Keyword: Public Welfare

The China Foundation Development Forum 2020 Hubei Summit held

The China Foundation Development Forum 2020 Hubei Summit held

The China Foundation Development Forum 2020 Hubei Summit was successfully held online on the 23rd of June, with the theme of “jointly responding to the changing public welfare ecology”. It attracted hundreds of organizations and thousands of people from Hubei Province and other parts of the country who care about the development of philanthropic work. The summit reviewed the role and value of charitable forces during Hubei’s “war on the epidemic”, reflecting on the shortcomings they have displayed in responding to a major emergency and the necessary improvements, discussing future uncertainties, and building a path and method for a regional public welfare ecology. Eight front-line organisations from Hubei and four foundations from …read more

The story of China's first food bank

The story of China’s first food bank

Editor’s Note This is a summary of a report published by the 世界说 WeChat account on the 12th of June 2020. See here for the original.   China’s first food bank, the “Oasis Charity” (绿洲公益), was founded seven years ago by Li Bing, a retired worker. Its main purpose is to deliver “excess” food to those who need it. The food bank’s main activity, called “Love Food Pack” (爱心食物包), provides 120 yuan worth of food packs to families in need each month with their agreement. In addition to oil and rice, it also includes other food donated by various companies to help these families save money and use it for medical care. As …read more

17th China Philantrophy Ranking released

17th China Philantrophy Ranking released

The 17th China Philanthropy Ranking was officially released on June 16. The annual China Philanthropy Ranking (中国慈善榜), supported by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and the China Charity Times, is a ranking of Chinese philanthropists based on the donations they made over the previous year. In order to aid the prevention and control of the COVID-19, this year’s ceremony adopted the form of an online live broadcast shown on 18 different platforms, including Xinhua, Bilibili, and Tencent. There are 118 philanthropists in this year’s ranking, with total donations of 5.45036 billion yuan between them; and 605 companies in the ranking, with total donations of 1.245059 trillion yuan. During the event, other rankings were also released, including the …read more

Electronic certificate for blood donors established

Electronic certificate for blood donors established

On June 9, the General Office of the National Health Commission issued the “Notice on Enabling a National Unified Electronic Blood Donation Certificate”, announcing that a new national certificate for blood donations will be launched on June 14. Zhejiang Province had already implemented an electronic blood donation certificate in October 2019. After a successful donation, donors will receive an SMS with a link they can open to view the corresponding electronic certificate. What is most crucial about the system is that it is integrated with the “charity hours” (公益时) that Alipay, China’s major mobile payments platform, uses to assess the value of charitable endeavours. Blood donors can convert the amount of blood they have …read more

Fund for pneumoconiosis sufferers wins charity award

Wang Keqin has been awarded as part of the “70 people in 70 years of Chinese charity brands” (中国慈善公益品牌70年70人) awards, which were announced at the 14th Annual Brands and Personalities Summit on December 18. The awards are organized jointly by Brandcn (品牌联盟) and Shanda Net (善达网). Wang, a well-known investigate reporter, has been called “the first journalist to expose the dark side in China”. He is known for reports like “The black market for securities in Lanzhou is washing up shareholders” (兰州证券黑市狂洗“股民”), “The inside story behind the Beijing taxi industry monopoly” (北京出租车业垄断黑幕), and “Investigation into a Shanxi coal mine” (山西煤窑真相调查), all of which had strong social repercussions and a positive impact on the …read more

TV star Hu Ge volunteers in the Tibetan plateau

TV star Hu Ge volunteers in the Tibetan plateau

Chinese actor and singer Hu Ge (also known as Hugh Hu), famous for his roles in a number of popular historical TV dramas, recently publicised his environmental protection activities in the Tibetan plateau. Earlier this month, Hu gave a lecture at an event entitled “Role Models Around Us”, in which he introduced the work he has been doing with “Green River” (绿色江河), an NGO which aims to protect the environment of the Changjiang River (also known as the Yangtze River). An article published yesterday on the official WeChat account of Green River summarises his talk and recent activities with them. In June 2013, Hu Ge went to Sanjiangyuan (an area of the Tibetan plateau that is …read more

NGO 2.0 lists examples of blockchain-based charity in China

In October 2019, the central government proposed “to take blockchain as an important breakthrough in independent innovations of core technology”. In the past few years, many products and projects involving both blockchain and charity have emerged. Some people are asking what role blockchain can play in the charity sector? Can blockchain really solve specific problems? Must blockchain be used to ensure transparency? What is the first public blockchain in China? In response to these questions, NGO 2.0 (an education-focused nonprofit with the aim to empower grassroots NGOs in Central and Western China by providing technological training and support, jointly sponsored by MIT and University of Science and Technology of China) has published an article …read more

CASS releases blue book on Chinese charity in 2018

According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ new Charity Blue Book, in 2018 the total amount of social donations in China was about 112.8 billion yuan, a 26% decrease compared to 2017. On the other hand, the contribution value of volunteer services increased by more than 50% from 2017.     On July 13, 2019, the “2019 Charity Blue Book Launch Conference and Chengdu Charity Forum” was held in Chengdu, Sichuan. Nearly 80 people from charity, academia, enterprises, media and the public sector attended the event. Yang Tuan, a researcher from the Institute of Sociology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, consultant of the Social Policy Center and …read more

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation deepens its involvement in Africa

On June 26, the international seminar “Global Management: China-Africa education cooperation and people-to-people exchanges” was held at the African Institute of Zhejiang Normal University. During the seminar Wu Peng, the director of the international development department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), gave a talk about the poverty reduction projects that the CFPA has been carrying out in Africa recently, setting a pioneering path for Chinese foundations. As Wu Peng explained, since 2007 the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has carried out projects involving maternal and paediatric hospitals, school canteens, care packages, water cellars, and women’s professional training in countries including Guinea Bissau, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Namibia, and Ghana. They have …read more

The Ai You Foundation’s innovative child healthcare projects explained

Editor’s note This report is based on an article by the Charity Times, 超11亿投入 爱佑儿童医疗三次创变探索救助之道, originally published on the 17th of June. The Charity Times’ article is loosely based on an interview with Gao Zifei, the assistant secretary-general of the Ai You Foundation. The Ai You Foundation has long been considered one of China’s most important charitable foundations.   The Ai You Foundation’s founder Wang Bing recently gave his predictions regarding the Chinese charity sector in a strategic cooperation conference entitled “Create a nice and healthy future with charity and medical care”. As he said, “the Charity industry will no longer focus on only providing help. Solving social problems in a systematic …read more

Report released on the development of talents in the Chinese charity sector

With the development of a more diverse society many charitable organizations, including foundations, social groups, and social service organizations, have emerged in large numbers. The demand for talent in charity is also increasing as charitable programs prosper. However, due to the unreasonable salary structure, the low social status, blocked promotion paths and other problems, the development of charity is now greatly restricted by a shortage of talents. Although professionals within the industry have conducted various surveys and analyses of human resources in the charity sector, these all suffer from many limitations, such as an incomplete coverage of samples and organization types, limited research content, and the overlooking of new trends. In light …read more

Civil Affairs Ministry releases documents on improving welfare system for left-behind children

On May 27, the Ministry of Civil Affairs held the second press conference of 2019, and in cooperation with ten other government departments, released a document entitled “Suggestions on Further Improving the Welfare System for Left-behind Children and Children Facing Difficulties in Rural Areas”. This is not the first time the Party Central Committee and the State Council have stressed the importance of improving children’s welfare. In 2016, the State Council released two similar documents offering suggestions. The director of the Department of Child Welfare spoke at the press conference and explained the four main points of the document. First, the document clarifies the function and direction of development for minor …read more

People’s Daily publishes editorial on the development of charity platforms

On May 24, the People’s Daily published an editorial by an expert from the China Social Management Institute of Beijing Normal University entitled “Look rationally at the development of our country’s internet charity industry”. It argues that online charity platforms have not only altered the conditions of the practice of charity, but also enriched its development patterns, requiring people to have a deep understanding of their current advantages and challenges. The editorial claims that the advantages of online charity platforms can mainly be attributed to the perfect combination between charity and four important features of the internet: transparency, innovation, sharing culture and connectivity. Transparency allows charity organizations and programs to be …read more

Over 810,000 registered social organizations in China, reveals Ministry of Civil Affairs

The Charity Times reported yesterday on some interesting data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs concerning China’s charity sector in 2018. The data comes from the “National Civil Affairs Work Video Conference”, held in Beijing on the 3rd January, and other data recently released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. We summarize the most interesting points below.   Social organizations Registration management: up to now, the civil affairs departments at all levels have registered 810,000 social organizations and 5289 charitable organizations (1454 of which had public fundraising qualifications). Illegal social organizations rectification: In 2018, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the public security organs launched a special campaign for a period …read more

15 families with autistic children moving into new Shenzhen compound provokes protests

15 families with autistic children moving into new Shenzhen compound provokes protests

This is an abridged translation of the article written and published by 大米和小米 which can be found here.   On the 18th July, a few families preparing to view their newly allocated public rental housing were sent alerts that due to poor weather conditions their viewings had been rearranged. It was a perfectly fine day, and after looking online the true reason for the change of plans emerged. “17 mental patients are moving into our 75 thousand/m2 compound. What should we do?”, read one headline. What was disturbing about these articles was that the private personal details of the families moving into the public housing were plastered across each one, including …read more

UN World Population Day – China’s Ageing Population

UN World Population Day – China’s Ageing Population

Editor’s Note This is an abbreviated and adapted translation of a report published by the WeChat account of 尖椒部落 on the 11th of July 2018. You can find the original here.   The 11th of July is World Population Day, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness of population issues. This article discusses the issue of population ageing in China, and presents some of the strategies that eleven second-tier cities and four first-tier cities around the country have used to deal with this issue. In 2017 the proportion of elderly people was 17.3% and the birth rate was 12.43. The international definition of an ageing population is when the proportion of people over …read more

Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn

Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn

On the 29th of May 2018, after environmental protection worker Lei Ping sued the Public Security Bureau of Xinyi city, in Guangdong province, for their decision to place her under 10-day administrative detention, it was announced that the police had withdrawn the decision, and the two parties had reached a settlement in court. Earlier this year Lei Ping, a volunteer with the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), was detained by the local police for “spreading rumors and disrupting public order” after she posted a report online about a local quarry polluting that was the environment. The news of her detention attracted public attention on the internet, and people …read more

Report shows Beijing public's environmental awareness growing

Report shows Beijing public’s environmental awareness growing

A think tank known as Tsingyan Research (清研智库) recently published a report on the Beijing Public’s Environmental Awareness from 2013 to 2017. The report claims that public environmental awareness, levels of environmental education and environmental responsibility have all increased.   According to the study, public knowledge of environmental issues and of ways to combat pollution has noticeably increased, and the public’s understanding of the causes of pollution has also become more objective. When asked about the causes of pollution, respondents stated that the increased pollution in autumn and winter is from “the increased use of heating mechanisms”, and stated “the increased pollution production is beyond the capacity of the environment”, “the lack of wind …read more