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 Foundation for Poverty Alleviation addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council
The 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland. The session started on June the 13th and will end on the first of July. The UNHRC is an inter-governmental body whose 47 member states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. This year’s meeting commemorates the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Human Rights Council. On behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and Russia, Chinese representative gave a joint statement during the conference. Wu Peng, the associate director of the international development department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, delivered a speech on June 14th entitled …read more
Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing
A sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy was held in Beijing by China Development Brief (CDB) and the Beijing Sanyi Foundation in the 3ESPACE venue on June the 12th. Dr. Liu Haying, a senior researcher from CDB, presided the session, which was attended by nearly 40 people from NGOs, international organizations, foundations, and universities. Members of CDB who took part in the visit to India and Nepal organized by the NGO in March shared their experiences and their research on the topic. Firstly, the consultant for the trip and secretary general of the Beijing Vantone Foundation, Chen Jian, broadly introduced the experiences of some of the CDB members who …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
Revised Regulations on Foundation Management released online for public consultation
The draft of the Revised Regulations on the Management of Foundations has been published on the Ministry of Civil Affairs website for public consultation. The content of the Draft is displayed on the website in full. There are three ways to send your comment to the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China: 1. Visit the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (http://www.mca.gov.cn), click Feedback (互动), go down to the public consultation section (征求意见), click the link to Draft Regulation on Foundation Management, and submit your comment online. 2. Write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Write a letter and send it to the Legislative Affairs Commission …read more
China’s Philanthropy Development 2015 in a Nutshell
We here republish the abstract from the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s annual “Blue Book of Philanthropy” for 2016. The abstract summarises some of the blue book’s conclusions on the state of Chinese philanthropy over the previous year.
Annual Report on the Development of China’s Philanthropy in 2015 released
The newest Blue Book of Philanthropy (an annual report on China’s philanthropic development in 2015) was presented last Friday in Beijing by the Center for Social Policy Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Social Sciences Academic Press (社会科学文献出版社), and the Lingshan Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (中国灵山公益慈善促进会). Over 40 experts on philanthropy, representatives from social organizations and media delegates joined the event. Following the ceremony, a forum was held on China’s Philanthropic Development. Ms. Yang Tuan, associate director/researcher of the Center for Social Policy Studies, kicked off the forum with a presentation of the ten talking points of philanthropy in 2015. The contributing authors of the Blue Book …read more
Five Considerations Regarding the Charity Law
Legal expert Dong Zi Jin provides an in-depth look at the possible effects of the new charity law on the future of China’s NGOs.
Spotlight on Philanthropic Support Organizations
Philanthropic Support Organizations are increasing the efficiency of philanthropy for the third Sector. This article features two such organizations, CDB and CAF Russian, to shed some light on this field.
Philanthropy or Social Development?
The author of this article, a project manager of Marie Stopes International China, challenges the currently dominant discourse by replacing “philanthropy” with “social development”, and “social organizations” with “social development organizations”. He also analyzes imported words such as “empowerment” from a Chinese perspective in the hope that these terms will evolve and thrive in the local environment.
Selling a Foundation’s Products through Marketing Promotion
A young project officer from a foundation in Shanxi Province gives an interview about her work, and explains how her previous experience allowed her to find ways to apply marketing techniques to the charity sector.
Xinhua: Draft law on overseas NGOs submitted for third reading
According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, the draft of the overseas NGO law (see here for CDB’s translation of the second draft of the Law) was submitted for its third reading on Monday to the bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs from Monday to Thursday. The NPC Law Committee suggested in a review report that the bill should be put for a vote at this session. Xinhua reported that lawmakers held panel discussions to review the bill on Monday afternoon, joined by Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. According to a press release issued after the discussions, they agreed …read more
China Daily: NGOs urged to play a bigger role on global issues
According to a recent report by China Daily, Xiao Fenghuai, deputy director general of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges of the Ministry of Commerce, spoke in Beijing at a two-day international seminar on the role of non-governmental bodies, entitled “Non-State Actors in Asian Development Cooperation: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations”. The April 19-20 seminar was jointly hosted by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), the Korea Development Institute, the Asia Foundation, and Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Department. Topics include history and the role of civil society in development cooperation in Asia and the institutional framework for civil society activities. Xiao said NGOs should act as an …read more
CDB’s Translation of The Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China
CDB’s translation of the Charity Law of People’s Republic of China
One Way to Think About Philanthropy
The author provides a unique view on philanthropy that derives from his experience “on both sides of the table” – five years as president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and six years as president of the University of Chicago.