Keyword: Policy and Regulations

Our Registration Story: The Asia Foundation

Our Registration Story: The Asia Foundation

Another piece from the Center for Charity Law’s “Our Registration Story” series, this time focusing on the Asia Foundation, one of the first international NGOs to work in China.

Overseas NGOs register in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Shandong and Yunnan

A number of overseas NGOs have recently completed their registrations in different areas of China. Fourteen overseas NGOs, including the Global Alliance of SMEs (Shanghai) and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, were recently awarded registration credentials by the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB in Shanghai. The official from the Shanghai PSB congratulated these ONGOs on their successful registration and assured that the public security organs will continue to facilitate ONGOs’ activities based on the law. In Beijing, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credentials and chief representative certificates to WildAid, the Lee Shau Kee Foundation, the Chi Wah Foundation Limited and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries. The four …read more

The 19th CPC National Congress and how it relates to the charity sector

The 19th CPC National Congress and how it relates to the charity sector

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s report on the opening day of the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress has attracted much worldwide interest and coverage. The China Philanthropy Times (公益时报), the most prestigious news outlet within China’s charity sector, published an article yesterday analyzing how the report is relevant to the charity sector, and specifically focusing on the role of social organizations in a consultative democracy, a theme touched upon during the congress. The article focuses specifically on three issues. First of all, it points out the difficulties for social organizations that want to participate in consultation. The article claims it to be a pleasant surprise that social organizations are included in the report …read more

Tencent confirms suspicions of machine-generated fundraising on the “9/9 Philanthropy Day”

Over a month has passed since this year’s 9/9 Philanthropy Day, which generated a total of over 1.3 billion Yuan in donations. Although the occasion was a success, there were also unfortunately some reports of fraudulent fundraising by members of the public. In response to these reports, on October 10 Tencent publicized the relevant statistics, confirming the existence of the problem. According to the statistics, there were 25,244 accounts that each donated more than 5 times within one minute, and the resulting 234,775 donations raised a total of over 7 million Yuan and generated 3.71 million Yuan of matching donations by Tencent. However, based on Tencent’s estimates, it normally takes …read more

Overseas NGOs register in Tianjin, Liaoning and Shandong

Three overseas NGOs recently registered in Tianjin, Liaoning and Shandong provinces. In Tianjin the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB recently issued registration credentials and chief representative certificates to the Philip Hayden Foundation. As has become the norm a celebratory event was held, at which the chief representative of the Foundation thanked the office and stated that the foundation would carry out its activities strictly in accordance with the law and passionately contribute to the development of charity in Tianjin. In Liaoning, it was the Canada China Agriculture Friendship Society that successfully registered its representative office. The chief of the organization’s headquarters, Mr. Yu Yiran, presented a banner to …read more

Our Registration Story: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Our Registration Story: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Following TNC’s successful registration in Beijing, chief representative Joyce Ma talks to the Center for Charity Law about her organization’s history in China, how it faced the challenge of registering under the new law, and its plans for the future.

Oxfam and two more overseas NGOs register in Beijing

Three overseas NGOs were recently awarded registration credentials and chief representative certificates by the  Beijing Public Security Bureau in Beijing, including the SportAccord Asia-Pacific Headquarters (Macau), Oxfam (Hong Kong) and the France Export Céréales. For Oxfam this is the fourth registration in China, after registering representative offices in Guangdong, Gansu and Yunnan earlier this year. Yan Dongsheng, director of the Overseas NGOs Management Office of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, congratulated the three organizations on the successful registration of their Beijing representative offices. He assured that the public security organs will continue to facilitate ONGOs’ activities, and safeguard their legitimate rights and interests in China. Meanwhile, he also expressed his hope that ONGOs will carry …read more

Lesbian expatriate wins lawsuit in Hong Kong over spousal visa application

On September 26th, the Hong Kong Appeal Court ruled in favour of a British woman, identified only as QT, whose application for a spousal visa had been rejected because her partner, who is working in Hong Kong, is a woman. QT and her partner had already entered a civil partnership in the UK, before her partner got her job in Hong Kong; however, when QT tried to apply for a dependent’s visa in Hong Kong, she was refused with the motivation that she was not a ‘spouse’. QT then sued Hong Kong immigration last year and lost the first case, but she appealed and on the 25th of September won the …read more

The first year of the Charity Law summed up

It has been just over a year since China’s Charity Law came into force on September 1st 2016. In a recent article for the China Social Organizations Magazine, professor Jia Xijin from Tsinghua University went through six focal points concerning the law’s implementation. We have tried to summarize them below: 1. Who has been regulated by the charity law? The main focus of the Charity Law is concentrated on charitable organizations. Therefore, the Charity Law regulates the establishment and operation of charitable organizations. 2. Has there been any progress in direct registration? According to the Charity Law, in order to establish charitable organizations it is necessary to apply for registration with …read more

Statistics on ONGOs' Registrations and Temporary Activities, January to August

Statistics on ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities, January to August

This article offers an overview of the statistics on Overseas NGOs registering in China under the new legal framework, looking at the period from January until August 2017.

Overseas NGOs Registration Workshop: Q&A Session

Overseas NGOs Registration Workshop: Q&A Session

Our translation of the Q&A sessions from CDB’s recent workshop on the registration of overseas NGOs in China.

Dr. Wang Chao (Save the Children): the Future of China's Overseas NGOs

Dr. Wang Chao (Save the Children): the Future of China’s Overseas NGOs

A talk by Wang Chao, Save the Children’s chief representative in China, discussing what the future will hold for international charities working in the Middle Kingdom.

Overseas NGOs register in Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Henan and Zhejiang

A number of overseas NGOs have recently completed their registrations throughout China. Eight overseas NGOs were recently awarded registration credentials and chief representative certificates in Beijing, including the Fédération Française de Football office (FR), Junior Achievement (U.S), the Wildlife Conservation Society (U.S), the U.S Meat Export Federation (U.S), the Sun Culture Foundation (HK), the World Steel Association (BE), the Korea Chamber of Commerce & industry (KR) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce And Industry (IN). Junior Achievement’s Beijing office presented a thank-you banner to the municipal PSB for their warm and efficient services. In Inner Mongolia, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credentials and …read more

Professor Jia Xijin: the First Six Months of the ONGO Law’s Implementation

Professor Jia Xijin: the First Six Months of the ONGO Law’s Implementation

This talk by Tsinghua professor Jia Xijin looks at the first half-year of the Overseas NGO Law’s implementation, and how overseas NGOs can face the challenges they encounter when trying to register.

Dr. Zhang Lingxiao's Presentation on the ONGO Law

Dr. Zhang Lingxiao’s Presentation on the ONGO Law

A presentation by Dr. Zhang Lingxiao, Director of the Jingshi Law Firm, given during CDB’s recent workshop on the registration of foreign NGOs. It focuses on the legal practicalities related to the Overseas NGO Law.

Report: China has the potential to transform philanthropic sector

Report: China has the potential to transform philanthropic sector

Philanthropic actors in China have the potential to transform the charity sector in the country while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report released on Monday. The report titled “Philanthropy for the SDGs in China” was jointly released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and China Foundation Center (CFC) during the ongoing Beijing Charity Week. The report is the outcome of a joint program under the same name by the two organization launched in January 2017. It aims to mobilize Chinese philanthropic actors to achieve the SDGs by linking philanthropic actions to those goals and showing their contributions to the development agenda through a real-time …read more

National charity information platform launched, aims to promote public trust

National charity information platform launched, aims to promote public trust

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has launched a National Charity Information Platform (全国慈善信息公开平台), with the aim of making it easier for the public to find information about charitable organizations and supervise their activities. The opening ceremony was held on September the 4th. The launching of this platform is a response to last year’s Charity Law, which requires that charitable organizations be transparent with their information. By 8 AM on September 4th, the platform had released information regarding 2,134 charitable organizations and 38 charitable trust filings. Out of these organizations, 517 have qualifications for public fundraising; they released information about 837 public fundraising activities and 1,595 charity projects through the platform. During the opening …read more

10 years since China’s ban on plastic bags, food delivery services now a major source of plastic waste

It has been almost 10 years since December 2007, when a ban on free plastic bags went into effect across China. An article has appeared on Chinese media outlet Ifeng, asking what the ban’s results have been. Observation reveals that there are still small supermarkets and shops that provide free plastic bags for their customers. The real issue however is that the break-neck development of food delivery services and online shopping in recent years has created a major new source of plastic pollution. The huge popularity of food delivery services in Chinese cities represents a particular environmental headache. Most of the take-out lunch boxes are made of non-degradable materials, which increases …read more