Keyword: charitable organization

First China Charity Credit List Released

On the 3rd of September, a press conference was held in Tsinghua University to mark the release of the China’s Top Trustworthy Charities of 2018, China’s first charity credit list. The list was jointly completed by the Tsinghua University Charity Research Institute and the Beijing Yishan Credit Management Company. The former is one of the most authoritative research institutes in the charity industry in China, and the latter is a professional credit management company with more than 10 years of experience in the field of philanthropy data. The list was developed with a sample of more than 4,000 charitable organizations, and 60 organizations were selected to be the top trustworthy …read more

Founder of Serve for China Qin Yuefei accused of wrongdoing

Founder of Serve for China Qin Yuefei accused of wrongdoing

Qin Yuefei, representative of the local People’s Congress for Hunan province and founder of the non-profit “Serve for China” (黑土麦田公益), has recently faced accusations of multiple counts of ambiguous financial activities and lack of personal and organisational transparency. Over the past few years Yuefei has garnered much public recognition as a Yale graduate who gave up a possible six-figure salary to be a minimum wage village official in Hunan. In 2012 he was elected as the NPC’s representative for Hengshan county, and was awarded the title of “finest government official” by CCTV in 2013. Yuefei gained widespread public attention after various media outlets broadcast his inspiring story of returning to his humble …read more

Report: over half of public-fundraising foundations received no income in 2017

Out of the over 200 foundations registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 184 foundations (including 99 non-public fundraising ones and 85 public fundraising ones) had issued their annual reports for 2017 by April 20. The Charity Times has analyzed the reports, and published an article detailing some of its findings. Out of the 85 public fundraising foundations to have issued their reports, 15 are not recognized as charitable organizations and have not received public fundraising qualification certificates, and four of them only received the recognition as charitable organizations but not the public fundraising qualifications. 45 of the public-fundraising foundations received no funds from the general public. Out of those, 34 …read more

An overview of the 2017 annual reports of China’s online fundraising platforms

China’s Charity Law, passed in 2016, stipulates that all charitable organisations must release fundraising information only on official platforms recognised by the Civil Affairs Department of the State Council. A year and a half after 12 organizations passed the first round of selections by the Ministry of Civil Affairs as designated fundraising platforms, the ministry started the second round of selections this January. The 12 platforms designated last year recently published their 2017 annual reports. The statistics released, including the amount of funds raised, the number of programs already launched, and the amount of donations, reveal evident disparities between the 12 organizations.   Table 1 Amount of Funds Raised in 2017 Ranking …read more

First urban philanthropy assessment system to be established in Shenzhen

Fang Tao, a member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and executive vice-president of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, presented a proposal to build a comprehensive system of supervision and scientific evaluation for philanthropic development in the city during the 4th session of the 6th Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPPCC. Fang Tao said that this is essential for starting a new era of quantitative assessment and professional management of philanthropy in the southern Chinese metropolis. As a city made up almost entirely of immigrants, Shenzhen has prospered rapidly over the last decades. At the same time, it has been confronted with numerous social …read more

75 social groups and 29 social service institutions accredited as charities in China

According to the publicly available statistics, as of the end of June 2017, there were 1245 organizations that had officially been accredited as charities (慈善组织) in China, including 1141 foundations, 75 social groups (社会团体) and 29 social service institutions (社会服务机构). The China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University has put together the official registration information and analysed the data, summarizing it in detail. One eye-catching finding is that out of the registered charities, social groups and social services institutions accounted for only 6% and 2% respectively, with foundations making up all of the remainder. So why do social service institutions (also often known as citizen-run non-enterprise units, or 民办非企业单位) and social …read more

British man starts soup kitchen for the homeless in Xi’an

An English businessman named Tony who started a charity in Xi’an has been the focus of various reports in the Chinese media throughout the years. He recently gave a talk about himself and his Yellow River Soup Kitchen organization on YiXi (China’s equivalent of TED talks) on July 3rd, which brought him renewed attention. Tony’s story, as he himself relates it, goes like this: an electronic engineer by profession, he used to own two companies in the UK, and worked 16 to 18 hours a day. At some point he decided to give up his stressful life, sell what he owned and travel around Europe, volunteering as he traveled. He then …read more

Regulations on the annual management expenditure of charitable organizations released

New regulations on the annual management expenditure of charitable organizations were released on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) on October 20th. These regulation were formulated by the MCA, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation. According to the new Charity Law, which passed into effect in September, charitable organizations should actively conduct charitable activities, using their funds properly and effectively. They should reduce unnecessary expenses and keep management expenditure to the minimum. More specifically, for charitable foundations with the qualification for raising donations from the public, the proportion of annual expenditure must be higher than 70% of the general income of the previous year …read more