Keyword: Philanthropy

The rebuilding of Nepalese school destroyed in quake completed with Chinese assistance

The rebuilding of Nepalese school destroyed in quake completed with Chinese assistance

A ceremony was held on September 19 in Katmandu, Nepal, to celebrate the completion of the rebuilding of the Yuba Sahabhagita School. This is the first permanent school constructed with Chinese assistance after Nepal’s dreadful Earthquake in April 2015. The school was rebuilt with donations from Suning, one of the largest privately owned electrical appliance retailers in China, and construction assistance by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA, 中国扶贫基金会). On April 25th, 2015, the Yuba Sahabhagita School collapsed and was completely destroyed by the power of the 8.1 magnitude earthquake and the following aftershocks. In the over two years that followed the school’s 700 students have had to attend class in temporary tin …read more

Professor Jia Xijin: the First Six Months of the ONGO Law’s Implementation

Professor Jia Xijin: the First Six Months of the ONGO Law’s Implementation

This talk by Tsinghua professor Jia Xijin looks at the first half-year of the Overseas NGO Law’s implementation, and how overseas NGOs can face the challenges they encounter when trying to register.

Report: China has the potential to transform philanthropic sector

Report: China has the potential to transform philanthropic sector

Philanthropic actors in China have the potential to transform the charity sector in the country while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report released on Monday. The report titled “Philanthropy for the SDGs in China” was jointly released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and China Foundation Center (CFC) during the ongoing Beijing Charity Week. The report is the outcome of a joint program under the same name by the two organization launched in January 2017. It aims to mobilize Chinese philanthropic actors to achieve the SDGs by linking philanthropic actions to those goals and showing their contributions to the development agenda through a real-time …read more

You Zhonghui first Chinese woman to sign the

You Zhonghui first Chinese woman to sign the “Giving Pledge”

Chinese entrepreneur You Zhonghui signed the “Giving Pledge” on May 30. The Giving Pledge is an initiative set up by the Gates couple and Warren Buffett in 2010, whose signatories promise to donate more than half of their wealth to charity. You is the first woman from Mainland China to sign the pledge. You Zhonghui and Bill Gates  It appears that the decision was not taken on a whim, but after long consideration. Those familiar with You Zhonghui would not be surprised by her choice. You has long been active in the philanthropic field. As an entrepreneur, she is well known for promoting the informatization of education in China, and promoting the …read more

Philanthropic dialogue on poverty alleviation held in Hebian village, Xishuangbanna

Philanthropic dialogue on poverty alleviation held in Hebian village, Xishuangbanna

A forum entitled “the Hebian Philanthropic Dialogue” took place on June 25th in the small village of Hebian, in Yunnan’s famous Xishuangbanna region, an area bordering Thailand that is well-known for its tropical climate and distinctive local culture. The event was organized by the Xiaoyun Poverty Alleviation Center, with the support of the Southern Public Welfare Foundation (SPWF). During the forum governmental officials, NGOs workers and scholars discussed both the theoretical and practical challenges that charitable organizations face when they engage in poverty alleviation. Source:ifeng.com During the first discussion Xu Yonguang, chairman of SPWF, pointed out that the philanthropic sector constitutes a rather small portion of China’s overall socio-economic panorama. In …read more

Zhu Jiangang on the Development of Community Foundations in China

Zhu Jiangang on the Development of Community Foundations in China

China’s community foundations are still few in number, but the majority of those now in existence were created over the last couple of years. In this article and interview, academic and foundation director Zhu Jiangang discusses their challenges and future prospects.

Same Bed, Different Dreams? The Divergent Pathways of Foundations and Grassroots NGOs in China

Same Bed, Different Dreams? The Divergent Pathways of Foundations and Grassroots NGOs in China

The cooperation between China’s wealthy philanthropic foundations and the country’s many grassroots NGOs has often been uneasy and fraught with misunderstanding, and levels of support and funding remain low. This paper by Shawn Shieh examines the reasons for this disconnect, and offers possible solutions.

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