Keyword: Donations

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 the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for neuroscience research, which was met with widespread criticism in China. The millionaire recently responded to criticisms of 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 a football analogy. When asked about the motivation for his donation, Chen told reporters, “I was not trying to give myself any recognition, …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

New survey reveals that China ranks low for charitable behaviour

In 2015, Gallup surveyed 145,000 people in 140 countries with three questions about their charitable behaviour. The survey results, which were released last September, show that 24% of Chinese respondents claimed to have helped a stranger within the last month, and 6% to have donated money to a charitable organization. Furthermore, 5% of Chinese respondents had done volunteer work within the last month, which was higher than the percentage in Egypt and Bosnia-Herzegovina. While tens of millions of people are included in these percentages, they are in fact low compared to other nations, so much so that China came last overall out of all the countries surveyed. China’s low ranking …read more

23 ex-classmates donate Spring Festival money to impoverished girl

A recent report by the Yanzhao Evening News tells the story of 23 junior high classmates who donated their Spring Festival spending money to a girl in need in Hebei Province. For days on end, the group of classmates from Baoding had been fixated on a trending Wechat post about the impoverished 12 year old girl. “Last year we got together and spent money on drinks and entertainment for ourselves, but this year we are spending the same money on food and supplies for a girl in need”, one of the classmates, called Pang Shi Cong, told interviewers yesterday. Pang Shi Cong explained that his group of junior high classmates …read more

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Shenzhen man Luo Er’s attempt to raise funds for the treatment of his five-year old daughter, struck with leukaemia, turned into one of the most controversial incidents of the year for China’s charity sector. This article by Southern Weekly provides an in-depth analysis of the whole affair.

Audiences defrauded by fake live charity show in remote area

Audiences defrauded by fake live charity show in remote area

The Southern Metropolis Daily recently exposed a fraud based on broadcasting fake live charity shows. The shows were shot in Daliangshan, a remote and impoverished area of China, and broadcast through a platform called the Kuaishou Application. It is reported that the show’s six anchors went to Daliangshan and donated some money to the poor people there, in order to gain popularity and receive more “gifts” from their audience. After the show ended, they took the money back. According to people who work in the charity sector in Daliangshan, the anchors had supposedly been “active in charity” in the area since September. After the live show, they took back the money …read more

“Green Long March, Walking for Charity” activity raises donations for reforestation

The second “Green Long March, Walking for Charity” activity, lasting two months, came to a successful end on October 23rd. The aim of the activity was to mark the eightieth anniversary of the Red Army’s Long March and to promote its spirit of bravery, determination, unity and loyalty. More than 120,000 people were involved in the 72-day activity. If they had travelled the same distance by car, this would have produced 1.2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions. The charitable activity was organized by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the General Administration of Sport. During the event, whenever a person achieved a personal …read more

Relief goods for China's Western regions depart from Beijing

Relief goods for China’s Western regions depart from Beijing

A ceremony marking the first annual departure of trucks with “Warming the Western Regions” relief goods was held by the Beijing Public Service Development Promotion Association, the Beijing Blue Butterfly Foundation and the Communist Youth League Committee of Chaoyang, Dongcheng and Tongzhou Districts in Beijing on October 17th. The chairman of the eighth branch of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomingtang in Dongcheng District Lou Penglin, Vice-chairman Luo Peilin, the secretary general of the Beijing Public Service Development Promotion Association Sun Pengfei and the secretary general of the Beijing Blue Butterfly Foundation Zhang Shijie were all in attendance. The “Warming the Western Regions” project, begun in 2006, is China’s …read more

High-profile philanthropist Chen Guangbiao refutes allegations

On the 21st of September a court in Nanjing accepted a case filed by high-profile Chinese philanthropist Chen Guangbiao against financial news portal Caixin, one day after the website published a special report accusing Chen of fraud. Chen requested that the court immediately order Caixin to cease publishing articles or remarks that jeopardise his rights to his name and reputation, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency. Moreover, he also demanded that Caixin pay damages of 1 million yuan ($150,078). “The articles recently published on have spread vicious gossip and have fabricated untruthful information, causing a bad impact on Chen Guangbiao and his company” claimed a statement released …read more

Fundraising, Connecting for Good: China's annual fundraising conference held

Fundraising, Connecting for Good: China’s annual fundraising conference held

China’s second annual Fundraising Conference, themed “Fundraising, Connecting for Good”, took place in Beijing on the 28th to 29th of July 2016. 300 fundraising experts, business marketing specialists, and frontline fundraisers gathered for an exchange of ideas on fundraising. The conference was jointly organized by Narada Foundation, One Foundation, China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation, Dunhe Foundation, Alibaba Charity Fund, and Recende Fundraising Research Center. The two-day event underlined five key issues: “the way”, “the principle”, “the time”, “the method”, and “the people”, in other words, the theoretical and practical development of the fundraising sector, fundraising opportunities in the Internet Age, fundraising tools and modes, and the career path of professional fundraisers. …read more

Philanthropists of Chinese origin are changing China’s global image, says report

Hurun Research released the Hurun Global Chinese Big Philanthropy Report 2016 on the 13th of July 2016 in Beijing. The report is a benchmark ranking of individuals of Chinese origin who have donated CNY 500 million (equivalent to US$80m) or more during their lifetime. 51 Chinese made the list, led by Pony Ma of Tencent, Jack Ma, Li Ka-shing and Priscilla Chan of Facebook, who have all made donations running into billions of dollars. Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun Report Chairman and Chief Researcher, claims that these big philanthropists are changing the image of Chinese people globally. Almost half of the philanthropists included in the list work in the field of real …read more

Alumni from Fudan, Tsinghua and China Agricultural University shown to be the most generous donors

On June 7th, the Hurun Research Institute released the “2016 Hurun Philanthropy List”, which shows that alumni from Fudan University, Tsinghua University and China Agricultural University donate money the most generously. Donations in the field of education mainly consist of donating money to one’s own alma mater. The list shows that Fudan University, Tsinghua University and China Agricultural University successively received the most donations. Other universities which have received more than 100 million yuan from their alumni include Peking University, Shenzhen University, the South-Western University of Finance and Economics and Sun Yat-Sen University. People are also making more and more donations to universities unrelated to them. For instance, entrepreneur Chen Yidan …read more