Keyword: Philanthropy

AVPN releases report on philanthropy in China

Editor’s Note AVPN (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network) has just released an insightful report on philanthropy in China. Below you can read AVPN’s original press release. You can download and read the report here.    5 April 2019, New York – Total giving in China has grown to a remarkable USD 23.4 billion in 2017, with registered foundations increasing by 17% over the last decade and corporate giving dominating philanthropic efforts by contributing more than 65% of total giving in 2016. These indicators reflect the sector’s growth into a powerhouse for development. Published by AVPN and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, Philanthropy in China is a first-of-its-kind report that looks beyond indices …read more

Does it still make sense to donate second-hand clothing for rural areas?

This is an abridged and adapted translation of a commentary published on the Charity School (公益慈善学园) WeChat account on the 10th of March. Charity School is a platform for publishing news and research findings on the philanthropic sector. This commentary is on the issue of second-hand donations to rural areas in China.   “Where has your donated second-hand clothing gone?” has recently become a highly searched question online, arousing extensive discussion. It has been noted that donated used clothing, which ought to be sent to disaster areas, rural areas and poverty-stricken countries in Africa, has been sold to recycling plants that recycle the fabrics and metals, allowing recycling companies to profiteer. …read more

Eight highlights of the 2019 Government Work Report: social groups, social work, and philanthropy

  China’s 13th National People’s Congress opened its second session on the morning of March 5th at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Premier Li Keqiang delivered the government work report at the meeting. A report from the “Charity Times” (公益时报), China’s most respected publication on the philanthropic sector, summarized eight points from the work report which will have a significant impact on the development of the philanthropical sector. 1. Social forces will receive more attention. The report mentions “supporting the social forces to increase the supply of non-basic public services” for the first time. The reason is clearly that, due to the heavy pressure on the balance …read more

China’s social credit system takes on fake charities, announces state media

Editor’s Note This is CDB’s translation of an article that originally appeared in the Guangming Daily (光明日报) on the 26th of February.    Kindness and love are where philanthropy begins. If there is fraud, it will not only do harm to the people’s interests but also be devastating to social trust. Hence as the government department for administration and registration of charitable organizations, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, alongside the civil affairs departments at all levels, has taken measures to strengthen supervision, improve service, and tackle illegal behaviors alongside other departments.  Supervising charitable organizations’ daily operations is one of the most important duties for the Ministry of Civil Affairs. To …read more

Minister of Civil Affairs: charitable donations reached 75.42 billion yuan in 2018

During a press briefing of the State Council’s Information Office on February 21, China’s Minister of Civil Affairs Shuxian Huang gave a talk on the development and reform of civil affairs in 2018 alongside three vice-ministers. Minister Huang assured that after going through institutional reform, the Ministry of Civil Affairs will focus more on the bottom-line of livelihood security, basic social governance, basic social services and special administrative functions. It will not only take care of and protect vulnerable groups as well as other social forces, but also strengthen grassroots democracy and social work talent team construction.   It was also pointed out during the briefing that total charitable donations …read more

The outlook for philanthropy in China in 2019: a new force and a new era

Editor’s note This is an abridged and adapted translation of an article written by Li Yulin; you can see the original here.   From 2008 to 2018, the charity cause of China has gone through rapid and prosperous growth. This period of ten years has been called a “Golden Age” for grassroots charity by some academics. Since we stepped into the year of 2019, everyone has seen the changes in politics and economy in China, as well as the rising concerns for China’s philanthropy. More and more people from other fields have participated in philanthropy, and they are not happy about the status quo. For example, Jack Ma urged the secretary of …read more

China Philanthropy Conference 2018 held in Beijing

The China Philanthropy Conference 2018 was held in Beijing on the 14th of January to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up, and summarize and look back upon the achievements of the philanthropic sector. Over 300 guests from government, social organizations, universities, enterprises as well as media discussed the theme of “philanthropy and reform and opening-up”, and the tendency of future development. Chen Changzhi, the chairman of the China Siyuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, addressed that the rule of law system regarding the philanthropy sector is improving, social donations are growing steadily, social organizations are developing rapidly, and volunteering is everywhere. He also made the calling that all the …read more

Gao Chuanjie: Charitable trusts are not exclusively for the wealthy

Gao Chuanjie: Charitable trusts are not exclusively for the wealthy

In this translated article, academic and former high-ranking official Gao Chuanjie discusses the development of charitable trusts in China, and three challenges that they face.

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

CDB's Bilingual Dictionary of Development and Philanthropy now available online!

CDB’s Bilingual Dictionary of Development and Philanthropy now available online!

CDB’s English-Chinese and Chinese-English Dictionary of Development and Philanthropy now has an online version! Co-produced by China Development Brief and Lingxi, the online version allows users to suggest new entries, point out mistakes in the translations, and leave other suggestions. We hope this will allow us to expand and improve our dictionary, and one day produce a second printed edition. The online dictionary can be found at this link, or by scanning the QR code above. The dictionary, whose paper version was published in June 2017, is the first of its kind. It is designed to help those in the NGO and development sectors who often have to wade across the linguistic and …read more

Sixth China Charity Fair comes to a close

The sixth China Charity Fair came to a close in Shenzhen on September 22. This year’s fair was based around the theme of “Focusing on targeted poverty reduction and creating a better life”, and presented some of the latest poverty alleviation programs. 789 organizations, 876 projects and 312 “poverty alleviation consumer products” from all over the country went on display. Preliminary statistics show that 49 poverty alleviation projects were able to connect with each other and link up their resources during the fair, for a total value of 13 billion yuan of resources. During the fair much attention was given to “targeted poverty reduction”, one of the major themes of the recent …read more

BNU Report released on the development of China’s online philanthropy

A report on China’s online philanthropy produced by the China Philanthropy Research Institute and the College of International Charity of Beijing Normal University was officially released this Tuesday in Beijing. According to the authors, the report on China’s Online Philanthropy Development in 2017 marks that China’s online philanthropy has moved into its third phase. In this phase, the innovation inherent to the internet and the kindness of philanthropy are combined to promote the development of online philanthropy. In addition to summarizing the achievements of China’s online philanthropy in 2017, the report provides seven suggestions for its future development, which are listed below.   Technical innovations, especially blockchain technology, provide the possibility to enhance the …read more

New certification for social enterprises announced

On the 11th of August, the Beijing Social Enterprise Certification Method was announced at the Forum for Chinese Social Enterprises. The release of this “method” marks the standard criteria that all social enterprises in Beijing can refer to. A Chinese version of the document can be found here. The following are some points of note. According to the method, after certification all social enterprises in Beijing will be entitled to a certain amount of funding, expert consultation services, the use of the social enterprise logo, branding and the coordination of quality office space and other such amenity provisions. The method clearly states the definition of a social enterprise as an enterprise …read more

Xu Jiayin tops the Forbes China Philanthropist List for the third time

Xu Jiayin tops the Forbes China Philanthropist List for the third time

On the 31st of July Forbes published the 2018 China Philanthropist List; the Evergrande Real Estate Group’s Chairman of the Board, Xu Jiayin, topped the list with cash donations of 4.21 billion RMB, making up a quarter of the total donations ranked. This is the third year the real estate mogul has topped the list, after being ranked first in 2012 and 2013. (the top 10 of the 2018 Forbes China Philanthropist List) The Forbes China Philanthropist List has now been published for twelve years. The sum of the total cash donations of the 100 entrepreneurs in this year’s list comes up to 17.31 billion RMB, which compared to last year’s 10.38 billion RMB …read more

Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country's Set-up?

Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country’s Set-up?

CDB’s translation of a talk by Yang Tuan, CASS researcher and chief editor of this year’s Blue Book of Philanthropy, on how Chinese philanthropy needs to adapt if it is to maintain its relevance.

Hong Kong philanthropist Tian Jiabing passes away

On the morning of July 10th, the Tin Ka Ping Foundation announced the passing of the founder and chairman of the foundation and Hong Kong Tianshi Chemical Industry Company Limited, Dr. Tian Jiabing, at the age of 99. Over the course of his life he donated 80% of his wealth, building over 200 schools. Dr. Tian was born in 1919 in Taipo, Meizhou, in Guangdong province. At the age of 18 he travelled to Vietnam to sell porcelain, and by 1939 he had moved on to the rubber industry in Indonesia. In 1958 Dr. Tian moved to Hong Kong and founded the Hong Kong Tianshi Chemical Co. Ltd., in Tuen …read more

Shanghai's charity Walkathon commits to Zero Waste initiative

Shanghai’s charity Walkathon commits to Zero Waste initiative

The 8th annual E.G.G Walkathon (一个鸡蛋的暴走) took place in Shanghai on the 12th of May. This year nearly 4000 people took part in the 50 kilometre walkathon in aid of children’s charities in China. Over the previous seven years 43.48 million RMB has been raised for 264 children’s charities in 24 provinces, helping over 380,000 children. This year’s walkathon has already raised over 9.83 million RMB. Other than raising money for charity, this year’s Walkathon also committed to the practice of zero waste. Friends of Nature (自然之友), China’s oldest environmental NGO, partnered in carrying out the event’s waste management. According to data they provided, over the course of the walk more than 20 …read more

Faye Wong, Zhang Jie, TFBOYS… How do Chinese Celebrities Engage in Charity?

Faye Wong, Zhang Jie, TFBOYS… How do Chinese Celebrities Engage in Charity?

The participation of Chinese celebrities in charitable activities has grown in recent years. This translated article explores this trend by analysing the Chinese Charity Celebrity Rankings since 2013.