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
Wu Peng: Bringing the Chinese Experience to the World
The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation was the first Chinese organization to bring development assistance to other countries. In this interview their director for international operations Wu Peng shares his rich experience of working across the world.
The Ford Foundation: 15 years of Educational Funding Projects in China
A review of the Ford Foundation’s grant-making in education in China from 2001 to 2016.
Report reveals funding trends in environmental protection
Ford Conservation & Environmental Grants, China (CEGC) has been supporting environmental protection projects in China since 2000. Every year since 2016 it has released an annual report on the development of environmental NGOs, aiming to help the people who work in environmental protection get a clearer picture of their own position, and to allow funders who are interested in entering this field to have a better understanding of the current situation as well as the need to carry out effective funding. Finding funding is one of the most important things for those working in development, and the environmental protection field is no exception. CEGC’s recently released annual report for 2017 provides a comprehensive …read more
Online public fundraising platforms raised nearly 1 billion RMB in the first half of 2018
Since 2016, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been endeavoring to regularize online fundraising. This month, the first 11 online public fundraising platforms officially designated by the ministry for charity organizations to fundraise went through a statistical assessment. The assessment, conducted by the ministry, measured the amount of money these platforms raised, the number of people who participated, and different charities’ levels of activity on these platforms during the first half of 2018. According to the report that the Ministry of Civil Affairs released, from January to June 992 charity organizations participated in the 11 platforms’ online fundraising, posting 11,000 calls for donations for 10,103 projects. 3.57 billion individual donations collectively raised 980 million …read more
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
Aiyou Foundation receives sanction for controversial fundraising campaign
It has been announced that the Aiyou Foundation has received an administrative sanction for a controversial fundraising campaign that went viral last December. The campaign, called 同一天生日的你 (you with the same birthday), went viral on WeChat Moments on December 23, 2017. It allowed members of the public to choose a child who shared their birthday, and donate one yuan for the child. The beneficiaries of the project were 366 children from a specific impoverished county in Yunnan province. The project was very successful, raising over 2 million Yuan by the following morning, but it also attracted criticism and accusations of irregularities. Much of the criticism was focused on some very avoidable mistakes …read more
Hurun Philanthropy List 2018 released
Hurun Research, the company best known for its Hurun China Rich List that ranks China’s wealthiest people, has released its annual Hurun Philanthropy List for 2018. The List contains the top 100 individuals to have made public donations to foundations, NGOs, and educational institutions in Mainland China. This year 76 year-old He Xiangjian, founder of the Midea Group, was named the most generous philanthropist in China, with 7.5 billion RMB worth of donations. The second and third places were taken by two real estate moguls, 60 year-old Xu Jiaxin, with 3.42 billion RMB worth of donations, and 68 year-old Lu Zhi Qiang with 1 billion. The report calculates cash and cash-related donations, …read more
Report on Chinese university foundations released
According to the recently released “Development Report of Chinese University Education Foundations (2018)”, 527 higher education foundations had been established in China as of December 6, 2017. By sorting through the financial status of 413 university education foundations from 2012 to 2015, the report found that the amount of donations they received was in a relatively mild state of fluctuation, something affected by many factors, such as the concentration of university celebrations and economic downturns. However the total amount of donations increased from 6 to 7 billion yuan. The report points out that the proportion of expenditures from university education foundations within total university expenditures reflects the foundations’ weight and contribution …read more
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.