Keyword: Frontline Voices

Final Communique of the C20 conference in Qingdao released

The closing ceremony of the C20 Conference 2016 was held yesterday in Qingdao, in Eastern China’s Shandong Province. Representatives from 54 countries and regions attended the C20 and took part in discussions on the theme of “poverty alleviation, green development, and innovation: the role of civil society.” Many of the participants commented on the positive contribution of the previous three C20 meetings in these fields, which served as the basis for this year’s deliberations. During the press conference, the organizers released the “Communiqué of Civil Society 20 China 2016”. The Communiqué includes thirty provisions and is divided into four parts: Poverty Eradication and Shared Development, Unity of Knowing and Doing …read more

White paper on the psychological condition of Chinese left-behind children published

A news conference presenting a White Paper on “Chinese Left-Behind Children’s Psychological Conditions” (《中国留守儿童心灵状况白皮书》) was held in Beijing by the philanthropic organization “Shang Xue Lu Shang” (上学路上)on the 24th of June. During the conference it was revealed that 6931 (93.3%) of the 7432 questionnaires sent out for the study were sent back and were valid. The survey aims to reveal how the psychological conditions and stress response of left-behind children is influenced by the companionship of their parents. Some unexposed situations that suggested potential ways to help left-behind children were also presented in the White Paper. The White Paper shows that 849 (13.1%) of the 7000 children investigated have been …read more

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Several Chinese LGBT organizations released a joint statement yesterday on the horrific attack that targeted the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two days ago. This event has been recognised as the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunman, Omar Matten, 29, was later killed in a shootout with the police. The Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the massacre in a statement released over an encrypted phone app, even though the FBI director has said that there is no evidence directly linking Omar Matten to an outside group. Still, the Orlando Attack was clearly directed at the gay community, and Matten’s ex-wife has claimed that Matten had often expressed …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

National survey on LGBTI people in China released

The results of a survey on Chinese LGBTI people in China were released yesterday in the conference hall of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The survey, entitled “Being LGBTI in China: A National Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression”, was jointly implemented by UNDP, Peking University’s Sociology Department and the Beijing LGBT center. The survey received great support from dozens of national and local community, business and media organizations, and nearly 30,000 copies of valid questionnaires were received from all of China’s provinces. The survey reflects the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and people with other non-conforming …read more

Upward in Life, Forward in the NGO sector

Upward in Life, Forward in the NGO sector

Xiaoxue, a young mother, presents a touching story of how a Chinese NGO worker grew into her role. In the article we can bear witness to her relentless search for justice and the meaning of life, and her aspirations for social reform.

If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward

If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward

Project officer Ma Lingling tells us two sad stories on disadvantaged children and their teachers. She calls for empathy and genuine efforts from project officers to understand the difficulties faced by the people they serve and empower them.

Falling in Love with philanthropy

Falling in Love with philanthropy

After becoming the only full-time employee of a start-up private foundation for education in 2013, Yao Rui, a girl from Hunan, blazed a trail forward in mid-western China, a region that is seen as a vacuum by private Chinese foundations looking for NGOs with whom to cooperate. Her active efforts and positive attitude heralded a whole new phase for the work of private foundations in the region.

From Business to the NGO Sector: the Unexpected Certainty

From Business to the NGO Sector: the Unexpected Certainty

Yang Yang, a former public relations manager and a sharp business woman, unexpectedly starts anew in the NGO sector as a project officer for TAE Charitable Foundation. Combining her business acumen and media expertise with NGO work, Yang Yang is able to navigate the sector and develop innovative solutions for social problems.

Report expresses concern over Chinese NGO workers’ mental health

While devoting themselves to the welfare of others, people who work in public welfare appear to suffer from great pressures and anxiety themselves. More than 30% of those working in the NGO sector have been experiencing moderate to severe anxiety and depression,  according to a report on the mental health of those working in public welfare.  The report was launched by “YiBaoYiXin”(益宝益心)- a Program for the Mental Health of Chinese NGO Workers”, a program initiated by the Beijing Shangshan Public Foundation and “YiBao Plan” (益宝计划) and financed by the Dunhe Foundation, which places its focus on the mental health of those who work in the charity sector. The report also points out …read more

Summary of the CDB Report on Frontline Project Officers in Private Foundations

Summary of the CDB Report on Frontline Project Officers in Private Foundations

Guo Ting delivered a report on CDB’s six-month project- Frontline Voices, revealing five core findings on project officers’ basic profile, their participation in foundations’ decision making process, their views towards grant-making and operation, their career development and training expectations, and their compensation satisfaction and future plans.

The professionalization of the NGO sector: waiting for the next five years

The professionalization of the NGO sector: waiting for the next five years

Tao Ran recounts the last five years, sharing his observations on the professionalization of the Chinese NGO sector and describing his personal efforts to become a professional in this sector, from his work at the site of a drastic earthquake to his job in a foundation

Floating bridges: the disadvantaged position of fund-granting officers

Floating bridges: the disadvantaged position of fund-granting officers

In this article Nan Yizhi, a young project officer, describes herself as being a bridge connecting grassroot NGOs on the one side and grant-making foundations on the other. The limitations and problems of the sector render both sides unstable, and the bridge is thus in a disadvantaged position.

What do the secretary-generals have to say in reply to “Frontline Voices ”?

What do the secretary-generals have to say in reply to “Frontline Voices ”?

Since the release of CDB’s Frontline Voices column, have the voices of these grant-making officers been heard by the management? Will there be any measures to address the issues mentioned in the articles? In this interview, eight secretary-generals of private Chinese foundations give their own answers to these questions.

Returning from Abroad to Work in China’s NGO Sector

Returning from Abroad to Work in China’s NGO Sector

After gaining her degree in Sweden, a Chinese girl followed her passion for the NGO sector and joined a private foundation in China. She tells us about the doubts and expectations she went through while the foundation shifted from operating projects itself to providing grants.

Community Development: Discover, Think and Act

Community Development: Discover, Think and Act

A girl who works in the Zhenro Foundation talks about how her first experience of urban life in Shanghai and a visit to Taiwan stoked her interest in projects to help urban communities.

My Journey through the Charity Sector

My Journey through the Charity Sector

In a far-ranging reflection on China’s charity sector and its society as a whole, a young man looks back at the experiences which set him on course for his work in a Chinese philanthropic organization.

NGO Projects Don't Have to be Flashy

NGO Projects Don’t Have to be Flashy

A project officer in the Dunhe Foundation looks back at his three years working for this Foundation. He describes how the organization has grown since he first joined, but he also bemoans some of the problems he has encountered, which are due to both the immaturity of the sector and the inadequacy of many of the NGOs which receive the Foundation’s grants.