Philanthropic funders pledge to continue supporting their grantees during the COVID-19 crisis
The Ford Foundation has spearheaded the creation of a pledge for philanthropic donors to support the needs of their grantees and partners during the COVID-19 crisis, by being generous with their funding and flexible in their demands. The pledge was officially released on the 19th of March, and it has already been signed by over 500 organizations, including foundations and other leaders in the philanthropic sector. The American Council of Foundations partnered with the Ford Foundation to promote the initiative. As the introduction to the pledge states: “The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing every one of us. We know that the …read more
The Development of Foundations in China: an Optimistic Perspective
A talk by BNU professor Tao Chuanjin, outlining some interesting trends for the development of philanthropic foundations in China.
Chinese foundations ranked for transparency, Adream and Narada among the top scorers
Jiemian News, a well-known news website that focuses on the business and finance fields, has released its transparency ranking of Chinese philanthropic foundations for the fourth consecutive year. The ranking is made by taking the 300 Chinese foundations with the highest expenditure on charitable activities over the previous year, and then selecting the 50 most transparent ones. The level of transparency is judged based on factors including the disclosure of basic information and of information on fundraising, project implementation and finances, and the channels and frequency with which the information is disclosed. The goal of the ranking is to promote transparency and serve as a reference for donors. This year five foundations …read more
11th Annual Symposium of the China Foundation Forum successfully held in Fuzhou
The 11th Annual Symposium by China Foundation Forum was successfully held on the 22nd and 23rd November 2019 in Fuzhou, Fujian. Entitled “A Shared Commitment to Original Aspirations and Common Development”, the conference attracted 1500 guests from over 600 local and international foundations and civil society organizations. The two-day event was packed with a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, networking sessions and a gala dinner.
Professor Jia Xijin: the History of the Chinese Foundation
A talk by Professor Jia Xijin of Tsinghua University about the history and development of Chinese philanthropic foundations over the last few decades.
Intermediary Nonprofits and the Rise of China’s Domestic Social Impact Ecosystem
The last few years have seen the rise of a new class of intermediary organizations that act as hubs for NGOs and social service providers in China’s major cities. In this article, Ryan Etzcorn describes his research into the role of such organizations in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
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
Ranking of Chinese foundations for 2018 released
The 2018 ranking of Chinese foundations was officially presented during the third “Jinju Award” in Jiangsu, on November 21. Co-sponsored by A Better Community ABC (美好社会咨询社) and 1 Kg Box (一公斤盒子), and supported by For NGO (复恩法律) and Enjoy Volunteering (益微青年), this is the third time since 2013 that this ranking has been released. It is based on an investigation of Chinese foundations, during which NGOs are asked to evaluate their funders. The research was started this August, and lasted two months. 1215 NGOs were invited to evaluate the foundations that provided them with funding from January 2016 to August 2018, and 343 valid questionnaires were collected. The evaluation covered six different …read more
Elizabeth Knup: the Ford Foundation’s Future in China
A translation of the talk that Ms. Elizabeth Knup, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, gave at CDB’s forum on the 6th of November.
Report: over half of public-fundraising foundations received no income in 2017
Out of the over 200 foundations registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 184 foundations (including 99 non-public fundraising ones and 85 public fundraising ones) had issued their annual reports for 2017 by April 20. The Charity Times has analyzed the reports, and published an article detailing some of its findings. Out of the 85 public fundraising foundations to have issued their reports, 15 are not recognized as charitable organizations and have not received public fundraising qualification certificates, and four of them only received the recognition as charitable organizations but not the public fundraising qualifications. 45 of the public-fundraising foundations received no funds from the general public. Out of those, 34 …read more
Foundations provide disaster relief following the Jiuzhaigou earthquake
Some of China’s major charitable foundations have already rallied into action to deal with the consequences of the earthquake that struck Jiuzhaigou County, Sichuan Province on August 8. The quake struck at a depth of 20 kms, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. As of 1 p.m. on August 9, it had left 19 people dead and 247 injured. The tremors were felt as far away as the provincial capital Chengdu, about 300 kms south of the epicenter, and other regions in the neighboring provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi. The Ministry of Civil Affairs has issued an announcement to encourage more social forces to participate in the earthquake relief work. Many Chinese foundations immediately initiated emergency response plans. The One Foundation has already started to provide targeted …read more
French and Chinese foundations sign strategic cooperation agreement
The signing ceremony for the strategic cooperation agreement between France’s Expectation and Innovation Foundation and the Beijing Qiaonu Foundation was held on October 20th. During the ceremony the former French prime minister and chairman of the Expectation and Innovation Foundation Jean-Pierre Raffarin and the president of the Orient Landscape Industry Group and chairwoman of the Beijing Qiaonu Foundation He Qiaonu signed the cooperation agreement and discussed future cooperation. It is reported that the two foundations are going to film a documentary with a French television institute in order to let the world know more about China, encourage people to think about human progress and inspire environmental protection activities. The aim …read more