Keyword: Community Development

“China City Philanthropy Index 2014-2015” issued in Beijing

The China Charity Alliance recently released the “China City Philanthropy Index 2014-2015” in Beijing. The study shows that overall China’s urban philanthropy is flourishing, the amount of donations is steadily increasing, the number of volunteers is on the rise and social organisations are developing rapidly. Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou ranked among the top ten cities. The “China City Philanthropy Index” is a set of indexing systems aimed at providing comprehensive monitoring and scientific evaluation of the regional development of Chinese charity. Its statistics and evaluations have received attention and recognition from society. This year’s Philanthropy Index considers 51 different indexes based on six aspects: social donations, voluntary work, charity …read more

Sustainability and Education: an Interview with Dr. Shannon May

Sustainability and Education: an Interview with Dr. Shannon May

American anthropologist and educational expert Shannon May talks to CDB about her experiences in rural China and her current attempts to make education more accessible for children around the world

The problems of social work in small cities—some reflections from Binzhou, Shandong Province

The problems of social work in small cities—some reflections from Binzhou, Shandong Province

A young social worker from the city of Binzhou provides us with some interesting reflections on the problems her sector faces in small and medium-sized cities across China

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

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 public offering 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 …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

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

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.

New research centre on Chinese philanthropic trusts unveiled in Beijing

New research centre on Chinese philanthropic trusts unveiled in Beijing

The Chinese Philanthropic Trusts Practice & Development Forum, co-hosted by the China Philanthropy Institute of Beijing Normal University, the China Global Philanthropy Institute and Xinhua Net, officially kicked off on the 9th of August. The new Research Centre on Philanthropic Trusts subordinated to the China Philanthropy Institute was also unveiled during the event. Chuanjie Gao, a distinguished research fellow who used to work for the China Banking Regulatory Commission and participated in the enactment of the ‘Trust Law’, was appointed as the director. (Chuanjie Gao on the right) At present, the supporting regulations and services for Chinese philanthropic trusts are almost non-existent, but there is great potential for improvement. The …read more

A platform for NGO makers: the China Public Welfare Project Contest

The finals of the fifth session of the China Public Welfare Project Contest were held in Shenzhen on August 7, with the top 40 eligible projects rivalling each other after a fierce competition. In order to get a have a broad variety of viewpoints among the reviewers, 35 people were chosen to form the review board, including a review presidium consisting of five experts famous in academic and business circles, and a mass review team consisting of 30 investors, sponsors and journalists. The Golden and Silver Awards were officially released after a promotional review. 5 projects won the Golden Award and 15 won the Silver Award for Social Innovation, while 5 …read more

Didi Chuxing and the One Foundation initiate the “Daring to Help” project

Didi Chuxing and the One Foundation have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to undertake the “daring to help” (敢扶) special charity project. Based in Beijing, Didi Chuxing is a transportation network company which provides vehicles and taxis for hire all over China via extremely popular smartphone applications. The planned charity project is centered around the company’s vast number of drivers. Special charity support groups will be set up for Didi drivers to encourage them to return lost money, help young and disabled passengers, and be courageous about helping others. The project is seen as a response to the unwillingness to help strangers in need which is perceived to be widespread …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs: large increase in Chinese social work in 2015

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs issued yesterday the social service development statistics bulletin for 2015. This annual bulletin presents a wide array of statistics on social work and social services in China. By the end of 2015, according to the annual joint provincial inspection, there were 1.765 million social service institutions with a year-on-year growth of 5.8%; 13.089 million social staff with a year-on-year growth of 4.6%; total fixed assets of 909.9 billion yuan with a year-on-year growth of 26.1%; and an expenditure of 493.64 billion yuan on social service work, with a year-on-year growth of 11.9%. Social work in China increased on a large scale in 2015, including social services provided …read more

Alibaba foundation hosts the inaugural Xin philanthropy conference in Hangzhou

The Alibaba Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Alibaba Group, hosted the Inaugural Xin Philanthropy Conference in Hangzhou on July 9th and 10th. The event was co-organized by the Hangzhou People’s Government. The conference brought together celebrities from the world of multilateral organizations and corporate social responsibility. About 1,000 attendees, including nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs, came to the e-commerce giant’s home base of Hangzhou to take part. Keynote speakers included Jack Ma, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group; Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, who gave the opening remarks; Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Salman Khan, the Founder and CEO of …read more

China's first rainbow anti-gender based violence service center for LGBTI people opened

China’s first rainbow anti-gender based violence service center for LGBTI people opened

China’s first Rainbow Anti-Gender Based Violence Service Center (RAVSC) for LGBTI people was opened in Beijing on June 25. The center will be run by a community-based non-profit organization, Common Language, which was established in January 2005. The primary focus of Common Language is Chinese communities that suffer from oppression based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. It also endeavors to educate the general public on sexual diversity issues, to eradicate discrimination, and to fight for equal rights through community mobilization, public education, and policy advocacy. In 2008, Common Language was awarded Netherlands’ Mama Cash “She Changes the World” award. The Rainbow Anti-Gender Based Violence Service Center for LGBTI …read more

The Internet helps to connect NGOs in northwestern China

The newly launched Northwestern NGO Resource Community is an online and offline network that connects NGOs in Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Xinjiang and Qinghai, the five provinces of China’s vast and remote Northwest. The project was started by five social organizations based in the region, the Ningxia Youth Social Innovation Development Center, the Gansu Yishanyishui Center for Environmental and Social Development, the Shannxi Puhui Youth Social Development Center, the Xinjiang Volunteer Philanthropy Union, and the Qinghai Minhe Embroidery Association, with the goal of integrating information and sharing resources. It will allow them to use the Internet to connect with each other and their work, and also provide a great opportunity to …read more

The fourth Cross-Straits Charity Forum opens in Xiamen

The Fourth Cross-Straits Charity Forum kicked off in Xiamen, Southern China, on June the 11th. The Forum was hosted by eight organizations, including the well-known Song Qing foundation, the Hong Kong Volunteer Union, and the Chinese Cultural Promotion Association (Taiwan). Over 300 delegates from a wide range of charity groups in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were in attendance. The keynote speeches of the forum focused on community charity and community building, youth charity and social development, and innovation in the information age. Professor Ming Wang from the Charity Research Institute at Tsinghua University talked about the possibility of promoting cross-straits communication and developing close cooperation in the field …read more