Keyword: Philanthropy

Chen Tianqiao responds to criticism for his donation to Caltech

Chen Tianqiao responds to criticism for his donation to Caltech

The founder of Shanda Group, Chen Tianqiao, made a $115 million donation last year to California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for neuroscience research, which was met with widespread criticism in China. The billionaire however recently responded to criticism for his donation, revealing that his contribution to the university’s neuroscience department is simply him trying to do his part to help research on the mechanism of the human brain. Chen describes his donation to Caltech as “giving the ball to the person closest to the front door”, using an analogy in soccer game. When asked about the motivation for his donation, Chen told reporters, “I was not trying to give myself …read more

Home improvement TV show gives daughter bed in the kitchen

Home improvement TV show gives daughter bed in the kitchen

The parents of quadruplet sons and a daughter found themselves mired in controversy this week after prioritizing their sons on a home improvement show, giving their daughter only a makeshift bedroom hidden in the kitchen. On an episode of “A Warm New Home,” the family from the southern city of Shenzhen had their apartment renovated because, at just 60 square meters, it had become cramped for seven people: The parents’ room was tiny, the four sons all shared one bed, and the daughter’s room was also being used for storage. The new layout would give everyone more space — except for the now-22-year-old daughter, who was consigned to a pullout …read more

Philanthropy report ranks China's biggest donors

Philanthropy report ranks China’s biggest donors

Ma Huateng and Ma Yun, the top two largest donors in China over the past six years. This week the “China billion yuan donors and strategic philanthropy development report” was released, which praises the 123 Chinese philanthropists who donated more than 100 million yuan over the last six years. Prepared by China Philanthropy Research Institute and China Global Philanthropy Institute of Shenzhen, the report also tallies up their combined donations over the past six years, which amounts to over 110 billion yuan. At the top of the list of donors is the CEO of Chinese Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings, Ma Huateng, who over the past six years donated 17.2 billion …read more

Chinese charities exploding in growth, but lacking transparency

Chinese charities exploding in growth, but lacking transparency

Statistics on charitable foundations in China were announced recently at a public funds forum jointly held by Tsinghua University’s Anti-Corruption and Governance Research Center and the China Foundation Center. Among statistics announced at the meeting, some of the more eyebrow-raising were those on the growth and transparency of China’s public funds over the past five years. “As of April 2017, net assets of China’s 5688 foundations totaled nearly 120 billion yuan, while their average value of transparency index was only 48.29 which is disappointing,” Professor Cheng of the School of Public Administration stated at the forum. Five years ago however, there were only 2700 foundations in China, whose combined assets …read more

The Chinese Design of the Charity Law

The Chinese Design of the Charity Law

In the midst of the abounding commentary on China’s first legislation on charity, British researcher Holly Snape offers a unique perspective on the “Chinese characteristics” embodied in the design of the Charity Law.

Defining Chinese “Charity” - Comparative Perspectives and Suggestions

Defining Chinese “Charity” - Comparative Perspectives and Suggestions

Through the lens of comparative law, this article discusses how the Chinese definition of charity compares to the British and American definitions; and what lessons Chinese regulators can adopt from both countries in promoting the implementation of the newly enacted Charity Law.

Charity Law amendment proposed during China's

Charity Law amendment proposed during China’s “Two Sessions”

Every March Beijing plays host to the so-called “Two Sessions,” the joint plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). During this year’s opening meeting of the NPC, many proposals were put forth on how to improve public welfare policies, including a proposed amendment to the Charity Law. Below are some of the more interesting proposals: – An amendment to the Charity Law proposed by a deputy named Wang Ming aims at creating tax deductions for NGOs while also proposing a re-evaluation of the asset value maintenance of NGOs, along with an increase in tax exemptions for philanthropic organizations. – Deputy Li …read more

China’s Implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law

China’s Implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law

In this piece Tsinghua University professor Jia Xijin takes a look at how the first month of implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law unfolded.

From GONGOs to the Charity Law, 30 Years of Chinese Philanthropy

From GONGOs to the Charity Law, 30 Years of Chinese Philanthropy

This article, translated from Chinese, gives an overview of the last thirty years of history for philanthrophy in China. From government-organized NGOs to the recently implemented charity law, the progress and challenges of Chinese philanthropy are laid out in a clear and original fashion.

Two young Americans establish organization to provide glasses for schoolchildren in rural Yunnan

The story of two young Americans who began an organization called “Education in Sight”, aiming to provide vision tests and eyeglasses to students in rural Yunnan Province, has recently been featured in reports about philanthropy and goodwill across China. After graduating from Columbia University and Boston University respectively, Sam and his friend Andrew came to China in 2010 to teach rural children. After a twelve hour car ride from the provincial capital of Kunming, Sam and Andrew arrived in a small Yunnan village, where most residents had never even seen a foreigner. Their real story began after they became acquainted with the village and the students in the school. Not long after they began teaching, …read more

WeChat “Red Envelopes” sent over the Spring Festival donated to charity

Over the last few years, the ancient Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes filled with cash to friends and family during the Spring Festival has been taken up by the mobile phone app WeChat. The app now allows users to send each other virtual “Red Envelopes” containing money. During last year’s Spring Festival, over 8 billion such “Red Envelopes” were delivered by WeChat users. During this year’s Spring Festival, many charity organizations called on the public to donate a portion of the money they received in “Red Envelopes” over the Spring Festival, hoping to use the money to fund the organizations’ budgets or projects. According to the Yangtze Evening News, …read more

23 ex-classmates donate Spring Festival money to impoverished girl

A recent report by the Yanzhao Evening News tells the story of 23 junior high classmates who donated their Spring Festival spending money to a girl in need in Hebei Province. For days on end, the group of classmates from Baoding had been fixated on a trending Wechat post about the impoverished 12 year old girl. “Last year we got together and spent money on drinks and entertainment for ourselves, but this year we are spending the same money on food and supplies for a girl in need”, one of the classmates, called Pang Shi Cong, told interviewers yesterday. Pang Shi Cong explained that his group of junior high classmates …read more

China’s philanthropy sector embracing blockchain

Blockchain, the technology behind the virtual currency Bitcoin, is creating a new model for charities in China. Around the end of 2016 Zhongtopia, an online mutual aid networks platform, used blockchain technology to create Xinchain, a database which can track the transactions of charitable donations. According to Zhongtopia’s CEO Qiaoke, as a shared public ledger Xinchain is able to turn giving donations into a traceable, tamper-proof process. “With Xinchain, we hope to enable the public to see the real situation of the charity sector, while at the same time allowing charities to gain trust from the public”, says Qiaoke. Following Xinchain’s initial success, Ant Financial, the affiliate of the Alibaba Group Holding …read more

UNDP launches new program to align Chinese philanthropy’s efforts with SDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will partner with the China Foundation Center to deepen the convergence between Chinese philanthropy and sustainable development, as the two organizations jointly launched a program of cooperation in Beijing on January 6. The program, entitled “Philanthropy and Sustainable Development — China Action”, aims to encourage China’s philanthropic sector to align itself with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by tapping into the China Foundation Center’s large volume of data. As an influential platform for information disclosure within China’s philanthropic sector, the Center possesses much philanthropic data and a large impact in the industry. The program will contribute to data analytics, the creation of a real-time …read more

Shanghai’s Adream tops transparency ranking of China’s philanthropic foundations

Shanghai’s Adream Charitable Foundation is China’s most transparent philanthropic foundation, followed by China Red Cross foundation and China Charities Aid Foundation for Children, according to the 2016 Chinese Philanthropic Foundation Transparency Ranking. Jiemian News, a well-established digital media, released the rankings last Friday. It picked 50 philanthropic foundations out of the 300 with the highest charity expenditure in 2016. The ranking takes into account the width and depth of information disclosure of the foundations, in practice the fundraising details, financial reports and daily information that may influence the running of their projects. The team that used to compile the now defunct Forbes China Philanthropy list took part in the creation …read more

Reflections on Public Welfare Events in 2016

Editor’s Note This article was originally published in 慈善公益报 (Charity and Philantrophy Report). It is a reflection on some of the main events that shook the world of Chinese charity in 2016, including the Luo Er incident, and what they mean for the industry. Below is our translation. Today the benefits brought to charity by the Internet are not limited to online appeals for help, online donations and the spreading of information. Like a magnifying glass, the Internet can not only increase publicity for public welfare events, but also intensify public scrutiny on any incidents that occur in this field. Looking back at the major events of 2016 in the field of …read more

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Shenzhen man Luo Er’s attempt to raise funds for the treatment of his five-year old daughter, struck with leukaemia, turned into one of the most controversial incidents of the year for China’s charity sector. This article by Southern Weekly provides an in-depth analysis of the whole affair.

Chinese billionaire’s investment in Caltech disappoints Chinese scientists

Chinese billionaire Chen Tianqiao announced on December 7 that he would donate $115 million to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for brain research, in order to crack the fundamental principles that underlie brain functions. The donation invited heated debate among Chinese scientists. Qiu Zilong, a research fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, commented that he was both surprised and disappointed by the donation. Chen Yelin, a researcher at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said “Chen has done something incredible, but research on neuroscience in the US has been very successful and an additional $115 million won’t bring significant changes. …read more