Keyword: Donations

Shenzhen Mammoth Foundation donates virus detection kits to Serbia

The Shenzhen Mammoth Public Welfare Foundation (深圳市猛犸公益基金会) has donated a batch of 1000 Coronavirus Detection Kits to Serbia, with the cooperation of the Chinese Embassy in Serbia and the Serbian government. The Serbian President and Prime Minister expressed their gratitude through the media, emphasising that this is the first foreign aid that their country has received since the epidemic broke out. The detection kits were developed and produced by the Shenzhen-based company BGI Genomics, and have been widely used in the front line of China’s fight against the epidemic and exported to many countries. The batch of detection kits destined to Serbia first arrived in Dusseldorf, Germany on the 15th of March. BGI’s …read more

New controversy over the handling of public health donations

After the recent criticism levelled at the Red Cross Society of Hubei for allegedly mismanaging donations, another charity has come under criticism for the way it has handled donations for the coronavirus health crisis. The Wuhan branch of the China Charity Federation is now finding itself at the centre of controversy, after it was reported last week that it had transferred most of the donations it received from the public to the local government. The Charity Federation, alongside the Red Cross, is one of the five charities that have been officially appointed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs to handle all public donations of money and supplies going to the coronavirus outbreak. The China …read more

Alibaba creates unified standard to assess its users' contributions to charity

Alibaba creates unified standard to assess its users’ contributions to charity

Alibaba officially released its “charity evaluation criteria” on December 23, 2019. The new set of criteria aim to create a standard to measure the value of the charitable endeavours that people carry out through the company’s various online platforms. Sun Lijun, a partner of Alibaba and the president of the Alibaba Charity Foundation, stated that the new standards come from the culture of “involving everyone in charity” (人人公益) that Alibaba has always advocated. “Only when charity becomes standardized and scientific can all sectors of society and charitable enterprises be more recognized, more user-incentives be given to charity, and more people can participate in charitable projects”, said Sun. The new evaluation criteria, formulated by …read more

Spring Buds Plan criticised for misleading donors by aiding boys as well as girls

A project by the Spring Buds Plan (春雷计划), an educational charity run by the China Children and Teenagers Foundation (CCTF), has come under fire online for misleading its donors. The Spring Buds Plan was created in 1989, with the express purpose of assisting girls and young women in poverty and providing them with educational opportunities. The program is quite high-profile, having offered financial aid or job training to a few million girls over the years. The recent criticism came after a Weibo user published a post a couple of days ago, claiming that she had donated money to Spring Buds, only to discover that some of the beneficiaries of the …read more

NGO 2.0 lists examples of blockchain-based charity in China

In October 2019, the central government proposed “to take blockchain as an important breakthrough in independent innovations of core technology”. In the past few years, many products and projects involving both blockchain and charity have emerged. Some people are asking what role blockchain can play in the charity sector? Can blockchain really solve specific problems? Must blockchain be used to ensure transparency? What is the first public blockchain in China? In response to these questions, NGO 2.0 (an education-focused nonprofit with the aim to empower grassroots NGOs in Central and Western China by providing technological training and support, jointly sponsored by MIT and University of Science and Technology of China) has published an article …read more

How Technology can Empower China's Nonprofits

How Technology can Empower China’s Nonprofits

The rise of Chinese tech has astonished the world, but the development of nonprofit technology is still in its infancy. Two experts from this industry share their views with CDB on the challenges they face when pushing for systemic change.

Nearly half of philanthropic donations in China go to education

As stated in an article recently published by the Nanfang Metropolis Daily, universities in China have received a total of 92.7 billion yuan in donations since 1980. Of all the donations, 32 billion yuan came from alumni. A list compiled by the Chinese University Alumni Association shows the top 100 Universities that received the most donations from alumni between 1980 and 2018. Peking University stands at the top, with total alumni donations of 3.143 billion yuan. Next in the list are Tsinghua University and Renmin University, with total alumni donations of 2.89 billion yuan and 2.157 billion yuan, respectively. According to the 2019 Forbes China Philanthropy List, 48.57% of all …read more

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

An introduction to the main findings of the prestigious Blue Book of Philanthropy by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

China’s online fundraising platforms raised over 1.8 billion RMB in the first half of 2019

During a forum on online platforms for public fundraising held a few days ago, the Vice-Minister of Civil Affairs Wang Aiwen revealed that over the first half of 2019, the 20 official platforms for online public fundraising designated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs published over 17,000 request for fundraising for more than 1400 charities. Netizens clicked, followed and otherwise reacted to these solicitations a total of 5.26 billion times, and the total amount of money raised was in excess of 1.8 billion Yuan. These figures suggest that the future trend for online donations in China is still a rosy one. In the first half of 2018 total donations made through …read more

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation deepens its involvement in Africa

On June 26, the international seminar “Global Management: China-Africa education cooperation and people-to-people exchanges” was held at the African Institute of Zhejiang Normal University. During the seminar Wu Peng, the director of the international development department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), gave a talk about the poverty reduction projects that the CFPA has been carrying out in Africa recently, setting a pioneering path for Chinese foundations. As Wu Peng explained, since 2007 the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has carried out projects involving maternal and paediatric hospitals, school canteens, care packages, water cellars, and women’s professional training in countries including Guinea Bissau, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Namibia, and Ghana. They have …read more

Chinese civil society helps to provide relief in the aftermath of the Yibin earthquake

At 22:55 on June 17, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Changning County near Yibin, a city in Sichuan province, China. By June 18 the earthquake had killed 13 people, with about 200 injured. According to the information from the news office of the People’s Government of Yibin, after the earthquake happened the Finance Department quickly launched a financial emergency plan and opened a “green channel” to allocate funds. At 11:30 on June 18, the first emergency relief fund of 10 million yuan was allocated to the disaster-affected areas for emergency rescue and relief. At the same time, many civil society organizations also actively participated in the disaster relief operations. Once …read more

1.5 million yuan raised in one day for the flooded areas of Guangxi: a new record for online fundraising

1.5 million yuan raised in one day for the flooded areas of Guangxi: a new record for online fundraising

Since May 25, many areas of Guangxi province have been suffering from extreme precipitation and floodings. The heavy rains have caused local rivers to rise rapidly, quickly exceeding the warning line, and many roads have been flooded. The floods and rain have affected over 350,000 people in total, with nine dead, three missing, and over 62,000 waiting for rescue and resettlement. On May 29, the National Disaster Reduction Committee and the Emergency Management Department launched an emergency plan in response to the severe storms and floods occurring in Guilin and Changzhou, Guangxi. At the same time, a fundraising drive for the disaster-affected areas was launched on the Easy Fundraising platform of …read more

Family charitable foundations becoming an important force in Chinese philanthropy

The China Philanthropy Research Institute, along with the China Global Philanthropy Institute, published the China Family Charitable Foundation Development Report (2018) on the 15th of January 2019. Here we will introduce some of the key points in the report to give our readers an overview of the development of family charitable foundations in China.  According to the statistics, there were 268 family charitable foundations in China by the end of 2018, accounting for 4% of all foundations. The donations of family charitable foundations between 2005 and 2017 increased from 8.73 million yuan to 3.7 billion yuan, mainly for poverty alleviation, fundamental education and higher education. In 2017, the average donation of …read more

Minister of Civil Affairs: charitable donations reached 75.42 billion yuan in 2018

During a press briefing of the State Council’s Information Office on February 21, China’s Minister of Civil Affairs Shuxian Huang gave a talk on the development and reform of civil affairs in 2018 alongside three vice-ministers. Minister Huang assured that after going through institutional reform, the Ministry of Civil Affairs will focus more on the bottom-line of livelihood security, basic social governance, basic social services and special administrative functions. It will not only take care of and protect vulnerable groups as well as other social forces, but also strengthen grassroots democracy and social work talent team construction.   It was also pointed out during the briefing that total charitable donations …read more

First survey of monthly donations in China published

The first survey of Chinese who give or have given monthly donations to charities was conducted in November 2018. The survey was carried out by the Fundraising Center, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, the Shenzhen One Foundation and Lingxi, and promoted by charities that do relatively well in getting this kind of monthly support, such as Friends of Nature, the Aita Foundation, the Shanghai Kindness & Wisdom Foundation and the Stars Youth Development Center. The survey was distributed through emails, mobile phone messages, and various channels on Wechat, and 1,932 people responded (around 10% of those surveyed). From a back-of-the-envelope calculation, around 0.002% mainland Chinese population are monthly donors. Many of …read more

Chinese NGOs seek local partnerships in Nepal

Chinese NGOs seek local partnerships in Nepal

Yubraj, a primary school student in Kathmandu, Nepal, was recently taught how to say “hello” in Chinese. “That is a classroom building that the Chinese have built for us”, said Yubraj. “I’ve never been to China, but I want to go and check out the temples there.” On July 30th Yubraj, along with some of his classmates, represented their school to receive donations from Chinese NGOs during the “China-Nepal Public Welfare Project Donation Ceremony”. Yubraj and his schoolmates now have 260 new school bags and many sporting facilities. The ceremony was part of a series of resource-matching and contract signing events for Chinese and Nepalese NGOs that the China Association for …read more

Charity organizations come together to combat devastating floods

Charity organizations come together to combat devastating floods

Meteorologically, 2018 has been an abnormal year for China. While there has been unusual humidity and heat in the north, 27 provinces in the south, southwest, and northwest have been suffering from devastating floods. By the end of July the floods had directly affected over 20 million people and caused economic losses of approximately 51.6 billion RMB, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Equipped with funds, emergency protocols and disaster management professionals, many Chinese NGOs have responded to the floods, complementing government efforts. The non-profit sector’s timely aid has been exemplified by their efforts in tackling the shortage of life supplies in Sichuan and Gansu, the two provinces that have been …read more

Hong Kong philanthropist Tian Jiabing passes away

On the morning of July 10th, the Tin Ka Ping Foundation announced the passing of the founder and chairman of the foundation and Hong Kong Tianshi Chemical Industry Company Limited, Dr. Tian Jiabing, at the age of 99. Over the course of his life he donated 80% of his wealth, building over 200 schools. Dr. Tian was born in 1919 in Taipo, Meizhou, in Guangdong province. At the age of 18 he travelled to Vietnam to sell porcelain, and by 1939 he had moved on to the rubber industry in Indonesia. In 1958 Dr. Tian moved to Hong Kong and founded the Hong Kong Tianshi Chemical Co. Ltd., in Tuen …read more