40 Years of Chinese Charity in Different Phases
A personal attempt to summarise the course of the last 40 years of philanthropy in China, from the Reform and Opening Up until the present day.
On the 31th of August, the fifth session of the 13th National People’s Congress’s standing committee passed an amendment act on the Individual Income Tax Law. The newly revised Individual Income Tax Law will come into effect in January 2019. According to article 6 of the new Law, “the amount of money for donations that do not exceed 30% of the taxable income declared by taxpayers can be deducted from their taxable income, on condition that the income is donated to charitable causes such as education, poverty alleviation, and relief. The provision stipulated by the State Council that a full pre-tax deduction can be made for charitable donations shall prevail”. …read more
Since 2016, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been endeavoring to regularize online fundraising. This month, the first 11 online public fundraising platforms officially designated by the ministry for charity organizations to fundraise went through a statistical assessment. The assessment, conducted by the ministry, measured the amount of money these platforms raised, the number of people who participated, and different charities’ levels of activity on these platforms during the first half of 2018. According to the report that the Ministry of Civil Affairs released, from January to June 992 charity organizations participated in the 11 platforms’ online fundraising, posting 11,000 calls for donations for 10,103 projects. 3.57 billion individual donations collectively raised 980 million …read more
This is an abridged translation of an explanation of the new Charity Information Disclosure Method by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. You can find the original here. The Civil Affairs Department recently released the “Charities Information Disclosure Method”, creating a universal set of regulations for the information disclosure of charitable organisations. Information needs to be disclosed by charitable organisations, as a basic requirement of philanthropy is transparency and it is accountable to the society as a whole. This new method is in accordance with the Charity Law, further emphasising the duty of charitable organisations to disclose information with administrative, social, judicial and industry supervision. The Charity Law states that the Ministry …read more
This notice was published by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs in June 2018. What follows is CDB’s translation. Find the original here. Notice from the Ministry of Civil Affairs regarding “The work method for the Ministry of Civil Affairs to process applications to establish professional supervisory units for overseas non-governmental organisations’ representative offices (trial)” Overseas Non-governmental (ONGOs) organisations: “The work method for the Ministry of Civil Affairs to process applications to establish professional supervisory units for overseas non-governmental organisations’ representative offices (trial)” has already passed the eighth review of the minister’s office in 2018. We hereby present it to you, please conduct your application work in accordance. Attached please find: …read more
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has launched a National Charity Information Platform (全国慈善信息公开平台), with the aim of making it easier for the public to find information about charitable organizations and supervise their activities. The opening ceremony was held on September the 4th. The launching of this platform is a response to last year’s Charity Law, which requires that charitable organizations be transparent with their information. By 8 AM on September 4th, the platform had released information regarding 2,134 charitable organizations and 38 charitable trust filings. Out of these organizations, 517 have qualifications for public fundraising; they released information about 837 public fundraising activities and 1,595 charity projects through the platform. During the opening …read more
The China Banking Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) have jointly issued the “Measures for the Management of Charitable Trusts” (MMCT), marking the basic establishment of the regulatory system for China’s charity trusts. The official news briefing by the MCA explains that the regulation was released “in order to implement the Party’s central strategy, standardise charitable trusts, protect the legitimate rights and interests of charitable trust parties, and promote the development of philanthropy”. The “Charity Law”, which was passed in the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress, dedicated one chapter to charitable trusts, demonstrating the importance of the trust system in the development of philanthropy …read more