The Educational NGOs Alliance makes its debut in Chengdu
The fourth annual conference of Chinese educational NGOs has just been held in Chengdu. Representatives from educational NGOs and educational practitioners held discussions about topics such as the dialogue between globalization and the current situation of local education, how educational NGOs help the development of rural teachers, the dilemmas and status of rural teachers, and the career development of rural teachers. Photo of the Educational NGOs Alliance at the conference The Educational NGOs Alliance made its debut during the conference. The Alliance is composed of nine organizations including CFPA, the 21st Century Education Research Institute, Beijing TAL foundation(北京好未来公益基金会), Beijing XDF foundation (北京新东方公益基金会), Western sunshine foundation (西部阳光农村发展基金会), Green & Shine Foundation …read more
Green NGOs win first lawsuit since the new environmental law took effect
The Nanping Intermediate People’s Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on October 29 in the first ever environmental litigation since China’s revised Environmental Protection Law took effect on January 1st, 2015. The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Nature and Green Home of Fujian (福建绿家园) earlier this year, was against four men for environmental damages in Nanping, Fujian Province. The defendants,charged with damaging forestry land, were ordered to pay 1.27 million yuan to restore the land within a limited time. They will face another fine of 1.1 million yuan if they fail to carry out the restoration work in time, according to the sentence. This case has played an exemplary role in getting compensation …read more
NGO Projects Don’t Have to be Flashy
A project officer in the Dunhe Foundation looks back at his three years working for this Foundation. He describes how the organization has grown since he first joined, but he also bemoans some of the problems he has encountered, which are due to both the immaturity of the sector and the inadequacy of many of the NGOs which receive the Foundation’s grants.
Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner held in Nanjing
On November 7th 2015, the Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner was held in Nanjing. Qiu Zhonghui, current vice president and general secretary of the Foundation, pointed out at the ceremony that philanthropy should go beyond national boundaries, languages and races, and mutual respect and equality should be the consensus for charities of all kinds. Photo taken at the 30th anniversary ceremony The Amity Foundation, founded in 1985, has developed from a three-people team to one with more than one thousand staff over the past 30 years. In 2004, the Foundation started to establish its own fundraising team, and the team has raised up to 2 billions yuan till the end …read more
Hepingtai Project empowers NGO sector in lower tier cities
The Zhenro Foundation, alongside the Dunhe and Narada Foundations, will launch a new funding project called Hepingtai（和平台）in 2016, in order to promote the growth of start-up NGOs in second and third tier Chinese cities. As an open platform, Hepingtai welcomes more foundations and corporations to join in this effort to strengthen the Chinese NGO ecological chain and empower grassroot NGOs. It will cooperate with regional NGO platforms, providing them with funding (less than 100,000 RMB) and crucial training to support start-up NGOs in their regions. The criteria for its platform partners are to have at least one full-time employee, previous experience in NGO support, and a business scale of over 200,000 RMB. Candidates are currently …read more
The Unusual Situation of the Chinese NGO Sector as seen from a Newcomer’s Perspective
This article discusses some of the flaws and limitations of China’s NGO sector. According to the author, many of those who work in China’s NGOs are unable to clearly define themselves and what they do, they view fundraising as akin to a business activity, and their morality falls well below internationally accepted standards and norms.
The Third Global Foundation Leaders Forum held in Nanjing
On September 24th and September 25th, the Third Global Foundation Leaders Forum (第三届世界大型基金会高峰论坛), co-hosted by China Foundation for Human Rights Development and Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, was held in Nanjing. The Forum attracted more than 100 experts and representatives of a variety of well-known foundations from over 30 countries and districts, including China, Russia and the US. Huang Mengfu, vice president of CPPCC National Committee and director of China Foundation for Human Rights Development, encouraged foundations of all countries to respect cultural differences, and to deepen their exchange and cooperation based on the principle of “agree to disagree”. Cui Yuying, vice president of CCPPD and deputy director of …read more
A Comparison Between Chinese and U.S. Philanthropy
CDB’s Chen Yimei outlines some of the key differences between the U.S. and Chinese philanthropic sectors.
China Public Welfare Project Contest enters final stages
The special training camp/the final evaluation stage of the fourth China Public Welfare Project Contest officially started on September 14th at Shenzhen Huaqiangbei International Innovator Center (深圳华强北国际创客中心). At the training camp, the 30 finalists will attend classes taught by cross-field experts and receive project training sepecially designed by experienced mentors in the industry. It will last 5 days from September 14th to September 18th. Camp activities will take place at Shenzhen Huaqiangbei International Innovator Center, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub (前海深港青年梦工厂) and the China Charity Fair venue. Liao Yuanfei, director of Shenzhen Civil Affairs Bureau, Xu Zhisheng, deputy director of Shenzhen Civil Affairs Bureau, and Lv Chenggang, chairman of Shenzhen …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