Keyword: Philanthropy

Number of university foundations in China reaches 537, with net assets of over 30 billion yuan

The 19th annual meeting of the Work Research Branch of the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) was held in Beijing on November 16-18. The meeting was focused mainly on Chinese university foundations. There are currently 537 university foundations in China. By the end of 2016, the net assets of university foundations had passed the 30 billion yuan mark, accounting for more than 50% of all non-public foundations. In 2016 the total charitable donations they received amounted to over 700 million yuan, while their total public welfare expenditures were over 500 million yuan. It can be seen from these figures that university foundations have become an important force for the …read more

Annual Report on China’s Charitable Donations in 2016 released in Beijing

Annual Report on China’s Charitable Donations in 2016 released in Beijing

“Giving China: The Annual Report on Philanthropy” was released by the China Charity Alliance on November 2 in Beijing. According to the report, donations from domestic and international sources totalled 139.294 billion RMB, reaching a new historic high. The report notes that the Charity Law was officially implemented in 2016, and its authoritative and instructive legal effects quickly made themselves felt. Many relevant policies were introduced and several key problems in various sectors were addressed. What’s more, the law has directly promoted social donations over the past year. In 2016 China’s economy remained stable, and the good momentum made its effect felt on charitable donations. Total donations reached 139.294 billion RMB, …read more

The first social enterprise opens in Haining—a charitable vegetarian restaurant

China’s Philanthropy Times recently reported on a vegetarian restaurant that has been officially recognized as the first social enterprise in Haining, a Yangze Delta city in Zhejiang Province. The restaurant, called the “Nanguanxiang Vegetarian Restaurant” (南关厢素食馆) was opened in 2014. In spite of its limited size, it has been doing a roaring trade. The restaurant’s profits all go to a special account set up within the Charity Federation (慈善总会) by a Volunteer Committee. Except for the expenses of the restaurant, the rest all goes to charitable activities in the fields of poverty relief and medical aid. The enterprise was started by Chai Guorong, the executive vice-president of the Haining Volunteer Committee and manager of …read more

The first year of the Charity Law summed up

It has been just over a year since China’s Charity Law came into force on September 1st 2016. In a recent article for the China Social Organizations Magazine, professor Jia Xijin from Tsinghua University went through six focal points concerning the law’s implementation. We have tried to summarize them below: 1. Who has been regulated by the charity law? The main focus of the Charity Law is concentrated on charitable organizations. Therefore, the Charity Law regulates the establishment and operation of charitable organizations. 2. Has there been any progress in direct registration? According to the Charity Law, in order to establish charitable organizations it is necessary to apply for registration with …read more

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