Keyword: Social Organization

“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

“Walls of Kindness” spring up in Chinese cities

“Wall of Kindness” have sprung up in many Chinese cities recently.

First guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project released in Chengdu

The first “Charity Chengdu” forum, jointly hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party and the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of Sichuan, was held in Chengdu on the 1st of February. The forum’s theme was “seeking a creative and standardized development”. During the event, the attending guests took part in a round-table on the themes of innovative entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, discussing the opportunities for social organizations to take part in the management of Chengdu, which is an international metropolis. In addition the first operational guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project, jointly launched by the Chengdu Xin Min Social Organization Development …read more

CFPA: over 90% of undergraduates have participated in volunteer activities

More than 90% of Chinese college students have volunteered to donate clothes, blood, and to provide social services, according to “The 2015 Report of Chinese College Students and Charity” by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation(CFPA).

A lawsuit on air pollution put on record in Shandong

Friends of Nature (FON) filed a lawsuit for air pollution against the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited on the 19th of January. The lawsuit was put on record in the Intermediate People’s Court of Dongying city, Shandong Province, following the Civil Procedure Law, the new Environmental Protection Law and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution which only came into effect this year. FON learned from public reports that the emissions of air pollutants by the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited continually exceeded the standards, and its air pollution improvement facilities were continually used in an abnormal way. Furthermore, the Corporation’s online monitoring equipment was not reliable and would …read more

Minister of Civil Affairs attends the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015

Minister of Civil Affairs attends the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015

The Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015, hosted by the China Charity Association, was held in Beijing on the 19th of January. The vice chairman of the 11th Standing Committee of the NPC Chen Zhili, the Minister of Civil Affairs and the president of the China Charity Association Li Liguo, the representatives of government departments and universities across the country and another 300 guests attended the conference, discussing topical issues in philanthropy. The conference included the inaugural meeting of the academic committee and a seminar on building a favorable charitable tax system, followed by a gala with the theme of “the power of charity”. During the gala, the accomplishments of the Chinese charity …read more

Charitable donations to be exempt from import taxes

The Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation have jointly issued an announcement stating that from April 1st 2016, there would be no import tariff or value-added taxes levied on materials from foreign donors which are directly used for Charity. At the same time, the Interim Measures for the Exemption of Import Taxes on Charitable Donations was released, containing specific regulations on foreign donors and domestic recipients. According to the Measures, foreign donors are natural persons, legal persons, and other organizations located outside of China. The social organizations and recipients listed include the Red Cross Society of China, the All-China Women’s Federation, the China Disabled Persons Federation, …read more

Unified Social Credit Code Registration Certificates issued to Social Organizations

Unified Social Credit Code Registration Certificates issued to Social Organizations

On January 4th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs held a ceremony to mark the issuing of a unified credit code (Unicode) for social organizations in China. Gu Zhaoxi, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Shan Chengfu, the director of the Civil Administration Bureau, attended the ceremony and issued the certificates. From now on all social organizations will receive their unique 18 digit unicode, allowing them to have just one certificate. The new system will simplify procedures for social organizations and further invigorate them. By strengthening the digital management of social organizations’ credit information, it can also help promote information sharing and exchange between social organizations. This reform …read more