Keyword: Social Organization

Alibaba’s annual report for the 2016 fiscal year reveals extent of charitable activities

On May 25th, Alibaba released its annual report for the fiscal year of 2016 (which goes from the 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2016). The report specially explains Alibaba’s social responsibility model and fully uncovers the scope of its charitable activities for the first time. Alibaba has announced since 2010 that it will donate 3 out of every 1000 yuan of each year’s operating income to charity, in order to create a charitable atmosphere, develop charitable undertakings and promote a sustainable development which is helpful to the relationship between humans, society and nature. The company has continued to provide aid for natural disasters, support for the poor and …read more

Revised Regulations on the Registration and Management of Civil Non-Enterprise Units released online for public consultation

The Provisional Regulations on the Registration and Management of Civil Non-Enterprise Unit (Revised Draft for Public Consultation) has been released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China after an in-depth investigation and an experiential summary. The new law is supposed to revise the existing regulations in order to better reflect the status and attributes of social service organizations. Comments on the draft can be made via several different ways listed below. The deadline for comments is the 26th of June. 1) Comments can be submitted via the website http://www.mca.gov.cn. 2) Comments can be sent as emails to zcfgs@mca.gov.cn. 3) Comments can also be posted to the …read more

First foundation under “full trusteeship” appears in China

Li Peng, the director-general of the China Philanthropy Service Alliance (公益组织服务联盟), last month signed an agreement for full trusteeship with the Dream One Foundation (梦无缺基金会). According to the agreement, the China Philanthropy Service Alliance will take over all of the five basic components of the Dream One Foundation’s operations, including administration, communication, the informatization system, finance and the secretariat, and help the Dream One Foundation in its all-round daily operations. The China Philanthropy Service Alliance was set up last September. It is a third-party alliance made up of several service agencies supporting the development of philanthropy, and its first batch of partners includes Share One Consulting (善远咨询), Hi-CSR (益起来社会责任机构), Gongyifang …read more

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

A Confucius School was opened inside a prison in Luzhong, Shandong Province, in the beginning of the month. Unlike the more famous Confucius Institutes, the Confucius Schools are a large-scale cultural program organized by the China Confucius Foundation with the aim of spreading Confucian thought, promoting traditional culture, and strengthening local communities. Starting in July 2014 over five hundred schools have been opened in mainland China, including provinces like Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Tibet. This Confucius School in Luzhong is the first school the foundation has opened inside a prison. Staff members at the prison said that the school helped to provide educational resources and professional knowledge which were mostly unavailable to …read more

“Intelligent Micro School” Project launched to support education in rural areas

“Intelligent Micro School” Project launched to support education in rural areas

The “Intelligent Micro School” Project (智能微校), sponsored by the China Youth Development Foundation (中国青少年发展基金会) and Baidu, was officially launched in Beijing this Tuesday. The project uses the platform provided by the internet to help construct new schoolhouses in rural areas. On the same day, the “Intelligent Micro School” (http://5yuan.cydf.org.cn) website was also launched. Through this website, people can “upvote” the schoolhouse design they like and donate money to support it. Baidu will then match the donation with an equivalent sum. That is to say that if someone donates 5 yuan, the Baidu foundation will donate 5 yuan as well. All the donations will add to the special fund for Project Hope, …read more

First Chinese Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise Reports Kicks Off in Beijing

The first award for news reports on Chinese social enterprises officially kicked off in Beijing on the 10th of May. The award aims to select outstanding reports on social enterprises, and reward them with sums going from two thousand to twenty thousand yuan. All work focusing on Chinese social enterprises, regardless of its form, can be submitted. An official name for the prize is still under selection. The award was initiated by the China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum (中国社会企业与社会投资论坛(联盟)), the first Chinese non-profit organization dedicated to social enterprises and social investment. A social enterprise is an organization which uses commercial strategies to solve social problems. Such organizations were not common in China …read more

“Free the Smiling Angels

“Free the Smiling Angels” Project to protect finless porpoises

The start of the “Free the Smiling Angels” Project was officially announced yesterday by the Tianjin Fishery Administration Office in Tianjin’s Haichang Polar Ocean Park. On the same day two adorable wild finless porpoises called Yangyang and Xiaohua were successfully released into their home, the Yellow Sea. Finless porpoises are a kind of aquatic mammal closely related to dolphins. They are known for the wide smiles which they appear to maintain all the time. As Liu Qing, head of the local Institute of Zoology, explained: “finless porpoises are very lovely and like to be intimate with human beings. I feel very happy to see them gradually recover. I hope that more …read more

“Bamboo Grove Project” to fund young scholars in China announced

“Bamboo Grove Project” to fund young scholars in China announced

China Charity Alliance and the Dunhe Foundation have announced the start of the “Bamboo Grove Project” (竹林计划) . The project will provide 1.5 million yuan to fund young scholars who want to carry out theoretical research in the field of charity. The project was announced on China’s Youth Day, which falls on the 4th of May. It will be funded by the Dunhe Foundation and executed by China Charity Alliance. The “Bamboo Grove Project” plans to target current postgraduates, PhD students, young scholars and charity practitioners under 40. As Liu Zhouhong, the general secretary of Dunhe Foundation, said: “I hope the ‘Bamboo Grove Project’ will develop a group of researchers and scholars of charity …read more

Chinese foundation aids the victims of Ecuador earthquake

Chinese foundation aids the victims of Ecuador earthquake

Following the recent earthquake in Ecuador, the Amity Foundation has worked with the Taiwan Cross-Straits Christian Association, the Andrew Charity Association and other charity organisations and philanthropists in Hong Kong in order to provide assistance. This is the first time that civil society groups from the Mainland and Taiwan cooperate in overseas assistance, marking a milestone in cross-strait civil society cooperation. According to the official figures from Ecuador, 659 people are known to have died in the quake, with 40 people still missing and 29,067 resettled by the 26th of April. On the 28th April, with the assistance of the Ecuadorian Chinese Federation and Yathay (a city in Ecuador), the Amity …read more

The General Office of the State Council issues the 2016 Legislative Work Plan

The 2016 Legislative Work Plan has been issued by the General Office of the State Council. The specific work plan is divided into four parts, including urgent projects that are essential for comprehensively deepening reform (全面深化改革急需的项目), projects that should be finished this year (力争年内完成的项目), preparatory projects (预备项目) and research projects (研究项目). While the Charity Law has been enacted, the revision of regulations that do not match the Law and the drafting of supporting policies have not followed up. The 2016 Legislative Work Plan includes some work plans related to the Charity Law. The urgent projects included cover Regulations on Volunteer Services (志愿服务条例),Regulations on Foundation Administration (基金会管理条例),Regulations on the Registration and Administration …read more

Tree planting restores hope for bereaved parents

Tree planting restores hope for bereaved parents

Three foundations organized tree planting activity for elderly who lost their only child, hoping to comfort their pain.

Legislations for Foreign NGOs; how will the second boot land?

Legislations for Foreign NGOs; how will the second boot land?

Tsinghua University professor Jia Xijin discusses the possible consequences of the soon to be approved “Overseas NGOs Management Law” on China’s non-profit sector, and provides some recommendations.

“Interpretation and Application of the Charity Law” published by the People’s Publishing House

The book (《中华人民共和国慈善法解读与应用》) was officially published by the People’s Publishing House(人民出版社) on the 5th of April.

Charity Law for Dummies

Charity Law for Dummies

The Charity Law is China’s first national-level legislation governing its charitable sector. Want to know how the Charity Law will affect you? Read on!

Chinese grassroots organizations receive an average score of 32.44 in transparency index

Chinese grassroots organizations receive an average score of 32.44 in transparency index

The recently released <Transparency Report of China Grassroots Philanthropic Organizations (2015)>(《中国民间公益组织透明度发展研究报告(2015)》) has provided some interesting facts regarding the development of Chinese NGOs. Launched by the Union of Self-Disciplinary Organizations (USDO), the report includes 1738 philanthropic institutions, covering 17 domains of activity. The average score given by the 2015 China Grassroots Transparency Index (GTI) was 32.44, which represents a big progress compared to the previous year’s 27.87. Even so, there is still a long way to go. The institutions that scored highest are those that focus on the handicapped, while those that scored lowest are the ones active in the field of labour and rights, which received an average score of …read more

Charity Law draft limits public fundraising foundations’ management fee to 10% of expenditures

Following the review of the third draft of China’s Charity Law during China’s “two sessions”, Article 60 of the draft has captured a certain amount of public attention and stirred up some heated debate. The original article states that ”annual expenditures for charity activities by foundations with the qualifications for public fund-raising shall be no less than 70% of the average revenue of the past three years and the annual management costs (年度管理成本) shall not exceed 15% of annual expenditures.” Many delegates to the two sessions, however, considered the percentage for annual management costs to be way too high and suggested that the percentage be lowered. In the morning of March 12th, during …read more

Clarifications provided regarding the Third Draft of the Charity Law

Compared to the second version, the Third Draft contains changes in articles related to charitable fund-raising (慈善募捐), charitable trusts (慈善信托) and charitable assets (慈善财产)

The Draft of the Charity Law specifies regulations concerning fundraising activities

The Draft of the Charity Law has specified the entities of fundraising activities, which was of widespread public concern.