Keyword: Civil Society

Goodlytrees: a New Approach to Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation

Goodlytrees: a New Approach to Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation

A look at the work done by Goodlytrees, an organization that helps to rehabilitate children with cerebral palsy, a condition especially prevalent in China’s more remote rural areas.

40 Years of Chinese Charity in Different Phases

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.

Gao Chuanjie: Charitable trusts are not exclusively for the wealthy

Gao Chuanjie: Charitable trusts are not exclusively for the wealthy

In this translated article, academic and former high-ranking official Gao Chuanjie discusses the development of charitable trusts in China, and three challenges that they face.

Statistics on ONGO Registrations and Temporary Activities by September 2018

Statistics on ONGO Registrations and Temporary Activities by September 2018

The detailed statistics on overseas NGOs registering a representative office and conducting temporary activities in Mainland China, updated to the end of September 2018.

Dew Drops Little Flower: Giving Disabled Orphans a Home

Dew Drops Little Flower: Giving Disabled Orphans a Home

Dew Drop Little Flowers is an organization that provides a home for disabled orphans. CDB visited their children’s home on the outskirts of Beijing.

An Analysis of Online Fundraising in China

An Analysis of Online Fundraising in China

Almost 1 billion RMB were raised online for charitable causes in the first half of 2018. This article analyses this important aspect of contemporary Chinese charity.

Experimental volunteering program for high school students takes place in Beijing

The Charity Times recently interviewed Guo Xinbao, director of the China Soong Chingling Youth Technology and Cultural Exchange Center (中国宋庆龄青少年科技文化交流中心), who introduced an experimental volunteer activity carried out by his center that can shed light on the development of youth volunteering in China. Guo explained that at present volunteering activities are like a one-way practice, in which the host provides the opportunity to take part, but the volunteers cannot really acquire practical program experience or knowledge. This sort of activity generally fails to attract the interest of the young. When it comes to traditional volunteering activities like picking up cigarette ends and wiping guardrails, parents tend to be less supportive due to safety …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

The new draft on the registration of social organisations: 15 points of note

Editor’s Note This is an abridged and adapted translation of an article originally appearing in the Charity Times on the 6ht of August 2018. You can see the original here. On the evening of the 3rd August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs published the “Regulations for the registration management of social organisations (draft to solicit feedback)” (from here on referred to as the Social Organisation Regulations), with the aim of collecting feedback and comments from the nonprofit sector. The deadline for review and feedback is the 1st of September. Originally the registration of social organisations was regulated by the implementation of three major regulations, covering the three legal forms of social organisation in …read more

New certification for social enterprises announced

On the 11th of August, the Beijing Social Enterprise Certification Method was announced at the Forum for Chinese Social Enterprises. The release of this “method” marks the standard criteria that all social enterprises in Beijing can refer to. A Chinese version of the document can be found here. The following are some points of note. According to the method, after certification all social enterprises in Beijing will be entitled to a certain amount of funding, expert consultation services, the use of the social enterprise logo, branding and the coordination of quality office space and other such amenity provisions. The method clearly states the definition of a social enterprise as an enterprise …read more

Frequency of scams raises questions about online fundraising

On the 7th of July, in China’s Southwestern city of Nanning, a mother posted a notice online stating that her daughter had been infected by the Zika virus, and that the family did not have money for treatment. Within three days, more than 250 000RMB had been raised through online platforms; however some netizens uncovered soon after that the mother in question owned many restaurants in the area, drove an Audi and possessed various properties to her name. The internet quickly labelled her a fraud, and on the 27th July all of the money was returned. This case comes after numerous other incidents involving online fundraising, most notably the Luo Er case …read more

The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum held in Chengdu

The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum held in Chengdu

The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum was held in Chengdu on the 23-24 of July, jointly organized by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the government of Sichuan Province. Over 200 representatives from more than 30 countries attended the forum. Themed “promoting civil society forces, facilitating Sino-African friendship and trust”, the forum is part of a series of events held prior to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in September. The event began with Song Tao, Minister of the Foreign Relations Department of the CPC Central Committee, reading out President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory letter to the forum. In his letter, Xi emphasized that people-to-people friendship is a crucial foundation for state-to-state relations, …read more

15 families with autistic children moving into new Shenzhen compound provokes protests

15 families with autistic children moving into new Shenzhen compound provokes protests

This is an abridged translation of the article written and published by 大米和小米 which can be found here.   On the 18th July, a few families preparing to view their newly allocated public rental housing were sent alerts that due to poor weather conditions their viewings had been rearranged. It was a perfectly fine day, and after looking online the true reason for the change of plans emerged. “17 mental patients are moving into our 75 thousand/m2 compound. What should we do?”, read one headline. What was disturbing about these articles was that the private personal details of the families moving into the public housing were plastered across each one, including …read more

A report on the Policy Environment for Chinese NGOs

A report on the Policy Environment for Chinese NGOs

A report by NGOCN looks at the friendliness of the policy environment for local NGOs in China. Replete with interesting statistics and policy recommendations.

Notice for Overseas NGOs on how to apply to have the Ministry of Civil Affairs as PSU (translated)

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

Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country's Set-up?

Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country’s Set-up?

CDB’s translation of a talk by Yang Tuan, CASS researcher and chief editor of this year’s Blue Book of Philanthropy, on how Chinese philanthropy needs to adapt if it is to maintain its relevance.

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

This year’s edition of the MTA (Music, Technology and Art) Festival, held in May in Hebei province, can lay claim to be the greenest music festival ever to have taken place in China. Thanks to the efforts of one Chinese environmentalist, not only did the festival draw inspiration from Japan’s Fuji Music Festival, often called the “cleanest music festival in the world”, but it also made a few new advancements of its own.   Every May, for the past three years the MTA festival, which showcases a fusion of music, technological experiences, multimedia art performances and art installations, has been held in the Huailai Scenic Area in Hebei Province. On …read more

Growth in donations decreases in 2017, CASS report finds

Last week the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) released the “Blue Book of Charity (2018): a report on the development of Chinese charity”. The report reveals that while the total volume of donations across China has continued to grow, the speed of that growth was significantly reduced between in 2017. In 2016 the total volume of donations nationally was 145.8 billion Yuan, representing a 20% growth on the previous year and the biggest annual increase in 20 years. In 2017, on the other hand, total donations were estimated at 155.8 billion Yuan, a 6.86% growth on the previous year and the smallest annual increase since 2012. According to research …read more