Fundraising drive for burnt baby ignites discussion over charity’s management fees
A debate over a charity’s management fees has been ignited by the case of Hanghang, a 6-month-old baby from Anhui province. On the 26th of January, Hanghang was unfortunately badly burnt by a small electric heater. The accident was caused by a moment’s inattention. Hanghang’s grandmother had put the heater on his bed to make him feel warm and went out. She came back 10 minutes later, only to find that Hanghang had been severely burnt. According to the hospital’s diagnosis, the burns stretched from face to right hand, covering 15% of his body and endangering his life. Upon hearing the news, Shanghai’s Tree Charity (大树公益服务支持中心) decided to lend a helping hand. …read more
Environmental Protection in China: an Interview with Bob Moseley
Bob Moseley, director of the Asia-Pacific Cities Program at The Nature Conservancy, talks to CDB in this exclusive interview.
Ministry of civil affairs announces two new standards to regulate online fundraising platforms
Tencent’s well known “9/9 charity day” is coming up in just over a month, and many of China’s charity organizations are actively preparing for it. The occasion highlights the importance of China’s online fundraising platforms (hereinafter referred to as platforms), but there is a perceived need to improve such platforms’ management. On July 30, the Ministry of Civil Affairs officially announced two recommended industrial standards: the “Basic technical specifications for online fundraising platforms for charitable organizations” and the “Basic management specifications for online fundraising platforms for charitable organizations”. The two standards strengthen overall supervision, and establish a rule that if platforms fail to pass a government assessment twice, their qualifications will be canceled. Meanwhile, the …read more
Zhu Jiangang on the Development of Community Foundations in China
China’s community foundations are still few in number, but the majority of those now in existence were created over the last couple of years. In this article and interview, academic and foundation director Zhu Jiangang discusses their challenges and future prospects.
Zhu Jiangang: community foundations are the promoters of a community agenda
In this translated interview Zhu Jiangang, the general secretary and vice-president of the Guangdong Harmony Foundation, discusses the development of community foundations in China.
China’s philanthropy sector embracing blockchain
Blockchain, the technology behind the virtual currency Bitcoin, is creating a new model for charities in China. Around the end of 2016 Zhongtopia, an online mutual aid networks platform, used blockchain technology to create Xinchain, a database which can track the transactions of charitable donations. According to Zhongtopia’s CEO Qiaoke, as a shared public ledger Xinchain is able to turn giving donations into a traceable, tamper-proof process. “With Xinchain, we hope to enable the public to see the real situation of the charity sector, while at the same time allowing charities to gain trust from the public”, says Qiaoke. Following Xinchain’s initial success, Ant Financial, the affiliate of the Alibaba Group Holding …read more
UNDP launches new program to align Chinese philanthropy’s efforts with SDGs
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will partner with the China Foundation Center to deepen the convergence between Chinese philanthropy and sustainable development, as the two organizations jointly launched a program of cooperation in Beijing on January 6. The program, entitled “Philanthropy and Sustainable Development — China Action”, aims to encourage China’s philanthropic sector to align itself with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by tapping into the China Foundation Center’s large volume of data. As an influential platform for information disclosure within China’s philanthropic sector, the Center possesses much philanthropic data and a large impact in the industry. The program will contribute to data analytics, the creation of a real-time …read more
Shanghai’s Adream tops transparency ranking of China’s philanthropic foundations
Shanghai’s Adream Charitable Foundation is China’s most transparent philanthropic foundation, followed by China Red Cross foundation and China Charities Aid Foundation for Children, according to the 2016 Chinese Philanthropic Foundation Transparency Ranking. Jiemian News, a well-established digital media, released the rankings last Friday. It picked 50 philanthropic foundations out of the 300 with the highest charity expenditure in 2016. The ranking takes into account the width and depth of information disclosure of the foundations, in practice the fundraising details, financial reports and daily information that may influence the running of their projects. The team that used to compile the now defunct Forbes China Philanthropy list took part in the creation …read more
Chinese billionaire’s investment in Caltech disappoints Chinese scientists
Chinese billionaire Chen Tianqiao announced on December 7 that he would donate $115 million to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for brain research, in order to crack the fundamental principles that underlie brain functions. The donation invited heated debate among Chinese scientists. Qiu Zilong, a research fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, commented that he was both surprised and disappointed by the donation. Chen Yelin, a researcher at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said “Chen has done something incredible, but research on neuroscience in the US has been very successful and an additional $115 million won’t bring significant changes. …read more
Charities Aid Foundation ranks China 144th in the World Giving Index 2015
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index 2015 has ranked China 144th for charitableness out of the 145 countries and regions surveyed, and what’s more it has found that the number of people giving to charity has fallen since 2013. The report distinguishes three categories of charitable behaviour: helping strangers, donating money to charity and volunteering time. In order to establish a comprehensive measure of giving behaviour around the globe, the Index relies on an averaging of answers concerning these three fields in each country. Each country is ranked on the basis of the number of people who engage in these categories of behaviour and their proportion within the …read more
Total annual donations in 2015 exceed 110 billion, individual donations rise to 7.5 billion
On November 29, the China Charity Federation issued the “2015 Annual Report on China’s Charitable Contributions” (hereinafter referred to as the Report) in Beijing. Drawing on nearly 110,000 entries of sample data, the Report makes an estimation of the total amount of domestic donations over the year and provides analysis on specific trends. According to the Report, China’s charitable donations have been on a steady rise and the annual total exceeded 110 billion RMB for the first time in 2015. The total amount of cash and material donations from both domestic and overseas sources reached 110.857 billion RMB, accounting for 0.16% of GDP, an increase of 6.631 billion RMB and 6.4% when compared with 2014. Domestic donations come mainly …read more
Report on Internet Philanthropy in China issued by the UNDP
In order to further stress the importance of Internet philanthropy for the philanthropic sector and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new report on Internet Philanthropy in China was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on November 23rd. With the rising number of Chinese Internet users (710 million in 2016), there are more and more people giving charitable gifts online. As Internet philanthropy is a new area that needs more research and analysis, the UNDP has launched the “Internet Philanthropy in China” report to tap the potential of the field, introduce their experience and provide recommendations, and see how Internet philanthropy can make a further contribution …read more