Keyword: Capacity Building

Doing Charity in China's Poshest Neighbourhood

Doing Charity in China’s Poshest Neighbourhood

What is it like to conduct charity work in China’s most fancy and cosmopolitan neighbourhood? This article reviews the development of community organizations in Beijing’s Sanlitun sub-district.

Li Zhiqiang: the three elements of a social enterprise

Li Zhiqiang: the three elements of a social enterprise

Li Zhiqiang, the co-founder and first chairman of Aurora Social Enterprise, shared his views on social enterprises in a recent article in the Chinese media, written to help people gain a more specific understanding of the concept. There isn’t a common understanding of social enterprises in China, but some basic criteria can still be taken into consideration when defining a social enterprise. As he argues, a social enterprises should be a business aimed at a social purpose, rather than an enterprise which simply makes use of a social purpose to do business, or a not-for-profit enterprise. A social enterprise should thus include (but not be limited to) three elements, which are as …read more

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

On August 3rd, the Ali Research and Alibaba Foundation unveiled a Report on China’s Green Consumers in 2016. According to the report, the Internet has become the paramount arena for green consumption. By the end of 2015, the number of green consumers online had reached 65 million, increasing by 14 times over the previous four years. Consequently, the Alibaba retail platforms achieved 30 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduction during 2015. The report defines ‘Green Consumers’ as those who are mindful of the ecosystem and the environment and are willing and capable of purchasing green products. As China’s first big data analysis on the subject, the report draws on the …read more

An Interview with Adrian Sargeant: Fundraising and Donor Loyalty

An Interview with Adrian Sargeant: Fundraising and Donor Loyalty

Professor Adrian Sargeant, world renown authority on fundraising and donor psychology, talks with CDB about how fundraising can be made more responsive to the needs of the donors, and about some of the issues facing the charity sector in China and worldwide.

Fundraising, Connecting for Good: China's annual fundraising conference held

Fundraising, Connecting for Good: China’s annual fundraising conference held

China’s second annual Fundraising Conference, themed “Fundraising, Connecting for Good”, took place in Beijing on the 28th to 29th of July 2016. 300 fundraising experts, business marketing specialists, and frontline fundraisers gathered for an exchange of ideas on fundraising. The conference was jointly organized by Narada Foundation, One Foundation, China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation, Dunhe Foundation, Alibaba Charity Fund, and Recende Fundraising Research Center. The two-day event underlined five key issues: “the way”, “the principle”, “the time”, “the method”, and “the people”, in other words, the theoretical and practical development of the fundraising sector, fundraising opportunities in the Internet Age, fundraising tools and modes, and the career path of professional fundraisers. …read more

The accreditation of China’s social enterprises

This recent article by the China Philanthropy Research Institute examines the controversy over the accreditation of social enterprises in China. There are still many disputes on whether to set any standard criteria for social enterprises and how exactly to conduct accreditation in China. All the same, a wave of rapid developments in this field has occurred since last year. The first private accreditation guide for social enterprises, the China Charity Fair Social Enterprise Accreditation Guide (中国慈展会社会企业认证办法), was initiated and published last September by five social organizations, including the China Philanthropy Research Institute. Seven organizations were then accredited as social enterprises in line with the guide. However, the small number and scale …read more

Top 100 Chinese social work organizations of 2015 nominated

Top 100 Chinese social work organizations of 2015 nominated

In order to promote the standardized management of social work and its sustainable development, the Social Work School of the Open University of China and the Philanthropy Times organized a contest to nominate the “Top 100 Chinese Social Work Organizations of 2015”. Nearly 200 organizations from 22 provinces ran as candidates. Some interesting data about the winners is presented below. 1. Geographic Distribution: 44 out of the 100 top social work organizations come from Guangdong. The difference with other regions is thus very striking. Beijing comes second with 11 organizations and Shanghai comes third with 9. In total, 75 out of the 100 top social work organizations are located in …read more

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】The NGO Sector Cannot Forego Marketization

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】The NGO Sector Cannot Forego Marketization

Director of the Narada Foundation Xu Yongguang shares his views on the marketization of Chinese NGOs, claiming that this process will aid the efficiency and competitiveness of the sector and serve as an antidote to state control.

The Internet helps to connect NGOs in northwestern China

The newly launched Northwestern NGO Resource Community is an online and offline network that connects NGOs in Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Xinjiang and Qinghai, the five provinces of China’s vast and remote Northwest. The project was started by five social organizations based in the region, the Ningxia Youth Social Innovation Development Center, the Gansu Yishanyishui Center for Environmental and Social Development, the Shannxi Puhui Youth Social Development Center, the Xinjiang Volunteer Philanthropy Union, and the Qinghai Minhe Embroidery Association, with the goal of integrating information and sharing resources. It will allow them to use the Internet to connect with each other and their work, and also provide a great opportunity to …read more

Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing

Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing

A sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy was held in Beijing by China Development Brief (CDB) and the Beijing Sanyi Foundation in the 3ESPACE venue on June the 12th. Dr. Liu Haying, a senior researcher from CDB, presided the session, which was attended by nearly 40 people from NGOs, international organizations, foundations, and universities. Members of CDB who took part in the visit to India and Nepal organized by the NGO in March shared their experiences and their research on the topic. Firstly, the consultant for the trip and secretary general of the Beijing Vantone Foundation, Chen Jian, broadly introduced the experiences of some of the CDB members who …read more

China's Philanthropy Development 2015 in a Nutshell

China’s Philanthropy Development 2015 in a Nutshell

We here republish the abstract from the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s annual “Blue Book of Philanthropy” for 2016. The abstract summarises some of the blue book’s conclusions on the state of Chinese philanthropy over the previous year.

Annual Report on the Development of China’s Philanthropy in 2015 released

The newest Blue Book of Philanthropy (an annual report on China’s philanthropic development in 2015) was presented last Friday in Beijing by the Center for Social Policy Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Social Sciences Academic Press (社会科学文献出版社), and the Lingshan Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (中国灵山公益慈善促进会). Over 40 experts on philanthropy, representatives from social organizations and media delegates joined the event. Following the ceremony, a forum was held on China’s Philanthropic Development. Ms. Yang Tuan, associate director/researcher of the Center for Social Policy Studies, kicked off the forum with a presentation of the ten talking points of philanthropy in 2015. The contributing authors of the Blue Book …read more

Spotlight on Philanthropic Support Organizations

Spotlight on Philanthropic Support Organizations

Philanthropic Support Organizations are increasing the efficiency of philanthropy for the third Sector. This article features two such organizations, CDB and CAF Russian, to shed some light on this field.

Third CCTV Charity Night Held

The third CCTV Charity Night was held in Beijing last Tuesday evening. This year’s themes were philanthropy and poverty alleviation. Ten people were selected by a committee to receive the title of “Charitable Figure of the Year”, based on their contributions to the charity sector. Not looking only for celebrities, the committee also chose individuals who work on the frontline and help the poor within their local communities. The final list of those selected for the award includes Yao Ming (a basketball player), Xu Zhiwei (a businessman), Deng Yingxiang (a villager from Guizhou), Sun Xuemei (a woman journalist), Liu Fang (a psychiatrist for students), Ta Linfu (an activist for the …read more

Philanthropy or Social Development?

Philanthropy or Social Development?

The author of this article, a project manager of Marie Stopes International China, challenges the currently dominant discourse by replacing “philanthropy” with “social development”, and “social organizations” with “social development organizations”. He also analyzes imported words such as “empowerment” from a Chinese perspective in the hope that these terms will evolve and thrive in the local environment.

Selling a Foundation’s Products through Marketing Promotion

Selling a Foundation’s Products through Marketing Promotion

A young project officer from a foundation in Shanxi Province gives an interview about her work, and explains how her previous experience allowed her to find ways to apply marketing techniques to the charity sector.

Upward in Life, Forward in the NGO sector

Upward in Life, Forward in the NGO sector

Xiaoxue, a young mother, presents a touching story of how a Chinese NGO worker grew into her role. In the article we can bear witness to her relentless search for justice and the meaning of life, and her aspirations for social reform.

Going Global – ENAP meeting in Norway

The European Network of Amity Partners (ENAP) meeting took place on March 14 and 15 in Norway.