Keyword: Social Organization

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

Doing Charity in China's Poshest Neighbourhood

Doing Charity in China’s Poshest Neighbourhood

What is it like to conduct charity work in China’s most fancy and cosmopolitan neighbourhood? This article reviews the development of community organizations in Beijing’s Sanlitun sub-district.

New research centre on Chinese philanthropic trusts unveiled in Beijing

New research centre on Chinese philanthropic trusts unveiled in Beijing

The Chinese Philanthropic Trusts Practice & Development Forum, co-hosted by the China Philanthropy Institute of Beijing Normal University, the China Global Philanthropy Institute and Xinhua Net, officially kicked off on the 9th of August. The new Research Centre on Philanthropic Trusts subordinated to the China Philanthropy Institute was also unveiled during the event. Chuanjie Gao, a distinguished research fellow who used to work for the China Banking Regulatory Commission and participated in the enactment of the ‘Trust Law’, was appointed as the director. (Chuanjie Gao on the right) At present, the supporting regulations and services for Chinese philanthropic trusts are almost non-existent, but there is great potential for improvement. The …read more

Fifth session of the China Charity Fair to be held in Shenzhen

The General Office of the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Notice on organizations participating in the fifth session of the China Charity Fair” on July the 19th. As stated in the Notice, the Charity Fair will be held from September 23 to September 25 in Shenzhen, with its main venue in the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center and parallel venues in some communities in Bao’an District. The Notice explains that the Charity Fair will strive to implement China’s new Charity Law and the “Decisions of the Central Committee and the State Council on Fighting Against Poverty”, follow the ideas of innovation, coordination, green development, openness and sharing, focus on the …read more

China's first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

China’s first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

According to statistics, light pollution has deprived two thirds of world’s city dwellers of the chance to see the constellations and the Milky Way. Excessive artificial lighting also affects the physical and psychological health of human and animals alike, and disturbs ecosystems. In response to these emerging issues, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has given birth to a pilot project to build China’s first dark-sky preservations in Tibet. The plan is to build two Dark-sky parks in two locations within the Tibetan plateau, called Ngari and Nagqu, in order to preserve the view of the night sky and conduct astronomical research, as well as educate visitors …read more

Identifying the role of youth organizations in environmental protection

A Round Table of Chinese Environmental Protection Youth Organizations was held in Liupanshui, Guizhou on July 6. Nearly fourty environmental protection organizations attended the conference, discussing the establishment of a coordinated governance system on environmental protection and the role of youth organizations. Regarding the difficulties for social organizations, the director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs Ma Jun claimed that a deeper trust should be built between social organizations and the government and society. He also pointed out that the Central Communist Youth League was doing a good job of helping environmental organizations to better manage and govern their affairs. The project leader of Beijing Global Village Liang …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs: large increase in Chinese social work in 2015

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs issued yesterday the social service development statistics bulletin for 2015. This annual bulletin presents a wide array of statistics on social work and social services in China. By the end of 2015, according to the annual joint provincial inspection, there were 1.765 million social service institutions with a year-on-year growth of 5.8%; 13.089 million social staff with a year-on-year growth of 4.6%; total fixed assets of 909.9 billion yuan with a year-on-year growth of 26.1%; and an expenditure of 493.64 billion yuan on social service work, with a year-on-year growth of 11.9%. Social work in China increased on a large scale in 2015, including social services provided …read more

2016 Cross-straits and Hong Kong & Macao Philanthropy Forum held in Hong Kong

The 2016 Cross-straits and Hong Kong & Macao Philanthropy Forum has been held in Hong Kong over the last two days. A total of over 300 specialists and scholars, representatives of philanthropy groups and prestigious entrepreneurs gathered in Hong Kong to discuss the sustainable development of philanthropy. The theme of the forum was “shared benefits, shared responsibility and common innovation”, aiming to further strengthen exchange and cooperation in the field of philanthropy across the Taiwan Strait, Hong Kong & Macau. The event was organized by the China Charity Alliance, the School of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong, the Macau Foundation, the TZU CHI Philanthropy Foundation, the Taiwan NPO …read more

2016 C20 conference starts off in Qingdao

The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conference of 2016 got off to a promising start in Qingdao this Tuesday. The theme of this year’s C20 is “poverty eradication, green development, and innovation: the role of civil society”. The conference is co-organized by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the UN Association of China. Over 210 representatives from 170 Chinese and overseas civil organizations have been invited to attend. As an important supplement to the G20 summit, the C20 conference is a platform from which civil society can provide recommendations for governments and all sectors of society. During the conference’s inauguration, state councilor Yang Jiechi read a congratulatory letter by Chinese president …read more

Top 100 Chinese social work organizations of 2015 nominated

Top 100 Chinese social work organizations of 2015 nominated

In order to promote the standardized management of social work and its sustainable development, the Social Work School of the Open University of China and the Philanthropy Times organized a contest to nominate the “Top 100 Chinese Social Work Organizations of 2015”. Nearly 200 organizations from 22 provinces ran as candidates. Some interesting data about the winners is presented below. 1. Geographic Distribution: 44 out of the 100 top social work organizations come from Guangdong. The difference with other regions is thus very striking. Beijing comes second with 11 organizations and Shanghai comes third with 9. In total, 75 out of the 100 top social work organizations are located in …read more

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】The NGO Sector Cannot Forego Marketization

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】The NGO Sector Cannot Forego Marketization

Director of the Narada Foundation Xu Yongguang shares his views on the marketization of Chinese NGOs, claiming that this process will aid the efficiency and competitiveness of the sector and serve as an antidote to state control.

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】There is the Market, but where is the Fairness?

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】There is the Market, but where is the Fairness?

The marketization of China’s NGO sector has been the object of much debate in recent years. This article presents the views of an author who feels that the forces of the market are incompatible with the sector’s identity and values.