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The Song Qingling Foundation and 3 other public fundraising foundations  1  published an open letter violently criticizing China-dolls, asking the Ministry of Civil Affairs to take measures against the NGO for having raised funds publicly while being registered as a civil non-enterprise unit. They accuse Chinadolls of being “unprofessional” and sustain that they haven’t outlined a “clear set of activities to allocate the received funds”. Finally, they stress the fact that the 4,5 million ALS patients are not victims of a “rare disease” according to the standards of the WHO because they represent more than 0,065% of the Chinese population.

The author of the article strongly criticizes the open letter, explaining that China-dolls have been very transparent in the way they managed their funds and had already called several press conferences to publicly detail how they were going to use them.

He further explains that the open letter goes against the general opinion in the third sector according to which successes of grassroots NGOs or private foundations in obtaining funding from the public are a good thing for the development of Chinese society.

He concludes the piece deploring the fact that the call for punishing China-dolls comes from foundations who should be on the same side as grassroots NGOs. Actors in the third sector should stick together instead of insulting each other.


  1. foundations with the ability to raise funds publicly 

In Brief

In this article, He Yongqiang strongly criticizes the open letter published by the Song Qingling Foundation and 3 other public foundations to ask the Ministry of Civil Affairs to punish the grassroots NGO Chinadolls.
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