Keyword: Non-Profit Management

Going Global – ENAP meeting in Norway

The European Network of Amity Partners (ENAP) meeting took place on March 14 and 15 in Norway.

Chinese grassroots organizations receive an average score of 32.44 in transparency index

Chinese grassroots organizations receive an average score of 32.44 in transparency index

The recently released <Transparency Report of China Grassroots Philanthropic Organizations (2015)>(《中国民间公益组织透明度发展研究报告(2015)》) has provided some interesting facts regarding the development of Chinese NGOs. Launched by the Union of Self-Disciplinary Organizations (USDO), the report includes 1738 philanthropic institutions, covering 17 domains of activity. The average score given by the 2015 China Grassroots Transparency Index (GTI) was 32.44, which represents a big progress compared to the previous year’s 27.87. Even so, there is still a long way to go. The institutions that scored highest are those that focus on the handicapped, while those that scored lowest are the ones active in the field of labour and rights, which received an average score of …read more

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

Charity Law draft limits public fundraising foundations’ management fee to 10% of expenditures

Following the review of the third draft of China’s Charity Law during China’s “two sessions”, Article 60 of the draft has captured a certain amount of public attention and stirred up some heated debate. The original article states that ”annual expenditures for charity activities by foundations with the qualifications for public fund-raising shall be no less than 70% of the average revenue of the past three years and the annual management costs (年度管理成本) shall not exceed 15% of annual expenditures.” Many delegates to the two sessions, however, considered the percentage for annual management costs to be way too high and suggested that the percentage be lowered. In the morning of March 12th, during …read more

Clarifications provided regarding the Third Draft of the Charity Law

Compared to the second version, the Third Draft contains changes in articles related to charitable fund-raising (慈善募捐), charitable trusts (慈善信托) and charitable assets (慈善财产)

The Draft of the Charity Law specifies regulations concerning fundraising activities

The Draft of the Charity Law has specified the entities of fundraising activities, which was of widespread public concern.

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.

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

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

Charitable donations to be exempt from import taxes

The Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation have jointly issued an announcement stating that from April 1st 2016, there would be no import tariff or value-added taxes levied on materials from foreign donors which are directly used for Charity. At the same time, the Interim Measures for the Exemption of Import Taxes on Charitable Donations was released, containing specific regulations on foreign donors and domestic recipients. According to the Measures, foreign donors are natural persons, legal persons, and other organizations located outside of China. The social organizations and recipients listed include the Red Cross Society of China, the All-China Women’s Federation, the China Disabled Persons Federation, …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

New SOE categories: profitable firms and social enterprises

The State Council, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission jointly released the Guiding Opinions on the Definition and Classification of the Functions of State Owned Enterprises (SOE)( 《关于国有企业功能界定与分类的指导意见》) on December 29. This document divides SOEs into two categories, profitable firms and firms dedicated to public welfare, according to what type of business they conduct. Different policies on reform, development, supervision and evaluation are set out for the two categories. The aim of profitable firms is defined as enlarging the function of state-owned capital, maintaining the value of state-owned assets and realizing their appreciation. They are encouraged to make use of market mechanisms, operate independently in accordance with …read more

Report on China’s Evaluation of Social Organizations released in Shanghai

The Non-governmental Organization Administration Bureau and the Civil Service Center of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Social Sciences Academic Press jointly released a blue book entitled Report on The Development of China’s Social Organizations Evaluation 2015 (《中国社会组织评估发展报告(2015)》蓝皮书) in Shanghai. The report points out that 99 national social organizations have been evaluated as level 3A and above, accounting for 85% of the 116 organizations that received an actual assessment in 2014. The Industry and Business Association of China continuously takes active part in these assessments and offers an evaluation coverage rate of over 50%, playing an increasingly large role in promoting the healthy development of non-governmental organizations. …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

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.

Ministry of Civil Affairs announces results of annual inspection of foundations (second round)

Following a notice in July announcing the results of its first-round inspection of foundations, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) recently released another notice (Notice No.365) making public the results of its second-round inspection in 2014. According to the Notice, the annual inspection was conducted in accordance with the Regulation on the Administration of Foundations (基金会管理条例) and Measures for the Annual Inspection of Foundations (基金会年度检查办法). There were 62 foundations involved in this round of examination, of which 45 was up to standard (合格), 10 barely passed (基本合格), and 7 failed (不合格). The Notice also reminds the foundations on the list to go the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of …read more