Keyword: Media/Information

CDB will hold a special event at China Charity Fair

On September 19th, China Development Brief (CDB), together with Beijing Ginkgo Foundation(北京市银杏公益基金会), will hold a seminar, titled “Creative Approaches for the Localization of Overseas Practice”(海外经验在本土的创新实践), at the fourth China Charity Fair in Shenzhen. Leaders from foundations/NPOs and representatives of philanthropic media who have experience in exchanging with or visiting overseas philanthropic organizations will share their stories and discuss the challenges and risks they are facing. The aim of this seminar is to push the development of the public welfare sector by learning from foreign countries and drawing on their experience. CDB was founded in 1996 and registered in 2003 as the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center, serving as a bilingual platform for the Chinese civil society. The co-host of this event, Beijing Ginkgo Foundation, was founded in July 2015. As a nonpublic fund-raising foundation, it sponsors outstanding talents and organizations in the public welfare sector, and conducts related research, trainings and communication events. For more details about the event, please visit the Events Section.

The 2nd China Social Finance Forum held in Beijing

The 2nd China Social Finance Forum (中国公益金融论坛), held in Beijing on September 7th, attracted over 600 participants from more than ten countries. During the meeting, more than 30 guest speakers shared their visions and practical experiences, and conducted in-depth analyses on topics such as new opportunities brought by the improved financial environment and Social Finance’s role in supporting sustainable development and promoting innovation.  Kevin Rudd, Australia’s former prime minister, gave a keynote speech at the forum. According to him, Social Finance is gradually becoming a global mainstream, and China’s awakening market will play a special role in the future development of Social Finance. CreditEase, the first fortune management organization providing philanthropic …read more

Latest updates on the upcoming China Charity Fair in Shenzhen

According to the organizing committee, the upcoming fourth China Charity Fair (CCF) will place much emphasis on the topic of internationalization and global communication. For the first time, there will be an international public welfare exhibition section in the fair. Over 200 foreign guests and organizations including the United Nations as well as Chinese organizations who have ‘gone-out’ will gather in the exhibition center in Shenzhen from September 18 to 20. Up to now, 93 international public welfare and charity organizations from 14 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, South and North America have confirmed their participation, bringing in cutting-edge thoughts and advanced organizational models. Philanthropists and representatives from foundations …read more

Guidelines released on forged volunteer service certificate

According to the official website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs(民政部), the Ministry along with Civilization Office of the Central Committee (中央文明办),the Central Committee of the Communist Young League (共青团中央), and Ministry of Education (教育部) recently released Guidelines on Standardizing the Certification of Volunteer Service Records (关于规范志愿服务记录证明工作的指导意见). According to the guidelines, individuals or work units (单位) that provide false voluntary service certificates should be recorded by relevant authorities and be announced to the public. The new regulation also points out that providers of volunteer service certificates (志愿服务记录证明) should meet all the following requirements: (1) They should be legally established organizations or work units; (2) The volunteer who needs the certificate …read more

News outlets encouraged to join hands with government in promoting charity

Ministry of Civil Affairs, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC, 国家互联网信息办公室), and State of Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of PRC (SAPPRFT, 国家广电总局) jointly published a notice recently to encourage news outlets to “cooperate” with government departments in promoting philanthropic activities and “honouring” charitable contributions by businesses and individuals.

MOCA explains social organizations’ GDP statistics

On July 30th, Caixin News reported that, according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for the Third Sector’s report, the official GDP data of social organizations is far less than the actual data. An official from Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) later did an interview with Caixin explaining the differences between the numbers, and also confirmed that there might be errors in the raw data that had been announced.

China CSR Annual Meeting held in Beijing

For NGOs to carry out a program successfully, they must learn how to utilize modern business techniques.

Ministry of Civil Affairs launches its 9th “China Charity Award”

The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) has started the candidate selection process for its 9th China Charity Award (中华慈善奖). According to the MOCA, it is the highest charitable award given by the government and aims to commend organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to China’s public welfare sector. Since 2005, the Award has been held 8 times and awarded to hundreds of organizations and individuals. According to the MOCA’s own article on the Award, it has helped to encourage people to get involved in charity, contributed to the development of China’s public welfare sector, and promoted a harmonious society.

Recende releases “first” report on philanthropic crowd-funding in China

Recende Center on Fundraising recently published the first Report on Philanthropy Crowdfunding.

Similar to other legal persons, social organizations will have

Similar to other legal persons, social organizations will have “unicode”

On June 17th, the State Council published a Notice on Unifying Social Credit Code (Unicode) for National Reform and Development Commission and all other organizations (Notice) (国务院关于批转发展改革委等部门法人和其他组织统一社会信用代码制度建设总体方案的通知). From now on, similar to industry and commerce organizations and other legal persons, social organizations (社会组织) will have “Unicode”. The Unicode will be divided into 5 parts and will consist of 18 digits and letters as suggested by the newly published Notice. The first part, also the first digit, is given by Registration Management Department. The second part of the code, which is the second digit, distinguishes the type of organization. For example, 1 is for social associations (社会团体), 2 is for private …read more

Green Future: China’s “first environmental project fundraising platform”

According to the Beijing Daily, on June 5th China’s “first public fundraising platform for environmental projects” – named “Green Future” (绿色未来) – went online. The China Environmental Culture Promotion Association (CECPA) and Shanghai GM are co-sponsoring the platform. Green Future is aimed at promoting environmental projects and raising awareness about environmental issues. The Beijing Daily writes that as a professional public fundraising platform for environmental projects, Green Future enables environmental projects to attract funding at a national level. According to the article it will increase the Chinese public’s participation rate in environment-related events, raise public awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable lifestyles. There are already quite a few projects listed on the platform such as …read more

Wu Jinglian: to solve environmental issues, China needs to change its development pattern

On June 5th, World Environment Day, the 6th annual SEE Ecology Awards (SEE生态奖) was held in Beijing. Award recipients included Chai Jing, the Environmental Protection Education Center of Shandong (山东省环境保护宣传教育中心), and Friends of Nature. Awards were granted to individuals and organizations that have recently taken actions to make a positive environmental change. Famous Chinese economist, Wu Jinglian, was also present at the Awards. He gave a short speech at the event that made some suggestions about what China and the public can do to help deal with environmental problems. He stated in his speech that the environmental issues that China is facing right now are closely related to China’s growing pattern and economic developing models. …read more

Four characteristics of China’s response to the Nepal earthquake

According to a report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), China donated a total of 2.38 billion RMB worth of money and supplies to Nepal. The Journal of the CPPCC (人民政协报) analysed the report and summarised the four characteristics of China’s response to the Nepal earthquake as: 1. Government donations exceeded half the total donations According to the MOCA report 55% of the fundraising contributions came from the Chinese government while 24% were from social organizations. 2. Public fundraising According to the same report, the most popular method for donating for Nepal by public was through different online donating platforms. More than 530,000 people have donated a total of …read more

Sougou creates “philanthropy channel” to promote online platform for philanthropy

Chinese tech giant Sougou (搜狗) has announced a new feature on the company’s search engine. The feature is set to produce and release news related to the public welfare sector in China. Users now can log on to Sogou search engine and find a “philanthropy channel (公益频道)” on its news section. The company aims to build a one-stop news service platform for people interested in philanthropy and the Chinese public welfare sector. At the same time, the company also strives to form a department dedicated to philanthropy by organizing philanthropic activities and integrating different philanthropic projects into the philanthropy channel using the company’s resources. According to chief representatives of the company, …read more

Report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by CCIC

The China Charity Information Centre (CCIC), an information platform set up by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2006, yesterday released a comprehensive report on Chinese fundraising for the relief effort after the May 25th Nepal earthquake. According to the report, China had raised 238.01 million yuan (including goods converted into money) for the Nepal earthquake relief until May 12th. The government accounted for about 55% of the money raised with 114 million yuan in total and organizational donations amounted to 49.88 million yuan (about 24% of the total amount), of which the tourism industry and religious groups contributed significantly. The internet also played a big role in the fundraising activities according to the …read more

Questionnaire about the draft Overseas NGO Management Law

The second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law has recently been released on the NPC website for public consultation. China Charity Alliance together with China Development Brief and NGOCN have put together a questionnaire to collect opinions from the public. The results will be submitted to relevant government departments, they will not be made public and only be used for research purposes. If you have any questions about the questionnaire please send them by email to zhengce@ngocn.net. Please click http://www.sojump.com/jq/4955437.aspx#rd to view the questionnaire.

Sina Weibo's 2015

Sina Weibo’s 2015 “Attitudes Towards Environmental Issues” online survey

Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service often compared to Twitter, recently published the results of a March 2015 online survey about Chinese attitudes towards environmental issues (中国网民环保态度调查). The survey began with initiatives mobilizing Weibo users to participate in small environmental actions and expressing opinions about environmental protection. Approximately 6.6 million people took part in these initiatives in one way or another, and 2.7 million yuan was raised for environmental causes. To view the whole survey, please visit Weibo’s special account for charities “微公益” here (you need to have a weibo account) Below we have attached an infographic that summarizes the results of the survey:    

“Charity Mum” Wang Yuqiong accused of fraud

A famous Chinese “charity” figure, Wang Yuqiong, has had new reports published on her alleged fraudulent dealings. Wang became famous several years ago when the media covered the story of her tireless journey to find her son who had been abducted by child trafficking gangs. She became a local hero, also known as the “Charity Mum”,  because of her endless philanthropic efforts, including her promise to invest 5 million yuan into a local elderly home. In 2014 she was accused of fraud and embezzling charitable funds by her former assistant, Zhao Chunlei. Wang responded by suing Zhao in the local court of Wenshan. The court heard the case in Oct. 30, 2014, but hasn’t given …read more