The Chinese Design of the Charity Law
In the midst of the abounding commentary on China’s first legislation on charity, British researcher Holly Snape offers a unique perspective on the “Chinese characteristics” embodied in the design of the Charity Law.
Government puts end to charity suspected of pyramid scheme
This week, The Ministry of Civil Affairs released an alert regarding Shanxinhui, a charity supposedly utilizing pyramid-scheme business models to misappropriate funds. The announcement by the Ministry read, “ALERT: National crackdown on Shanxinhui. Please exercise caution!” The Ponzi-scheme reminiscent business approach that the charity has taken allowed them to trick people across China, but the Ministry states that this will not continue. According to reports, departments across the nation have taken steps to put a halt to the charity’s activities. Below is CDB’s abridged translation of a report on the incident. Leaders of Liaoning’s illegal pyramid-scheme management organization have begun an investigation of Shanxinhui’s charity operations after they received …read more
Over 500 charitable organizations register in first four months of Charity Law’s enforcement
A report was released by Beijing Normal University this week, exploring the state of charitable organizations in China during the first four months of the Charity Law’s implementation, between September and December 2016. The report appears to confirm that it has got much easier for Chinese charitable organizations to officialy register since the law took effect. It states that during the time span considered more than 500 charitable organizations were registered in 15 Chinese provinces. Out of these 113 obtained public fundraising qualifications, 13 were chosen by the Civil Administration Bureau as online fundraising platforms, and 21 charitable trusts were put on record. Lastly, the report states that the central …read more
Tax department releases announcement on tax registration for overseas NGOs
In an effort to further implement the “Law on the Management of Overseas NGOs”, the State Administration of Taxation recently sent an announcement regarding tax registration for overseas NGOs to all tax departments. Below is CDB’s translation of the announcement. In line with current provisions for tax registration, overseas NGOs that registered at the Public Security Bureau after January 1 whose taxpayer ID codes use an 18-digit unified social credit code will be issued tax registration certificates. As for overseas NGOs that have already registered and set up a tax registration with the Civil Affairs Department but do not yet have a unified social credit code, the tax bureau will …read more
Shanghai issues registration certificates to eight more overseas NGOs
On January 17th 2017, the Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau issued registration certificates to the first six representative offices of overseas NGOs in Shanghai. Now a second batch of overseas NGOs, larger and active in more different fields, have officially acquired their certificates on April 1st. This time a total of eight overseas NGOs were able to register their representative offices in Shanghai, including the US Cotton Council International, the US International Trademark Association, the US International Copper Association, the Spanish Association for the Investigation of Industrial Textile, the US Soybean Export Council, the US Poultry & Egg Export Council, the US Meat Export Federation …read more
International NGOs in China: Which Path to Follow?
Registering with the authorities remains a challenge for many international NGOs working in China. This article from the Chinese media discusses some of the problems involved and offers some concrete policy suggestions to solve the impasse.
Inspections uncover slew of polluting companies in Northern China
On March 30, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MeP) released its first quarterly report for 2017 on the air quality inspections it carries out, finding a series of concerning issues. Between February 15th and March 18th, the ministry conducted air quality inspections in various cities across Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Beijing and Tianjin. In addition, they also conducted nighttime inspections and spot-checks at 8,500 companies, discovering that more than 3,000 of them had some sort of issue. Among the issues, the report found inconsistencies in many companies’ heavy pollution contingency planes, which are designed to slash the amount of pollutants companies emit. One specific case revealed that a company’s contingency plan …read more
Half a year since the Charity Law went into effect, how are social organizations faring?
It has now been half a year since the implementation of China’s Charity Law, and many in the sector are wondering how things are moving forward with the recognition of charitable organizations across China. A recent report by the China Non-Public Foundations Development Forum focuses on the situation in Guangdong province. As some of the first ones to obtain recognition by the Civil Affairs Bureaus, charitable organizations in Guangdong can act as a point of reference for others across the country. The report found that there are twenty-one registered charitable organizations in the province. Out of these, there are fourteen social organizations that were directly established as charitable organizations when registering, …read more
Awareness of Charity Law’s provisions still lagging behind, says scholar
A reporter for China Society News recently interviewed Wang Ming, the dean of Tsinghua University’s China Philanthropy Research Institute, about the popularization of China’s Charity Law. When asked what the current status is regarding the Charity Law, Wang Ming replied that even though there have been a number of revisions to portions of the law and even though numerous media outlets have reported on it, the current level of public awareness on the law is not ideal. He believes that this is due to a number of reasons. One reason is insufficient coverage of meetings regarding the registration process by the Civil Administration Departments. Reporting on the Charity Law was …read more
Paulson Institute awards fourth annual Paulson prize
This article was originally published by the Paulson Institute. You can see the original here. The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit “think and do” tank grounded in the principle that today’s most pressing economic and environmental challenges can be solved only if the United States and China work in complementary ways. Its mission is to strengthen U.S.-China relations and to advance sustainable economic growth and environmental protection in both countries. Founded in 2011 by Henry M. Paulson, Jr., the 74th Secretary of the Treasury and former Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs, the Institute is based in Chicago and has offices in Washington, San Francisco, and Beijing. Learn more at www.paulsoninstitute.org The …read more
Li Keqiang’s annual work report touches upon civil society
As every year, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. His report touched on various topics of relevance to civil society, including social work, the management of social organizations, poverty alleviation, community governance, institutional reform, child welfare protection and care for the elderly. Below we have summarized some of the most relevant points. Li Keqiang’s report stressed the need to push for the sound development of the public welfare sector, as a follow-up to the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016. A series of related policies will continue …read more
Charity Law amendment proposed during China’s “Two Sessions”
Every March Beijing plays host to the so-called “Two Sessions,” the joint plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). During this year’s opening meeting of the NPC, many proposals were put forth on how to improve public welfare policies, including a proposed amendment to the Charity Law. Below are some of the more interesting proposals: – An amendment to the Charity Law proposed by a deputy named Wang Ming aims at creating tax deductions for NGOs while also proposing a re-evaluation of the asset value maintenance of NGOs, along with an increase in tax exemptions for philanthropic organizations. – Deputy Li …read more