2019 Outlook for philanthropy in China : new force and 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. The period of ten years is called “Golden Age” for grassroots charity. 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 to 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 Mayun Charity Foundation to communicate or …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
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 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
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
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?
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.
Hurun Philanthropy List 2018 released
Hurun Research, the company best known for its Hurun China Rich List that ranks China’s wealthiest people, has released its annual Hurun Philanthropy List for 2018. The List contains the top 100 individuals to have made public donations to foundations, NGOs, and educational institutions in Mainland China. This year 76 year-old He Xiangjian, founder of the Midea Group, was named the most generous philanthropist in China, with 7.5 billion RMB worth of donations. The second and third places were taken by two real estate moguls, 60 year-old Xu Jiaxin, with 3.42 billion RMB worth of donations, and 68 year-old Lu Zhi Qiang with 1 billion. The report calculates cash and cash-related donations, …read more
Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan’s Queen Rania’s Foundation for Education and Development
Editor’s note This report was originally published by Alizila. You can find the original here. The Jack Ma Foundation on Monday announced the first stage of a $3 million donation in support of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, a nonprofit group headed by the Queen of Jordan to promote education in the Middle Eastern country. The announcement was made by Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma during his trip to Jordan this week, when he visited the office of Edraak, a free online education platform supported by the Queen’s foundation. Ma, a former English teacher, has maintained a lifelong commitment to promoting education. Founded in 2014, the …read more
2018 China Charity Rankings released: total donations amount to 20 billion yuan
The fifteenth China Charity Ranking was officially released in a ceremony held in the famed Water Cube of Beijing’s Olympic Park. A total of 172 philanthropists made it into the list, with total donations of more than 7.6 billion yuan. 721 philanthropic entrepreneurs are also on the list, with donations of more then 12 billion yuan. Compared with 2016, the donations in 2017 witnessed a remarkable increase. The China Foundations List and the China Philanthropic Celebrities List were also released, with 50 public-fundraising foundations, 50 non-public fundraising foundations and 50 celebrities making their entries into the respective lists. Lin Chi-ling, a famous Taiwanese model and actress, was awarded with the …read more
Report on Chinese university foundations released
According to the recently released “Development Report of Chinese University Education Foundations (2018)”, 527 higher education foundations had been established in China as of December 6, 2017. By sorting through the financial status of 413 university education foundations from 2012 to 2015, the report found that the amount of donations they received was in a relatively mild state of fluctuation, something affected by many factors, such as the concentration of university celebrations and economic downturns. However the total amount of donations increased from 6 to 7 billion yuan. The report points out that the proportion of expenditures from university education foundations within total university expenditures reflects the foundations’ weight and contribution …read more
China Development Brief holds workshop for social organizations in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region
On March 20, CDB hosted a workshop for social organizations participating in the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region (社会组织参与京津冀协同发展研讨会). Forty-six delegates from more than forty social organizations based in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei took part in the workshop, which was held in Beijing. Last year, CDB applied to conduct a Ministry of Civil Affairs project to improve the communication and resource integration among social organizations (as nonprofits are known in China) in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. As part of the project a survey of 55 social organizations in the region was conducted, which found some problems in terms of the communication and resource integration between the organizations. Within the region, …read more