Keyword: Social Organization

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.

A Working Commission on Rare Diseases set up on World Rare Disease Day

A Working Commission on Rare Diseases set up on World Rare Disease Day

The Working Commission for Rare Diseases was set up by the CSWF on World Rare Disease Day.

Foundations take care of the elderly on behalf of their children

A project for institutions to help elderly people with special needs was launched in Beijing on the 17th of January. Li Hongbing, the deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau attended the opening ceremony and gave an address, in which he said that “given the current aging of the population, it is of vital importance for the whole of society to guarantee that the elderly are well supported and protected. As a result, the institutions of care for the elderly are playing a larger role in achieving that goal”. When emergencies (like over-spending medical costs or sudden severe diseases) occur during an old person’s stay in an institution of care, …read more

“Walls of Kindness” survive in Zhengzhou but are shut down in other cities

“Walls of Kindness” survive in Zhengzhou but are shut down in other cities

While the “Walls of Kindness” were shut down in many Chinese cities, it prospered in Zhengzhou, this is due to good management and maintenance.

An interview with Mark Sidel: engaging with Chinese philanthropy from a global perspective

An interview with Mark Sidel: engaging with Chinese philanthropy from a global perspective

An interview with Mark Sidel, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in which Professor Sidel discusses the current status of philanthropy in China and worldwide.

State Council encourages social organizations to help the poor

A document entitled The Opinion on Further Improvement on the Poor Support System has been released by China’s State Council on the 10th of February. The document points out that it is necessary to ensure the basic livelihoods of the poor and improve the systems of social support. It also encourages social organizations to provide impoverished people with voluntary services, services bought from the government and charitable donations, creating a harmonious environment in which the whole of society cares for the poor and gets involved in helping them. If poor people need to be looked after at home, the government can ask their relatives, friends, social organizations or organizations offering social work services …read more