Keyword: Civil Society

Relief goods for China's Western regions depart from Beijing

Relief goods for China’s Western regions depart from Beijing

A ceremony marking the first annual departure of trucks with “Warming the Western Regions” relief goods was held by the Beijing Public Service Development Promotion Association, the Beijing Blue Butterfly Foundation and the Communist Youth League Committee of Chaoyang, Dongcheng and Tongzhou Districts in Beijing on October 17th. The chairman of the eighth branch of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomingtang in Dongcheng District Lou Penglin, Vice-chairman Luo Peilin, the secretary general of the Beijing Public Service Development Promotion Association Sun Pengfei and the secretary general of the Beijing Blue Butterfly Foundation Zhang Shijie were all in attendance. The “Warming the Western Regions” project, begun in 2006, is China’s …read more

International NGOs Worry over Finding Sponsors

International NGOs Worry over Finding Sponsors

China’s new law on the management of international NGOs will soon come into force. In this article the author discusses her concern that it may be difficult for foreign NGOs to find a sponsor and obtain legal status in China.

Report on financial fraud against the elderly released

The Zhicheng Public Interest Group, an organization that provides free legal assistance to marginalized groups, has recently released a report on economic crimes against the elderly. In recent years there has been much concern over an increase in financial fraud against the elderly. Since being set up in July, the Beijing legal services hotline has received 935 requests of advice from the elderly, 21% of which came from victims of financial fraud. Financial products, business projects, health care products and pyramid sales are all being used to cheat elderly people out of their savings. Zhicheng’s report, released on the 9th of September, is entitled “Risk report on economic crimes against the …read more

High-profile philanthropist Chen Guangbiao refutes allegations

On the 21st of September a court in Nanjing accepted a case filed by high-profile Chinese philanthropist Chen Guangbiao against financial news portal Caixin, one day after the website published a special report accusing Chen of fraud. Chen requested that the court immediately order Caixin to cease publishing articles or remarks that jeopardise his rights to his name and reputation, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency. Moreover, he also demanded that Caixin pay damages of 1 million yuan ($150,078). “The articles recently published on caixin.com have spread vicious gossip and have fabricated untruthful information, causing a bad impact on Chen Guangbiao and his company” claimed a statement released …read more

The fifth Chinese Charity Expo inaugurated in Shenzhen

The fifth Chinese Charity Expo inaugurated in Shenzhen

The fifth Chinese Charity Expo was inaugurated in Shenzhen on the 23rd of September. The Chinese Charity Expo is an annual event jointly organised by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, the Guangdong provincial government, the Shenzhen municipal government and the China Charity Alliance. The Chinese government has declared the year of 2016 to be the critical beginning of the process of building a “moderately well-off society”. It is also the first year that China’s new Charity Law takes effect. This year’s expo was thus given the theme of ‘promoting poverty relief through legislation’. It is also supposed to stress the concepts of innovation, …read more

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Last Tuesday a chain of restaurants that refused to hire a female cook was found guilty of gender discrimination, fined 2000 Yuan for “spiritual damages” and required to issue a written apology. Gao Xiao (a pseudonym) was rejected when applying for a job as a trainee cook at a seafood restaurant in Guangzhou, on account of being a woman. The young woman then sued the Guangdong Huishijia Economic Development Company, which owns the restaurant, for gender discrimination in August last year. In June last year Gao Xiao saw the advertisement for a trainee cook on a job-hunting website and thought she would be eligible for it, being qualified as a senior cook of …read more

The Ningxia Autonomous Region takes new measures for targeted poverty alleviation

In the Ningxia Autonomous Region, a region of Northwestern China that is small and relatively underdeveloped economically, new measures have recently been enacted to promote targeted poverty alleviation.  The Autonomous Region’s first care site for left-behind children has been established in Xingjing, a small town subordinated to the Xixia district of Yinchuan. It provides 55 teenagers with living support, learning guidance, psychological comfort and safety education. In order to aid the protection of left-behind children in rural areas, Ningxia’s local government has also set up a panel to connect useful public resources in this field. The Xingjing district government is developing an agreement with a social services centre to purchase its services for …read more

The Ministry of Civil Affairs explains the Charity Law’s implementation

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) held a press conference on the 7th of September, explaining how the Charity Law has been implemented since it passed into effect at the beginning of the month. Information on public offerings can only be published on designated channels It was clarified that the online platforms appointed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) are the only channels through which information on public offerings can be released. Other unlicensed platforms publishing this kind information will be sanctioned. In order to put this regulation into practice the Social Organisations Administration, a bureau subordinated to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, conducted research on access standards for online …read more

The Charity Law brings transparency to the forefront

With China’s first ever charity law coming into effect this month, the issue of transparency in the charity sector has taken the limelight. The charity law prescribes that charitable organisations are supposed to disclose their accounts and fundraising information on specified platforms, so as to ensure more clearness and transparency. In a recent survey carried out in Shenzhen on the factors impacting people’s participation in charity, 61% of respondents claimed that it is the low transparency levels in fund management that keeps them from donating. 60% of respondents also claimed that disclosing every detail of how the funds are used timely is the key point, and it is necessary to …read more

Second edition of Tencent's

Second edition of Tencent’s “9/9 Philanthropy Day” coming up, donations for hundreds of millions of Yuan expected

The annual 9/9 Philanthropy Day will take place from the 7th to the 9th of September this year. During the occasion, over 120 fundraising organisations and 4000 charitable programmes will be connected with the public through both online and offline channels. The 9/9 Philanthropy Day was established in 2015 by the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the Bureau of Chinese Public Organisations Administration and the Tencent Foundation as well as other organisations, enterprises and celebrities. The donations for the annual event’s debut last year totalled over 127.9 million yuan. This year, Tencent will donate 199.99 million yuan, which will certainly drive more social groups to participate in …read more

China celebrates its first ever Charity Day

The first ever Chinese Charity Day, which takes place today, will centre around the themes of ‘law’s role in charity’ and ’poverty relief’. The 5th of September has officially been designated as Chinese Charity Day by China’s new Charity Law, which came into force this month. A couple of Chinese cities have held events in honour of the occasion, which aims to promote the concept of charity more widely. On the 4th of September the joint Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei charitable exhibition, held at the Agricultural Exhibition Hall in Beijing, hosted a number of activities including a Charity bazaar of creative products, a 3D artificial limbs demonstration and a shadow-puppetry show. Over 150 charitable …read more

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