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The “Charity Law” and the Recognition of Charitable Organizations

The “Charity Law” and the Recognition of Charitable Organizations

Since being officially implemented in September, China’s new Charity Law has had a great impact on the philanthropic sector. This article from the China Philanthropy Times describes some of the difficulties that have beset the law’s implementation over the last few months, particularly in the area of the official recognition of charity organisations.

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

With the support of the Beijing Hongdao Charity Foundation’s “Don’t Let Go of the Hands” (爱不释手) project, a little girl named Shiyuan, who suffered from a congenital deformity of her right hand, underwent a successful operation in Beijing’s Jishuitan Hospital on September 19, 2016. When Shiyuan’s gauze was removed, seeing her rehabilitated right hand her family burst into tears. When Shiyuan was born, she was found to be suffering from hexadactylia on her right hand (in other words, she was born with six fingers). Shiyuan’s family decided to put off the operation to remove the additional finger until she was a little older. When Shiyuan turned four, she became very self-conscious …read more

The Ministry of Public Security provides clarifications on the Overseas NGO Law

The Ministry of Public Security provides clarifications on the Overseas NGO Law

A briefing was held by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau in Shanghai last Tuesday (November 8th), in order to inform various consulate generals of the preparatory work for the implementation of the PRC’s law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China. Some outstanding issues were addressed during the briefing, including whether there can be a “transitional period” or a “period of grace” after the law is implemented, if overseas NGOs can conduct activities in different regions and how to determine the competent agency when an overseas NGO works in different fields. Regarding the question of whether there …read more

Independent Life project helps the disabled integrate into society

Independent Life project helps the disabled integrate into society

The graduation ceremony of the third Independent Life project was held by the China-dolls Centre for Rare Disorders in the Tiantan Youth Activity Centre in Beijing on November 7th. The project is committed to cultivating disabled people’s ability to live independently and autonomously. It included four courses on the topics of “self-acceptance”, “family growth”, “social interaction” and “independent behavior”. The project lasted for half a year, with the aim of helping disabled people become more independent and gradually integrate into society. The performance at the graduation ceremony focused on living an independent life. Students were fully responsible for every stage of their performance, from the planning, design and layout to …read more

Forum calls for social forces to participate in the preservation of cultural relics

Forum calls for social forces to participate in the preservation of cultural relics

The first forum for social forces involved in the protection of cultural relics was held by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) and Guangming Daily in Beijing on November 3rd. The policies, mechanisms and legislation for the involvement of social forces in the conservation of cultural relics were discussed during the forum. Representatives of charitable foundations, grassroots social organizations, state social organizations, academics and volunteers in related fields all attended. The deputy chief editor of Guangming Daily gave a speech at the forum. He said that every generation should be and must be the protector of historical relics, so that cultural heritage can be handed over to the …read more

“Green Long March, Walking for Charity” activity raises donations for reforestation

The second “Green Long March, Walking for Charity” activity, lasting two months, came to a successful end on October 23rd. The aim of the activity was to mark the eightieth anniversary of the Red Army’s Long March and to promote its spirit of bravery, determination, unity and loyalty. More than 120,000 people were involved in the 72-day activity. If they had travelled the same distance by car, this would have produced 1.2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions. The charitable activity was organized by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the General Administration of Sport. During the event, whenever a person achieved a personal …read more

Yellow bracelets help the elderly find their way home

Yellow bracelets help the elderly find their way home

The “Let Love Go Back Home” project, initiated by Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, has just come to end for 2016 in Qingdao Province. 2016 was the fourth year in the project’s five-year plan to distribute yellow bracelets to the elderly. About 200,000 of the bracelets have already been distributed to more than 10 provinces in Mainland China, as well as Hong Kong and the United States, by Huang Xiaoming’s Tomorrow Foundation. The yellow bracelets are good-looking and practical wristbands with the wearers’ information on them. Their purpose is to help lost elderly people and children find their way home. In 2016, “Huang Xiaoming Lets Love Go Back Home” won the …read more

Public meeting marks International Snow Leopard Day in Beijing

Public meeting marks International Snow Leopard Day in Beijing

An organization known as the “Snow Leopard Guardians” organized a public meeting in Beijing’s 798 Art District to mark International Snow Leopard Day on October 23rd. Experts on snow leopard research and protection, staff from foundations and social organizations and even a few artists working on installations related to the snow leopard attended and discussed creative ways to protect snow leopards from extinction. The activity helped the audience learn more about the snow leopard and become more aware of the significance of environmental conservation. A charity bazaar was also held at the scene, in which a great number of works of art, books and paintings of snow leopards were on …read more

Wang Zhenyao: in Future, Competition between Charities will be the Norm

Wang Zhenyao: in Future, Competition between Charities will be the Norm

In this interview translated from Legal Weekly, the director of the China Philanthropy Research Institute Wang Zhenyao talks about the potential impact of China’s new Charity Law on the country’s charity organizations.

Regulations on the annual management expenditure of charitable organizations released

New regulations on the annual management expenditure of charitable organizations were released on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) on October 20th. These regulation were formulated by the MCA, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation. According to the new Charity Law, which passed into effect in September, charitable organizations should actively conduct charitable activities, using their funds properly and effectively. They should reduce unnecessary expenses and keep management expenditure to the minimum. More specifically, for charitable foundations with the qualification for raising donations from the public, the proportion of annual expenditure must be higher than 70% of the general income of the previous year …read more

International NGOs Worry over Finding Sponsors

International NGOs Worry over Finding Sponsors

China’s new law on the management of international NGOs will soon come into force. In this article the author discusses her concern that it may be difficult for foreign NGOs to find a sponsor and obtain legal status in China.

Draft of the Guidelines for the Registration and Temporary Activities of Overseas NGOs released

Draft of the Guidelines for the Registration and Temporary Activities of Overseas NGOs released

A forum for overseas NGOs was held by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau in Shanghai on October 14th. During the forum it was announced that a draft version of the “Guidelines for the Registration and Temporary Activities of Overseas NGOs” has been released in order to receive public feedback. The official and final version will be released before the PRC’s Law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China is implemented on January 1st, 2017. According to Hao Yunhong, a representative of the Overseas NGOs Management Office, the MPS is paying much attention to the service and management …read more

The fifth Chinese Charity Expo inaugurated in Shenzhen

The fifth Chinese Charity Expo inaugurated in Shenzhen

The fifth Chinese Charity Expo was inaugurated in Shenzhen on the 23rd of September. The Chinese Charity Expo is an annual event jointly organised by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, the Guangdong provincial government, the Shenzhen municipal government and the China Charity Alliance. The Chinese government has declared the year of 2016 to be the critical beginning of the process of building a “moderately well-off society”. It is also the first year that China’s new Charity Law takes effect. This year’s expo was thus given the theme of ‘promoting poverty relief through legislation’. It is also supposed to stress the concepts of innovation, …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs: individual requests for aid do not constitute public offerings

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) organized a press conference on September 8th to clarify that cases of people soliciting for help on an individual basis are not covered by the regulations of the Charity Law. Media outlets that publish private requests for aid should also provide an alert on the risks involved for the public. Qing An, a representative of the MCA, explained that the issue of individual solicitations for help proved to be controversial during the process of drawing up the Charity Law, and it was eventually decided not to include it within the scope of the Law. The Charity Law only stipulates that individuals are allowed to …read more

Online public offering to help restore the Great Wall

A public offering for the Conservation of the Great Wall was held at the Great Hall of the People by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) on the first of September. This was the first public offering for the preservation of the Great Wall, and also China’s first public offering for the conservation of cultural heritage to make use of the internet. As one of the largest single pieces of cultural heritage in the world, the Great Wall has been suffering from both natural and human damage for thousands of years, and it has been listed as one of the hundred most endangered historic sites worldwide. The CFCHC aims to promote the Wall’s …read more

Beijing Charity Week to give publicity to the Charity Law

China’s Charity Law has officially come into force on the first of September 2016. As the first basic and comprehensive law for all charitable activities, it is supposed to lead and promote the development of charity in China. Beijing‘s Civil Affairs Bureau held a press conference on the 29th of August centring around the Charity Law, during which some related activities were announced. Beijing’s municipal government has set a goal for the building of a ‘charitable Beijing’ which takes the city’s special urban identity and development strategies into account. This goal has been included in the city’s ’13th five-year plan’, and a document has been published including the detailed guidelines and principles …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs sets bottom line for charitable organizations’ annual expenditures

The Ministry of Civil Affairs recently unveiled the Draft of the Standards for Charitable Organizations’ Annual Expenditures for Charity Activities and Management Fees. The Draft is based on Article 60 of the Charity Law, and it will remain open to public feedback from the 25th to the 31st of August. The Draft aims to set a bottom line for the annual expenditures for charity activities of different types of charitable organizations. Certified public fundraising foundations’ annual expenditures shall exceed 70% of the total revenue of the previous year, while their management fees shall not exceed 10% of the annual expenditures of the same year. The annual expenditures of social groups and …read more

China’s first coordinated platform for the media and civil society initiated

China’s first coordinated platform for the media and civil society initiated

The 21st Century Philanthropy-Media Coordination Platform was recently initiated in Beijing by more than ten Chinese social organisations, with the sponsorship of the Huibai Charity Fund. The platform aims to address a number of problems with Chinese social organisations, including late news releases and an inability to guide and influence public opinion. Taking these issues into account, the platform will promote the sharing of resources through the cooperation between social organisations and media, and ultimately help philanthropic organisations better serve society. The president of the 21st Century Charity Fund, Lu Junfeng, remarked that there needs to be the right social climate for the spread of philanthropic attitudes. The creation of this kind of …read more