Draft Charity Law released online for public consultation
In October, the 17th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress reviewed the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft) (中华人民共和国慈善事业法（草案）) for the first time. The Draft that will cover charitable organizations and activities in China has now been put on the NPC website (http://www.npc.gov.cn/) for public consultation. The contents of the Draft are displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting to the address listed below. The deadline for comments is the 30th November 2015. The address for comments to be sent to is: Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, …read more
The NPC will review the Charity Law draft
The 17th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (the NPC) will be held in Beijing from October 30th to Nov. 4th. The Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft) (中华人民共和国慈善事业法（草案）) will be reviewed during the meeting. It will be the first time for the Charity Law to be reviewed by the NPC after its draft was released for comments in February 2015. The law contains specific regulations on the management of charity funds and charity information disclosure. The legislative process of the Charity Law started in 2005, when the Ministry of Civil Affairs proposed it to the National People’s Congress and the Legislative …read more
What have Overseas NGOs brought to China?
The article explores the significant impacts of overseas NGOs on the development of Chinese social organizations (namely NGOs) in four aspects.
The Third Global Foundation Leaders Forum held in Nanjing
On September 24th and September 25th, the Third Global Foundation Leaders Forum (第三届世界大型基金会高峰论坛), co-hosted by China Foundation for Human Rights Development and Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, was held in Nanjing. The Forum attracted more than 100 experts and representatives of a variety of well-known foundations from over 30 countries and districts, including China, Russia and the US. Huang Mengfu, vice president of CPPCC National Committee and director of China Foundation for Human Rights Development, encouraged foundations of all countries to respect cultural differences, and to deepen their exchange and cooperation based on the principle of “agree to disagree”. Cui Yuying, vice president of CCPPD and deputy director of …read more
CDB’s first HR training workshop launched
On October 9th 2015, CDB launched its first ever HR training workshop at World Resources Institute in Beijing. The theme of the workshop is “Career Development in the Chinese NGO Sector”. The workshop is the first of CDB’s three trainings targeting at NGO HR staff. Mr. Wang Tuoxuan from Deloitte, Managing Partner Harbin branch/Partner Human Capital Advisory Services, served as the trainer of the workshop. Fourteen HR staff and representatives from twelve NGOs, such as Ford Foundation, Dunhe Foundation and WRI, joined the workshop. The workshop explores the meaning of a career and career development, detailing various career stages and different career paths. The participants also had guided discussion on …read more
CCCPC releases opinion on Party-Building in “social organizations”
Xinhua New Agency reported on September 28 that the General Office of CPC Central Committee recently published the “Opinion on Enhancing Party Building Work in Social Organizations (trial) (关于加强社会组织党的建设工作的意见（试行）)”. NGOs (or “social organizations”, 社会组织）were first required to establish Party Groups by “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial)” which was passed on May 29th 2015 (see CDB news here). According to the report, the fundamental aim of the Opinion is to enhance CPC’s leadership among NGOs, and the Opinion stipulates that the Party Groups within NGOs must act as the political nucleus. The Opinion gives clear guidance on the management mechanism of NGO Party groups. For instance, the …read more
The government will establish a unified numbering system for volunteers
On September 14th, Ministry of Civil Affairs released a detailed interpretation of the Basic Specification of Volunteer Service Information System(志愿服务信息系统基本规范). It marks the first national standard for the information system of volunteerism. According to the interpretation, every volunteer in the country will have a unified number(统一编号）in the future. The Specification had been in the process of drafting for a year before its final release. It was drafted by volunteering organizations, universities, and other institutions. It provides standards for volunteering time, training, certification and it also has important reference for further improvement of the Volunteer Service Information System. The unified numbers (18 digits) for volunteers are set for the following reasons: (1) …read more
Application for Dunhe Seed Fund is now open
The application for Dunhe Seed Fund Plan(敦和种子基金计划) will be open from September 11th to October 10th. About 10 “small but beautiful” foundations will be publicly slected and given 3 million RMB each to establish the Dunhe Seed Fund(敦和种子基金). For more details of the application, please see 2015 Application Announcement of Dunhe Seed Fund Plan (敦和种子基金计划 2015 年招募公告) (available online) or call 0571-87666904,18958109425. Dunhe Seed Fund Plan was first launched in 2014 and Dunhe Foundation has donated 30 million RMB to the selected 9 foundations to establish the non-expendable Dunhe Seed Fund. It aims to aid fast-growing small and medium foundations which have outstanding performance in the public welfare sector. The Dunhe …read more
Guidelines released on forged volunteer service certificate
According to the official website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs(民政部), the Ministry along with Civilization Office of the Central Committee (中央文明办),the Central Committee of the Communist Young League (共青团中央), and Ministry of Education (教育部) recently released Guidelines on Standardizing the Certification of Volunteer Service Records (关于规范志愿服务记录证明工作的指导意见). According to the guidelines, individuals or work units (单位) that provide false voluntary service certificates should be recorded by relevant authorities and be announced to the public. The new regulation also points out that providers of volunteer service certificates (志愿服务记录证明) should meet all the following requirements: (1) They should be legally established organizations or work units; (2) The volunteer who needs the certificate …read more
MOCA explains social organizations’ GDP statistics
On July 30th, Caixin News reported that, according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for the Third Sector’s report, the official GDP data of social organizations is far less than the actual data. An official from Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) later did an interview with Caixin explaining the differences between the numbers, and also confirmed that there might be errors in the raw data that had been announced.
Ministry of Civil Affairs announces initial results of annual inspection of foundations
The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) recently released a notice (Notice No.351) announcing the results of its 2014 inspection on foundations (first round). According to the Notice, the annual inspection was conducted in accordance with the Regulation on the Administration of Foundations (基金会管理条例) and Measures for the Annual Inspection of Foundations (基金会年度检查办法). There were 134 foundations involved in the first round of examination, of which 120 was up to standard (合格), 12 barely passed (基本合格), and 2 failed (不合格). The Notice also reminds the foundations on the list to go the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (民间组织管理局) within 30 days of the announcement to have their registration …read more