars for its excessive emission of pollutants. More than a hundred tonnes of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and smoke dust were emitted, exceeding the maximum stipulated by regulations. The All-China Environmental Federation (ACEF), which brought up the lawsuit in March 2015, based the potential amount of damages on the offending company’s operating costs, with the hope that the case can provide a route to successful public interest litigation in the future. Ma Yong, the former deputy head of ACEF’s Environmental Legal Services …read more

The accreditation of China’s social enterprises

This recent article by the China Philanthropy Research Institute examines the controversy over the accreditation of social enterprises in China. There are still many disputes on whether to set any standard criteria for social enterprises and how exactly to conduct accreditation in China. All the same, a wave of rapid developments in this field has occurred since last year. The first private accreditation guide for social enterprises, the China Charity Fair Social Enterprise Accreditation Guide (中国慈展会社会企业认证办法), was initiated and published last September by five social organizations, including the China Philanthropy Research Institute. Seven organizations were then accredited as social enterprises in line with the guide. However, the small number and scale …read more

China's first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

China’s first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

According to statistics, light pollution has deprived two thirds of world’s city dwellers of the chance to see the constellations and the Milky Way. Excessive artificial lighting also affects the physical and psychological health of human and animals alike, and disturbs ecosystems. In response to these emerging issues, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has given birth to a pilot project to build China’s first dark-sky preservations in Tibet. The plan is to build two Dark-sky parks in two locations within the Tibetan plateau, called Ngari and Nagqu, in order to preserve the view of the night sky and conduct astronomical research, as well as educate visitors …read more

Draft of the Determination of Philanthropy Organizations Guide released for public consultation

In order to standardize the determination of philanthropic organizations and ensure the smooth implementation of China’s Charity Law, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has released a draft of the Determination of Philanthropic Organizations Law in order to collect public feedback. The draft was drawn up on the basis of reviewing practical experiences, conducting investigations, extensively collecting suggestions, and repeating studies and demonstrations. The draft and its full text are published so suggestions from all social sectors can be collected and the quality of the legislation can be further improved. The following three methods are available for any institutions or individual who has any suggestions for revision: Login to the website of the …read more

Committee of 100 Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium held in Beijing

The Committee of 100 Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium was held in Beijing on the 8th of July 2016. The Committee of 100 is a membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans dedicated to serving as a bridge between the cultures and systems of China and America. One of its dual missions is to promote constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. This year’s symposium in Beijing was commissioned by the United Nation Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, so that it can help launch the United Nations Global Charity Program in China. Over 100 guests attended the Symposium, including the Former British Prime Minister Gordon …read more