Keyword: Donations

Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan's Queen Rania's Foundation for Education and Development

Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan’s Queen Rania’s Foundation for Education and Development

Editor’s note This report was originally published by Alizila. You can find the original here.   The Jack Ma Foundation on Monday announced the first stage of a $3 million donation in support of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, a nonprofit group headed by the Queen of Jordan to promote education in the Middle Eastern country. The announcement was made by Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma during his trip to Jordan this week, when he visited the office of Edraak, a free online education platform supported by the Queen’s foundation. Ma, a former English teacher, has maintained a lifelong commitment to promoting education. Founded in 2014, the …read more

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation releases its spending figures for the past year

On March 26, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) held its annual convention of donors in Beijing. During the convention, the foundation’s work report was delivered to the donors. The reports claimed that in 2017, as always, the CFPA was devoted to poverty alleviation work in the fields of health, education, work, disaster relief, social partner cooperation and advocacy, receiving donations of 580 million yuan in total, spending 470 million yuan, and giving out small loans for 8.6 billion yuan. A total of more than 4.19 million impoverished people and victims of disasters have benefited from these programs in China and in other countries including Sudan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, …read more

Western Returned Scholars Association has its operations suspended for three months

Established in June 1989, the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) has been imposed the administrative penalty of having its activities suspended for three months by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. WRSA was founded by Wu Xiuquan, of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, in 1989. It is a civil foundation comprising overseas Chinese scholars and experts who have returned from studying in western countries, targeted at developing and promoting scientific education and cultural communication in China. Before receiving this administrative penalty, the foundation had already been found to be unqualified during its annual inspection for three consecutive years. In the investigation by the Ministry of Civil Affairs …read more

Entrepreneur donates nearly 10 billion yuan for wildlife conservation

Entrepreneur donates nearly 10 billion yuan for wildlife conservation

On the 19th of January, the official Instagram account of US sitcom the Ellen Show uploaded a video on Instagram, entitled “this Chinese woman is donating 1.5 billion dollars to save endangered animals.” The video got more than 3 million views and went viral on international social media. The woman in question is He Qiaonu, the founder and chairman of Orient Landscape, the first listed company in the landscape industry in China. In October 2017, in a meeting of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Morocco, He proclaimed she would donate 1.5 billion dollars (about 9.6 billion yuan) over 7 years. This is the largest personal donation ever …read more

Fundraising platform Fun in Funding releases its white paper at ceremony

Fundraising platform Fun in Funding releases its white paper at ceremony

The fundraising platform Fun in Funding (轻松筹) hosted a philanthropic ceremony in Beijing on the 23rd of January, working alongside two media agencies, ELLE and Sina Charity. Charities including the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China and the China Development Research Foundation all attended the ceremony, which also included some stars. At the ceremony, Fun in Funding unveiled its Philanthropy White Paper (《公益白皮书》). As explained in the white paper, Fun in Funding owns more than 190 million registered users, and it has collected nearly 20 billion Yuan for 160 families who have members suffering from critical illnesses. It covers 224 cities in China and 183 …read more

Students in Guangdong school pressured to donate money by their teacher

Students in Guangdong school pressured to donate money by their teacher

An incident in which students were humiliated by their teacher for not donating money has raised public attention. According to a report by a local TV program, a student in Chaoyang school in Maoming city, Guangdong, had a parent who suffered from a serious disease. To help them, the school launched a fundraising activity. Many teachers and students lent a helping hand. Some parents however complained that a teacher forced the students to donate money. Those who did not donate anything were photographed, and the picture was sent to a WeChat group for the parents. In the picture ten of the students are standing on the podium. Some have their head lowered, …read more

Donations collected in support of the

Donations collected in support of the “ice boy” and other left-behind children in Yunnan

Over the past week the picture of a little boy with his hair completely covered in frost after walking to school through the Yunnan countryside has gone viral on Chinese social media. The little boy, named Wang Fuman, is a grade three student in the Zhuanshanbao primary school in Ludian County, Yunnan Province. The school is 4.5 kilometres away from his home. Usually Wang has to trek more than an hour to get to school. The school principal Fu later explained that “on that day, the temperature dropped to minus nine degrees Celsius. As Wang arrived and made a face, all the students burst out laughing.” It is reported that …read more

Fundraising project for poor children goes viral on WeChat, attracts criticism

“Find a child who shares the same birthday as you, and wish him/her to grow up happily and healthily”. On the 23rd of December, a fundraising project called “you with the same birthday” (同一天生日的你) went viral on WeChat Moments. The project allows members of the public to choose a child who shares the same birthday with them, and donate one yuan for the child. The project was launched by the Aiyou Future Foundation and a fundraising platform named Fenbei Chou. As the initiator of Fenbei Chou Wang Li announced, by the morning of the 24th of December the fund’s cumulative total had reached over 2.55 million yuan. The beneficiaries of the project …read more

Number of university foundations in China reaches 537, with net assets of over 30 billion yuan

The 19th annual meeting of the Work Research Branch of the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) was held in Beijing on November 16-18. The meeting was focused mainly on Chinese university foundations. There are currently 537 university foundations in China. By the end of 2016, the net assets of university foundations had passed the 30 billion yuan mark, accounting for more than 50% of all non-public foundations. In 2016 the total charitable donations they received amounted to over 700 million yuan, while their total public welfare expenditures were over 500 million yuan. It can be seen from these figures that university foundations have become an important force for the …read more

Salon on China’s Internet fundraising held in Beijing

China’s Internet philanthropy has grown significantly in 2017, and online donations have caught more and more people’s attention. On October 30, the China Lingshan Council for the Promotion of Philanthropy held a salon series regarding the growth of online donations in China. The Council invited a number of professional practitioners and researchers in this field to share their perspectives and discuss future changes and innovations taking place within the framework of China’s philanthropy. Lu Meihua, a representative of the China Association of Fundraising Professionals and the director of the O2O fundraising platform launched by the Shanghai United Foundation (联劝网), reviewed the history of Internet philanthropy in China based upon the report …read more

Annual Report on China’s Charitable Donations in 2016 released in Beijing

Annual Report on China’s Charitable Donations in 2016 released in Beijing

“Giving China: The Annual Report on Philanthropy” was released by the China Charity Alliance on November 2 in Beijing. According to the report, donations from domestic and international sources totalled 139.294 billion RMB, reaching a new historic high. The report notes that the Charity Law was officially implemented in 2016, and its authoritative and instructive legal effects quickly made themselves felt. Many relevant policies were introduced and several key problems in various sectors were addressed. What’s more, the law has directly promoted social donations over the past year. In 2016 China’s economy remained stable, and the good momentum made its effect felt on charitable donations. Total donations reached 139.294 billion RMB, …read more

Rumours fail to bring down Tencent’s “one yuan paintings” charity drive

A recent charity initiative by internet giant Tencent has proved very successful, but unfortunately also generated some controversy. On August 29th, Tencent’s charity platform (腾讯公益平台) launched a creative philanthropy program called “One yuan paintings”, part of its “Lighting life up with art” project. The program consisted in allowing Wechat users to buy paintings created by people suffering from mental disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome. The paintings, 36 in total, were sold for prices as low as 1 Yuan. Within a few hours, the campaign had already reached its goal of raising 15 million RMB, after which the donations function was closed. A total of 5.8 million people donated to buy the …read more

Free Lunch for Children has raised 270 million yuan over six years

Free Lunch for Children has raised 270 million yuan over six years

Members of the Dong people and Free Lunch for Children representatives at the forum. Chinese charitable organization Free Lunch for Children announced at a recent social welfare forum that over the past six years they have fundraised more than 270 million yuan to provide free lunches to more than 190,000 rural children across 26 provinces. Held on May 20, the “Chinese Human Capital and Children’s Nutrition and Health” forum called on members of a rural education action plan to speak about the situation of chlidren’s nutrition and the disparity in child development across regions of differing affluence. In addition, the forum invited representatives from foundations, schools, government offices and donor organiztions …read more

Selfless American Teaches Children in Rural Gansu Province for 17 Years

Selfless American Teaches Children in Rural Gansu Province for 17 Years

The story of American teacher David Deems, who has been teaching and collecting donations for local schools in a remote area of Western China for the past 17 years.

Chen Tianqiao responds to criticism for his donation to Caltech

The founder of Shanda Group, Chen Tianqiao, made a $115 million donation last year to California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for neuroscience research, which was met with widespread criticism in China. The billionaire however recently responded to criticism for his donation, revealing that his contribution to the university’s neuroscience department is simply him trying to do his part to help research on the mechanism of the human brain. Chen describes his donation to Caltech as “giving the ball to the person closest to the front door”, using an analogy in soccer game. When asked about the motivation for his donation, Chen told reporters, “I was not trying to give myself …read more

Shared refrigerators emerging in China to cut down on food waste

Shared refrigerators emerging in China to cut down on food waste

Following in the footsteps of the concept of “public refrigerators” that originated in Germany, the One Foundation along with Tencent Video launched China’s first “shared refrigerator” at a storefront in Shunyi District, Beijing. The refrigerator, which looks more like an automated ticket vendor than a household appliance, allows people to store leftovers or extra food from their kitchen, which is in turn offered for free to more needy passersby. The refrigerator is manned by staff from a charity store next door, who take down information from donors, such as their names and phone numbers. In addition, the staff inspect each and every food item that is donated to the refrigerator, which at maximum …read more

Chinese internet celebrity donates 22 million to alma mater

Chinese internet celebrity donates 22 million to alma mater

Papi Jiang posing in front of her Sina Weibo account name, papitube. Online celebrated figure Papi Jiang, whose real name is Jiang Yilei, rose to fame on Chinese social media over the past few years due to her humorous video blogs that she posts weekly. Papi uses fast-forward voiceover and a hilarious mixture of Chinese and English phrases to poke fun at everyday topics such as dating, family relationships and media sensations, most of which have attracted millions of views, with one live broadcasting reaching as many as 74 million views in one day. This week Papi Jiang made an appearance at her alma mater in Beijing, China’s Central Academy …read more

Philanthropy report ranks China's biggest donors

Philanthropy report ranks China’s biggest donors

Ma Huateng and Ma Yun, the top two largest donors in China over the past six years. This week the “China billion yuan donors and strategic philanthropy development report” was released, which praises the 123 Chinese philanthropists who donated more than 100 million yuan over the last six years. Prepared by China Philanthropy Research Institute and China Global Philanthropy Institute of Shenzhen, the report also tallies up their combined donations over the past six years, which amounts to over 110 billion yuan. At the top of the list of donors is the CEO of Chinese Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings, Ma Huateng, who over the past six years donated 17.2 billion …read more