Keyword: Online platforms

Crowdfunding campaigns come under scrutiny again

A crowdfunding effort on behalf of a well-known comedian has turned into China’s latest controversy over crowdfunding. On April 8, xiangsheng (crosstalk) comedian Wu Hechen suffered a cerebral haemorrhage and was hospitalized in Beijing. His condition has since stabilized. Following this, his family began trying to raise donations for a total of 1 million Yuan on the crowdfunding platform Shuidichou (水滴筹). Wu’s mother wrote on her platform account that both herself and Wu’s father have already retired, and their income is not nearly sufficient to afford the necessary medical care. She expressed the hope that members of the public could lend a hand and help her family. This was met with suspicion and …read more

Report released on online fundraising in China in 2018

Report released on online fundraising in China in 2018

A report recently released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs provides a picture of the online fundraising landscape in China for 2018. Over the course of the year, the 20 official platforms for online public fundraising designated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs published a total of 21,000 solicitations for fundraising on behalf of over 1400 charitable organizations nationally. Netizens clicked, followed and otherwise reacted to these solicitations a total of 8.46 billion times, and the total amount of money raised was in excess of 3.17 billion Yuan, a figure that rose by 26.8% compared to 2017. Charity organizations raised 1.725 billion Yuan through Tencent Charity, 670 million through Ant …read more

Three main fundraising platforms for people with serious diseases commit to self-regulation

Love Fundraising (爱心筹), Raindrop Fundraising (水滴筹) and Fun in Funding (轻松筹), three major online platforms where people with serious illnesses can fundraise from the public, have jointly released two documents on how their platforms should self-regulate. A “self-regulation proposal” and a “self-regulation convention” for “individual appeals for help with serious diseases on online platforms” were both released on October 19. China’s online platforms for serious illness fundraising emerged due to the inability of some families, especially in rural areas, to afford the medical bills for relatives affected by serious diseases. These platforms help patients to spread information about their predicaments through their websites and to raise money from well-wishers. According to …read more

Shanghai sets up online platform for social organizations

The “Shanghai online platform for social organizations”, developed by Shanghai’s Civil Affairs Bureau and Social Organizations’ Management Bureau, has become operative. The platform allows individuals and social organizations to handle 15 different transactions, including establishment of registration, alteration of registration, extension of validity and cancellation of registration. The platform was initially completed last May, after which a function allowing online registration for foundations was piloted for four months. So far twelve applications for registration are being reviewed, and one has been completed. Shanghai has 16,000 social organizations that play an important role in promoting the development of economy and society. This reform aims at transforming government functions, optimizing the business environment …read more

An Analysis of Online Fundraising in China

An Analysis of Online Fundraising in China

Almost 1 billion RMB were raised online for charitable causes in the first half of 2018. This article analyses this important aspect of contemporary Chinese charity.

Online public fundraising platforms raised nearly 1 billion RMB in the first half of 2018

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

Frequency of scams raises questions about online fundraising

On the 7th of July, in China’s Southwestern city of Nanning, a mother posted a notice online stating that her daughter had been infected by the Zika virus, and that the family did not have money for treatment. Within three days, more than 250 000RMB had been raised through online platforms; however some netizens uncovered soon after that the mother in question owned many restaurants in the area, drove an Audi and possessed various properties to her name. The internet quickly labelled her a fraud, and on the 27th July all of the money was returned. This case comes after numerous other incidents involving online fundraising, most notably the Luo Er case …read more

An overview of the 2017 annual reports of China’s online fundraising platforms

China’s Charity Law, passed in 2016, stipulates that all charitable organisations must release fundraising information only on official platforms recognised by the Civil Affairs Department of the State Council. A year and a half after 12 organizations passed the first round of selections by the Ministry of Civil Affairs as designated fundraising platforms, the ministry started the second round of selections this January. The 12 platforms designated last year recently published their 2017 annual reports. The statistics released, including the amount of funds raised, the number of programs already launched, and the amount of donations, reveal evident disparities between the 12 organizations.   Table 1 Amount of Funds Raised in 2017 Ranking …read more