“Little Sycee” phone app encourages private charity
On January 16th, the Beijing Yuanwang Charitable Foundation (北京圆网慈善基金会) unveiled its mobile phone application Little Sycee (小元宝) during the fifth “Yuan Plan-Fruitful Holiday”（圆计划-圆满假期）launching ceremony of a thousand volunteers in Beijing. The application, for the first time, allows individuals, especially the 120 million Chinese people who frequently donate, to establish and run their own charitable foundation through a Little Sycee account. Users can manage their donations through the “Foundation Management” function and spearhead or browse charitable initiatives or funding opportunities in “Launch Good Deeds” and “Browse Good Deeds” . The app also provides a “Lucky Wheel” function where users can exchange their charitable points for coupons. One of Little Sycee’s unique …read more
Second draft of the Charity Law: no geographic limitations on online fundraising
A new version of the Charity Law draft is tabled for a reading at the on-going 18th Session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, taking place in Beijing from December 21st to the 27th. Compared to previous drafts, this version has removed the geographic limitations on online fundraising, and increased tax benefits for charitable organizations. An earlier draft was submitted at the 17th Session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee a month ago. The lawmakers have since held several seminars to collect feedback from legal experts, scholars and charitable organizations. The geographic limitations on online, TV and broadcast fundraising in the first draft were widely considered to be unnecessary and difficult to …read more
What do the secretary-generals have to say in reply to “Frontline Voices ”?
Since the release of CDB’s Frontline Voices column, have the voices of these grant-making officers been heard by the management? Will there be any measures to address the issues mentioned in the articles? In this interview, eight secretary-generals of private Chinese foundations give their own answers to these questions.
Community Development: Discover, Think and Act
A girl who works in the Zhenro Foundation talks about how her first experience of urban life in Shanghai and a visit to Taiwan stoked her interest in projects to help urban communities.
CPFF annual meeting ends successfully
The CPFF (China Private Foundation Forum) annual meeting came to a successful end yesterday. Six observers, including Li Hong (vice secretary general of One Foundation), delivered informative reports, stressing the meeting’s theme – frontline project officers and their capacity building. Following the reports was the award ceremony hosted by Dou Ruigang, executive secretary general of the Tencent Foundation. Beijing Green and Shine Foundation（北京桂馨慈善基金会）and Sany Foundation (三一基金会) were awarded the Organizing Committee Prize. “We believe that the hope of private foundations lies in their people. It is essential to listen to the voices of frontline practitioners and respect them as well as inspiring them and stimulating their creativity. That is what …read more
CPFF annual meeting: cultivating talents
The China Private Foundation Forum (CPFF) 2015 Annual Meeting opened yesterday in Shenzhen. The nationwide gathering of NGO leaders and frontline practitioners began an effort toward forging a solid ground for private foundations in China and enhancing the capacity of those who work in this sector. “We hope to address the issue of people and hear more from the frontline practitioners. We can achieve more by the connection of our thoughts. ”said Chen Yili, the vice director general from the rotating president this year China Merchants Charitable Foundation (招商局慈善基金), in the opening speech. Following him was another opening speech by Liao Hong, deputy director of NGO Management Bureau, Ministry of …read more
Sharp drop in NGO sponsorships from overseas
On the afternoon of November 11th the Chinese Foundations Award Ceremony 2015 (中国基金会评价榜 2015), launched jointly by AIju Social Innovation (爱聚公益创新机构) and SRI (社会资源研究所), was held in Beijing. During the award ceremony, it was revealed that based on the feedback given by 195 NGOs, the number of overseas NGO sponsors has dropped from 98 in 2013 to 62 this year. According to experts working in the social welfare sector, the current uncertainty towards Chinese policy, due partly to the wait for the release of the Overseas NGO Management Law (the second draft), has affected the willingness of some overseas NGOs and foundations to work on projects in China. According to the event’s hosts, NGO sponsorships from overseas …read more
NGO Projects Don’t Have to be Flashy
A project officer in the Dunhe Foundation looks back at his three years working for this Foundation. He describes how the organization has grown since he first joined, but he also bemoans some of the problems he has encountered, which are due to both the immaturity of the sector and the inadequacy of many of the NGOs which receive the Foundation’s grants.
Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner held in Nanjing
On November 7th 2015, the Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner was held in Nanjing. Qiu Zhonghui, current vice president and general secretary of the Foundation, pointed out at the ceremony that philanthropy should go beyond national boundaries, languages and races, and mutual respect and equality should be the consensus for charities of all kinds. Photo taken at the 30th anniversary ceremony The Amity Foundation, founded in 1985, has developed from a three-people team to one with more than one thousand staff over the past 30 years. In 2004, the Foundation started to establish its own fundraising team, and the team has raised up to 2 billions yuan till the end …read more
Hepingtai Project empowers NGO sector in lower tier cities
The Zhenro Foundation, alongside the Dunhe and Narada Foundations, will launch a new funding project called Hepingtai（和平台）in 2016, in order to promote the growth of start-up NGOs in second and third tier Chinese cities. As an open platform, Hepingtai welcomes more foundations and corporations to join in this effort to strengthen the Chinese NGO ecological chain and empower grassroot NGOs. It will cooperate with regional NGO platforms, providing them with funding (less than 100,000 RMB) and crucial training to support start-up NGOs in their regions. The criteria for its platform partners are to have at least one full-time employee, previous experience in NGO support, and a business scale of over 200,000 RMB. Candidates are currently …read more