Ministry of Civil Affairs: various measures to promote openness and transparency among charitable organizations

At a news conference, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo explained that the recent media stories and public criticism over various scandals and problems in the charitable sector have prompted authorities to take faster ...

Government Plans to Give All NGOs Equal Treatment

In discussing current efforts to simplify the registration process for NGOs, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, noted that political and human rights NGOs would receive the same treatment as NGOs working in the ...

NGOs not registered with Civil Affairs will have difficulty getting funding from foundations

On April 26, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued “Some Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior (Trial Implementation)” for public comment. In response, around 30 foundations, including China Youth Development Foundation, Narada Foundation and ...

Guangzhou NGOs Given Public Fundraising Authority

As part of the ongoing social management innovations in Guangdong, new Guangzhou fundraising regulations will go into effect on May 1 of this year, and will allow social organizations (社会团体), civil non-enterprise units (民办非企业) and ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs: “Some regulations concerning the standardization of foundation behavior (trial implementation)” issued for public comment

In an effort to ensure that foundations work on behalf of the public interest, standardize their activities, strengthen transparency, protect the legal rights and interests of donors, beneficiaries and foundations, and further the healthy development ...

From NGOs to Governmental Organizations

In another social management innovation in Guangdong, the Nanhai District of Foshan City announced they would invite NGO personnel to participate in the election of 19 cadres at the vice section level (fukeji). This would ...

The Central Committee and State Council Issue a Document Encouraging Social Forces to Enter the Public Welfare Sector According to Law

This article publicizes a document issued last year but which is highlighted here because it calls attention to the government’s effort to encourage public institutions to join the public welfare sector as social actors. Public institutions ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs official, Li Yong, proposes “direct registration” and “establishing party groups” for all NGOs

Article about a meeting at Tsinghua University attended by two officials heading the NGO management office in the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The article notes the long-standing problems of the dual-management system for NGOs, and ...

Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau: Civil Servants Will Gradually Withdraw from Charitable, Public Welfare Organizations

Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau stated that starting this year, civil servants will gradually withdraw from the charitable, public welfare organizations to ensure the voluntary and social nature of these organizations. A number of civil servants ...

For Public Interest Groups, Registration is Difficult, Taxes and Fees are Onerous and Resources are Few

Professor Wang Ming, director of Tsinghua University’s NGO Research Center and a member of the national Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference made a proposal to carry out more favorable tax policies for non-public fundraising foundations ...

Shenzhen will expand the categories of social organizations that can register directly with Civil Affairs

Shenzhen announced it would further its social management reforms by expanding the categories of social organizations that can register directly with Civil Affairs without pre-approval from a supervising unit. Shenzhen’s social management reforms started in 2004 ...

The Minister of Civil Affairs on “NGO direct registration”: promoting the Guangdong experience

Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo is again quoted as saying that the Ministry of Civil Affairs seeks to promote nationwide the more liberal Guangdong experiment allowing social organizations to register directly with Civil Affairs. ...

Yunnan Social Organizations Will be Able to Directly Register This Year

Yunnan province announced it would carry out a new social management plan for this year, and allow social organizations working in the public welfare, charitable, and social services areas to register directly with Civil Affairs. ...

Religious Organizations Can Establish Foundations, Social Welfare Organizations, and Nonprofit Hospitals in Accordance wth the Law

The State Administration of Religious Affairs, the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Taxation Bureau etc. ...

Guangzhou “frees” fundraisers

The Standing Committee of the Guangzhou Municipality People’s Congress passed “Guangzhou Municipality’s Fundraising Regulations” that expands fundraising activities for all social organizations and public institutions engaged in the charitable or “public welfare” field within Guangzhou. In ...

A human resource system for Beijing’s 7500 social organizations

The Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau announced plans to establish a human resource system for the 120,000 full-time staff working in the city’s 7,500 plus social organizations. Unlike government agencies, public institutions and enterprises, social organizations ...

Shanghai will experiment with direct registration and management of social organizations

The Shanghai Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau announced that it will experiment this year with direct registration and management of social organizations. This announcement follows on the heels of a similar announcement by Guangdong provincial Civil Affairs ...

Major charitable projects should be audited and the results made public

In an effort to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public welfare sector, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a Notice which calls for major charitable projects to be audited after ...