Keyword: Funding

articles or news items about funding and fund-raising

Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation: from “Non-Public” to “Public”

Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation: from “Non-Public” to “Public”

CDB’s Lu Xiaohong traces the development of the Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation, one of China’s first grassroots foundations to gain “public” status

Green Future: China’s “first environmental project fundraising platform”

According to the Beijing Daily, on June 5th China’s “first public fundraising platform for environmental projects” – named “Green Future” (绿色未来) – went online. The China Environmental Culture Promotion Association (CECPA) and Shanghai GM are co-sponsoring the platform. Green Future is aimed at promoting environmental projects and raising awareness about environmental issues. The Beijing Daily writes that as a professional public fundraising platform for environmental projects, Green Future enables environmental projects to attract funding at a national level. According to the article it will increase the Chinese public’s participation rate in environment-related events, raise public awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable lifestyles. There are already quite a few projects listed on the platform such as …read more

Council on Foundations and ICNL hold conference call on overseas NGO law

On Wednesday last week, the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) organized a conference call on China’s Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs. Over 130 people joined the call, which discussed how the proposed legislation would impact US organisations running projects in China. Several experts took part in the call including Professor Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as staff members of US foundations and the Council of Foundations. The Council on Foundations is preparing its comments on the legislation which will be submitted to the legislating authorities before the deadline. Both the ICNL and the Council on Foundations advise that …read more

Four characteristics of China’s response to the Nepal earthquake

According to a report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), China donated a total of 2.38 billion RMB worth of money and supplies to Nepal. The Journal of the CPPCC (人民政协报) analysed the report and summarised the four characteristics of China’s response to the Nepal earthquake as: 1. Government donations exceeded half the total donations According to the MOCA report 55% of the fundraising contributions came from the Chinese government while 24% were from social organizations. 2. Public fundraising According to the same report, the most popular method for donating for Nepal by public was through different online donating platforms. More than 530,000 people have donated a total of …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice

An interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project.

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Oliver Radtke of the Robert Bosch Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Oliver Radtke of the Robert Bosch Foundation

An Interview with Oliver Radtke, China Program Officer for the Robert Bosch Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project.

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Duan Tao of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Duan Tao of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation

An Interview with Duan Tao, Secretary General of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Dunhe Foundation made 100 million yuan from investments in 2014

The investment income earned by Dunhe Foundation (浙江敦和慈善基金会) reached 100 million yuan in 2014, said Zhang Zhizhou, general manager of the Dunhe Asset Management Company, during a recent public speech. This figure is remarkable, especially taking into consideration that most Chinese foundations put their money into savings accounts, and even for those that venture into investment, the average rate of return is less than 4%. The Dunhe foundation is a regional non-public fundraising foundation founded in May, 2012 by Ye Qingjun, chairman of the board of directors of Dunhe Asset Management Company. According to Zhang, the foundation has received more than 70 million yuan in donations since its establishment, but …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Jingtao from the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Jingtao from the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children

An Interview with Liu Jingtao, Director of the Program Development Department at the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Perrine Lhuillier of Save the Children

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Perrine Lhuillier of Save the Children

An interview with Perrine Lhuillier, Director of Communications and Donor Relations at Save the Children in China, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Environmental lawsuits still too expensive

Although the new environmental protection law, enacted on January 1, 2015, gave more than 700 environmental protection organizations the authorization to bring environmental lawsuits, only two organizations – the All-China Environment Federation(ACEF) and Friends of Nature(FON) – have thus far exercised their rights. The ACEF is responsible for three public interest lawsuits while FON has brought one such lawsuit since the implementation of the new law. The Associate Director of ACEF, Lv Keqin explained that lack of funding is the major reason why the new law hasn’t become a big incentive for the qualified organizations to bring environmental lawsuits. “The costs of an environmental lawsuit, including investigation expenses, court costs …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wolf Kantelhardt of Misereor

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wolf Kantelhardt of Misereor

An interview with Wolf Kantelhardt, Finance and Evaluation Officer at Misereor, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

An interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director

An interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Li Hong, Deputy Director General of the One Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Li Hong, Deputy Director General of the One Foundation

An interview with Li Hong, Deputy Director General of the One Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Zhouhong, Former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Zhouhong, Former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation

Interview with Liu Zhouhong, former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

New spring festival donations trend: Hong Bao charity

The Chinese tradition of giving gifts of money in red envelopes (Hong Bao) during spring festival turned into a new fad for China’s internet users when internet giants Alibaba and Tencent both started offering electronic “Hong Bao” during the holiday. NGOs in China responded swiftly to this new trend. Deng Fei, founder of the “Free Lunch for Children” project, started an online initiative in February 9 calling on people to donate their digital “Hong Bao” to charitable projects. Other charitable organizations, notably Maitian Education Foundation and Bixing Youth Fund (碧心青少年关爱基金) quickly joined the cause and started their own initiatives. The result was exciting, Free Lunch, for example, raised 1.13 million …read more

Public welfare crowdfunding in China: 2014’s most successful projects

Crowdfunding has recently become very popular on the internet. When crowdfunding appeared in China almost three years ago, no-one showed interest in it. It now has an impressive success rate. All kinds of public welfare projects, no matter how unusual, are now being on the Internet. The internet has proved to be a strong vehicle for public welfare crowd-funding: not only it increased the number of people willing to participate in public welfare projects; it has also increased public interest in the subject. Looking at general statistics about the growth of the crowd-funding movement, it is clear that the movement is booming in China. In just short period of time crowd-funding …read more