The government will establish a unified numbering system for volunteers
On September 14th, Ministry of Civil Affairs released a detailed interpretation of the Basic Specification of Volunteer Service Information System(志愿服务信息系统基本规范). It marks the first national standard for the information system of volunteerism. According to the interpretation, every volunteer in the country will have a unified number(统一编号）in the future. The Specification had been in the process of drafting for a year before its final release. It was drafted by volunteering organizations, universities, and other institutions. It provides standards for volunteering time, training, certification and it also has important reference for further improvement of the Volunteer Service Information System. The unified numbers (18 digits) for volunteers are set for the following reasons: (1) …read more
Application for Dunhe Seed Fund is now open
The application for Dunhe Seed Fund Plan(敦和种子基金计划) will be open from September 11th to October 10th. About 10 “small but beautiful” foundations will be publicly slected and given 3 million RMB each to establish the Dunhe Seed Fund(敦和种子基金). For more details of the application, please see 2015 Application Announcement of Dunhe Seed Fund Plan (敦和种子基金计划 2015 年招募公告) (available online) or call 0571-87666904,18958109425. Dunhe Seed Fund Plan was first launched in 2014 and Dunhe Foundation has donated 30 million RMB to the selected 9 foundations to establish the non-expendable Dunhe Seed Fund. It aims to aid fast-growing small and medium foundations which have outstanding performance in the public welfare sector. The Dunhe …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
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.
Ministry of Civil Affairs announces initial results of annual inspection of foundations
The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) recently released a notice (Notice No.351) announcing the results of its 2014 inspection on foundations (first round). 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 134 foundations involved in the first round of examination, of which 120 was up to standard (合格), 12 barely passed (基本合格), and 2 failed (不合格). The Notice also reminds the foundations on the list to go the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (民间组织管理局) within 30 days of the announcement to have their registration …read more
Narada’s Ginkgo Fellow Program becomes an independent foundation
Yinxing Foundation originates from Narada Foundation’s Yinxing project. Now it is going independent.
Recende releases “first” report on philanthropic crowd-funding in China
Recende Center on Fundraising recently published the first Report on Philanthropy Crowdfunding.
Feng Yongfeng: Non-Government Organizations Are Not Anti-Government Organizations
In light of the upcoming new law on “overseas NGOs”, well-known Chinese environmentalist Feng Yongfeng speaks about the relationship between government and non-governmental organizations.
Minister of Public Security: overseas NGOs are welcome to operate in China
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Civil Affairs held a joint meeting on overseas NGOs in Shanghai on July 25, with the aim of understanding the development of overseas NGOs in China and hearing advice and suggestions on their future management. According to a report from the Ministry of Public Security, Guo Shengkun, China’s Minister of Public Security, presided over the meeting and gave a speech praising the positive impact brought by overseas NGOs and encouraging cooperation and exchange between China and those organizations. He also said that China would improve the government’s management level on related areas and provide better services and security to overseas NGOs. Overseas NGOs …read more
Plan to “decouple” industry associations and chambers of commerce
On July 9th, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council published a “General Plan to Decouple Industry Association Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Authorities” (Plan) (行业协会商会与行政机关脱钩总体方案). According to the Plan, nearly 70,000 industry associations and chambers of commerce, which come under the category of “social associations” (社会团体), would be separated from the executive authorities or their professional supervisory units. The first round of implementation of the plan will be tested in 100 different associations and chambers all over the nation in the second half of 2015 and will continue to expand testing areas in 2016. The Plan proposes to fully separate …read more
Survey shows nearly 70% of people have experienced donation scams
China Philanthropy Times held a survey on donation scam recently. The result shows that 70% of the people have experience with donation scam.