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.
CDB releases the English translation of the new Charity Law
On the 16th of March, the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China was passed by the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress with 2636 pros, 131 cons, and 83 abstentions. The Law will come into force in September. It had been eagerly (and anxiously) awaited by the whole of China’s philanthropic sector. As the first law of its kind, it will clarify the definition of charitable activities and regulate the establishment and operation of charity organizations and the sources and use of charitable property and services. The process of creating the Charity Law has been long and drawn out, lasting a total of eleven years. Two drafts were …read more
Going Global – ENAP meeting in Norway
The European Network of Amity Partners (ENAP) meeting took place on March 14 and 15 in Norway.
Charity Law to come into force on September 1st
On March 16, the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China was passed by the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress with 2636 pros, 131 cons, and 83 abstentions. The law will come into force on September 1st, 2016. As the first ever law of its kind, the Charity Law clarifies the definition of charity activities, regulates the establishment and operation of charity organizations and the sources and use of charitable property and charitable services, and strives to promote the cause of charity. During the 12th National People’s Congress, 4000 suggestions concerning the law were put forward by 1231 people. 110 modifications, among which 38 were substantial, were made …read more
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.
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.
Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015
CDB’s list of the top ten news stories in the NGO sector from the last twelve months
The reviewed draft of the Charity Law released online for public consultation
Last month the Draft of the Charity Law of the People’ s Republic of China (中华人民共和国慈善事业法（草案）) was reviewed for the second time by the 18th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress. The NPC’s Law Committee and Legislative Affairs Commission reviewed the Draft according to the opinions expressed by various sides. The reviewed Draft has now been made available on the NPC website (http://www.npc.gov.cn/) for public consultation. The content of the Draft is displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting them to the address shown below. The deadline for comments is the 31st …read more
Ministry of Civil Affairs reinforces management of special funds
On December 31th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released a document entitled “Notice on the Further Reinforcement of the Management of Foundations’ Special Funds”. The Notice questions some foundations’ over-enthusiastic drive to expand the number and scope of their special funds, and a lack of supervision and management of their operations. Many problems have thus emerged: some special funds operate as independent organizations; some neglect transparency; some deviate from their purposes; some disregard the needs of donors and beneficiaries; and some even seek profit for individuals and corporations. The Notice requires foundations to conduct a strict supervision over their special funds to ensure compliance with their organizational aims and purposes, …read more
Second draft of the Charity Law: no geographic limitations on online fundraising
A new version of the Charity Law draft is tabled for a reading at the on-going 18th Session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, taking place in Beijing from December 21st to the 27th. Compared to previous drafts, this version has removed the geographic limitations on online fundraising, and increased tax benefits for charitable organizations. An earlier draft was submitted at the 17th Session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee a month ago. The lawmakers have since held several seminars to collect feedback from legal experts, scholars and charitable organizations. The geographic limitations on online, TV and broadcast fundraising in the first draft were widely considered to be unnecessary and difficult to …read more
Public opinion solicited for social organization withdrawal mechanism
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has drafted the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Opinions on Improving the Withdrawal Mechanism of Social Organization (The Draft to Solicit Public Opinion) (《民政部关于健全社会组织退出机制的意见(征求意见稿)》), in order to strengthen the supervision and management of social organizations, increase the level of cleanliness of social organizations, clarify the different ways, basis and procedures according to which social organizations’ registration can be withdrawn, and regulate the organs which register and manage social organizations to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law. Public feedback to the draft was sollicited from December the 2nd to the 10th. The draft clearly defines two methods for the withdrawing of social organizations. The first …read more