Guangzhou: 24 Social Organizations at the City Level have Directly Registered
In Guangzhou, 24 social organizations at the city level have been able to directly register, with the shortest time of application being only 20 days. On May 1, Guangzhou released a Work Plan to Implement the Social Innovation Project for “Direct Registration of Guangzhou City Social Organizations”. The policy allowing direct registration is open to social organizations from the following eight categories (but does not include private educational, medical or training institutions): industry associations, chambers of commerce, public service, social service, economic, science and technology, sports and cultural organizations.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 5: The Ministry of Civil Affairs and Guangdong Move Forward
This month saw both the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) and the trailblazing province of Guangdong moving ahead with new initiatives.
Ministry of Civil Affairs: various measures to promote openness and transparency among charitable organizations
At a news conference, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo explained that the recent media stories and public criticism over various scandals and problems in the charitable sector have prompted authorities to take faster action in prompting openness and transparency in the sector.
Government Plans to Give All NGOs Equal Treatment
In discussing current efforts to simplify the registration process for NGOs, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, noted that political and human rights NGOs would receive the same treatment as NGOs working in the social services and charitable sectors.
NGOs not registered with Civil Affairs will have difficulty getting funding from foundations
On April 26, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued “Some Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior (Trial Implementation)” for public comment. In response, around 30 foundations came together to present their opinions on the regulations.
Guangzhou NGOs Given Public Fundraising Authority
As part of the ongoing social management innovations in Guangdong, new Guangzhou fundraising regulations will go into effect on May 1 of this year, and will allow social organizations, civil non-enterprise units and nonprofit public institutions to fundraise publicly.
Ministry of Civil Affairs: “Some regulations concerning the standardization of foundation behavior (trial implementation)” issued for public comment
In an effort to ensure that foundations work on behalf of the public interest, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has issued a draft of “Certain Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior”
POLICY BRIEF NO. 4: Coopting Chinese NGOs?
Several news articles during this period offer a more sobering assessment of developments in the nonprofit sector, or the “charitable” or “public welfare” sector as it is commonly referred to in the Chinese press and official documents. These articles highlight an effort by the Chinese government to maintain close ties to, and control over, social organizations
POLICY BRIEF NO. 3: Developments in February/March of 2012
In February and March of 2012, there was more news of reforms lowering barriers to social organization activity in other regions and sectors.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 2: The Guangdong and Yunnan experiments in 2012
In early 2012, Guangdong province was still in the news as the trailblazer in reforming the registration and management system for nonprofits.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 1: The Fate of the Charity Law and Other National-level Legislation
While local legislation has been making significant headway, national-level legislation appears to be on hold. The long-awaited revisions to the regulations governing the registration and management of social organizations, and the Charity Law, have both been delayed, despite rumors that their passage is imminent
Ministry of Civil Affairs official, Li Yong, proposes “direct registration” and “establishing party groups” for all NGOs
Article about a meeting at Tsinghua University attended by two officials heading the NGO management office in the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
For Public Interest Groups, Registration is Difficult, Taxes and Fees are Onerous and Resources are Few
rofessor Wang Ming, director of Tsinghua University’s NGO Research Center and a member of the national Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference made a proposal to carry out more favorable tax policies for non-public fundraising foundations and social organizations, and to promote more government contracting to grassroots social organizations.
Shenzhen will expand the categories of social organizations that can register directly with Civil Affairs
Shenzhen announced it would further its social management reforms by expanding the categories of social organizations that can register directly with Civil Affairs without pre-approval from a supervising unit.
The Minister of Civil Affairs on “NGO direct registration”: promoting the Guangdong experience
Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo is again quoted as saying that the Ministry of Civil Affairs seeks to promote nationwide the more liberal Guangdong experiment allowing social organizations to register directly with Civil Affairs.
Yunnan Social Organizations Will be Able to Directly Register This Year
Yunnan province announced it would carry out a new social management plan for this year, and allow social organizations working in the public welfare, charitable, and social services areas to register directly with Civil Affairs.
Religious Organizations Can Establish Foundations, Social Welfare Organizations, and Nonprofit Hospitals in Accordance wth the Law
Several government and Party bodies have jointly published Opinions on Encouraging and Regulating Religious Entities to Engage in Charitable Activities.