Keyword: Public Welfare

Milestone for public interest lawsuits as Chinese company fined for causing air pollution

On July 20, the Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Dezhou, Shandong Province, ordered the Jinghua Group Zhenhua Decoration Glass Limited Company to pay nearly 3.3 million dollars for its excessive emission of pollutants. More than a hundred tonnes of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and smoke dust were emitted, exceeding the maximum stipulated by regulations. The All-China Environmental Federation (ACEF), which brought up the lawsuit in March 2015, based the potential amount of damages on the offending company’s operating costs, with the hope that the case can provide a route to successful public interest litigation in the future. Ma Yong, the former deputy head of ACEF’s Environmental Legal Services …read more

China's first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

China’s first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

According to statistics, light pollution has deprived two thirds of world’s city dwellers of the chance to see the constellations and the Milky Way. Excessive artificial lighting also affects the physical and psychological health of human and animals alike, and disturbs ecosystems. In response to these emerging issues, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has given birth to a pilot project to build China’s first dark-sky preservations in Tibet. The plan is to build two Dark-sky parks in two locations within the Tibetan plateau, called Ngari and Nagqu, in order to preserve the view of the night sky and conduct astronomical research, as well as educate visitors …read more

China’s foundation number 5000 established in Beijing

According to the official website of the China Foundation Center, the founding of the Yibang Philanthropy Foundation in Beijing on the 8th of July 2016 marks the establishment of China’s 5000th foundation. Statistics issued by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs show that there were 1144 foundations in China by the end of 2006, meaning that the majority of these 5000 foundations have been established within the last decade. Looking at the foundations’ geographic distribution, Beijing now has 598 foundations, ranking second only to Guangdong Province within China. On the other hand Beijing ranks top for its foundations’ public transparency level with a score of 72.63, far higher than the national average of …read more

State council sets up work group on the government purchase of public services

It was announced by the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China on June 27th that the State Council has decided to set up a Work Group on Government Purchases of Public Services. Zhang Gaoli (the Vice-Premier of the State Council) will serve as the director of the Work Group, and Lou Jiwei (Minister of Finance) and Ding Xiangyang (Vice Secretary of the State Council) will serve as the associate directors. “Government purchase of public services” refers to government contracts with social groups and agencies that take part of the government’s role upon themselves and provide designated social services to the public under a market mechanism. …read more

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】The NGO Sector Cannot Forego Marketization

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】The NGO Sector Cannot Forego Marketization

Director of the Narada Foundation Xu Yongguang shares his views on the marketization of Chinese NGOs, claiming that this process will aid the efficiency and competitiveness of the sector and serve as an antidote to state control.

China Red Cross Foundation launches a special fund to help underprivileged patients

Statistics show that illness ranks as one of the top reasons for poverty in various regions of China. People with serious illnesses often try to raise money through the Internet. But according to the new Charity Law, only organizations that are qualified for public fund-raising can raise funds on designated Internet platforms. In view of the above, the China Red Cross Foundation (中国红十字基金会), a public fund-raising foundation, together with the Beijing Qingsongchou Network Technology (北京轻松筹网络科技公司), launched the Qingsongchou Micro Fund.  The Fund aims to create an online self-service assistance and fund-raising platform for underprivileged patients. The founders summarized the model of the Qingsongchou Micro Fund with three features:  “Digital Application”, which means …read more

The 2016 China Charity Ranking: An Analysis of Charitable Donations in 2015

The 2016 China Charity Ranking: An Analysis of Charitable Donations in 2015

The China Charity Ranking, released annually, provides a detailed analysis of philanthropic donations in China over the previous year. This article presents a readable and informative summary of the 2016 edition.

Range of free antiviral therapy for people with AIDS expanded by the Chinese government

Yesterday, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China announced that following the latest technical standards published by the WTO and the suggestions made by domestic experts, it has decided to adapt the standard of free antiviral therapy offered to people with AIDS and further expand the treatment’s coverage. The National Health and Family Planning Commission recommends that all AIDS-infected people and patients receive antiviral therapy. However, free antiviral therapy should be administered under the principle of voluntariness and the premise of pre-treatment consultation. The relevant medical organizations ought to try and eliminate the contraindications of antiviral therapy and not force people with AIDS to receive the therapy. They …read more

Public-fundraising foundations asked to set up spokespeople before the end of this year

The Ministry of Civil Affairs held a press conference on June the 13th, during which Deputy Director of the Administration of Civil Organizations An Ning introduced the newly published Notice on Setting up Press Spokespeople in National and Provincial-level Social Organizations by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The Deputy Director said that setting up a system of regular press spokespeople for social organizations will be of great help for them to carry out efficient work concerning public opinion, enhance administrative transparency and deliver positive energy to all sectors of society. The notice outlines a general plan by which the system will gradually be established. The plan is divided into three …read more

Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing

Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing

A sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy was held in Beijing by China Development Brief (CDB) and the Beijing Sanyi Foundation in the 3ESPACE venue on June the 12th. Dr. Liu Haying, a senior researcher from CDB, presided the session, which was attended by nearly 40 people from NGOs, international organizations, foundations, and universities. Members of CDB who took part in the visit to India and Nepal organized by the NGO in March shared their experiences and their research on the topic. Firstly, the consultant for the trip and secretary general of the Beijing Vantone Foundation, Chen Jian, broadly introduced the experiences of some of the CDB members who …read more

Interpreting the Main Regulations of the Overseas NGO Law

Interpreting the Main Regulations of the Overseas NGO Law

Chinese Law Professor Jin Jinping clarifies questions on the main regulations of the INGO law to facilitate the correct interpretation and implementation of the law.

“Village Early-Education Centers” to improve preschool education in rural areas

The “Village Early-Education Centers” Project, which has now been operational for eight years, aims to improve the educational environment in rural areas, and particularly the low kindergarten enrolment of poor children. The project is sponsored by the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF, 中国发展研究基金会). By March this year, 874 kindergartens had been set up and 969 volunteer teachers had been recruited in 8 provinces and 14 counties. There are more than 22 thousand children currently studying in these kindergartens, and many children from poor, left-behind and single parent families have benefitted directly. The project’s ultimate goal is to push the relevant authorities to take strong measures, including increasing educational inputs in …read more

Alibaba’s annual report for the 2016 fiscal year reveals extent of charitable activities

On May 25th, Alibaba released its annual report for the fiscal year of 2016 (which goes from the 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2016). The report specially explains Alibaba’s social responsibility model and fully uncovers the scope of its charitable activities for the first time. Alibaba has announced since 2010 that it will donate 3 out of every 1000 yuan of each year’s operating income to charity, in order to create a charitable atmosphere, develop charitable undertakings and promote a sustainable development which is helpful to the relationship between humans, society and nature. The company has continued to provide aid for natural disasters, support for the poor and …read more

Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index Released

Developed by the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and sponsored by the Amway Charity Foundation, the “Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index” (中国儿童政策进步指数) was released for the first time in Beijing on the 31st of May, just as International Children’s Day was approaching. The Index shows that the 10 provinces to have made the largest progress in terms of children’s policies in 2014 are Zhejiang, Beijing, Jiangsu, Hubei, Chongqing, Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong, Heilongjiang and Tianjin. The implementation and innovation of children’s policies in all 31 provinces, except for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, are evaluated systematically. The index aims to accelerate the development and protection of children’s rights. Policies …read more

2016 China Child Welfare Week begins

The 2016 China Child Welfare Week has been launched by the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University on the 30th of May 2015, just before International Children’s Day. With the support of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) and the United Nations’ International Children’s Emergency Fund, this year’s China Child Welfare Week is focused on the establishment of a children’s welfare service system. During the launching ceremony, the Deputy Director of the MCA’s Social Welfare and Philanthropy Promotion office, Xu Jian, and the division chief of the Working Committee of Women and Children at the State Council, He Lianhui, delivered speeches. They emphasised that Chinese governments have paid …read more

Five Considerations Regarding the Charity Law

Five Considerations Regarding the Charity Law

Legal expert Dong Zi Jin provides an in-depth look at the possible effects of the new charity law on the future of China’s NGOs.

Beijing Government Releases New Policies on Community Care for the Elderly

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau has released a document on the “Ten Policies on Support and Care for the Elderly at Home”. The document, released on the 18th of May, covers topics including support for the elderly, residency and medical care. During the media conference Hongbing Li, the spokesman for the Bureau, claimed that the Beijing government would build community service centers to provide daytime care, calling services, food delivery, health guidance, entertainment and counselling for free. By 2020, community service centers will cover all the communities in Beijing. Counting the current elderly care centers in residential districts, 96% of the elderly in Beijing will be taken care of near home. Li …read more

“Intelligent Micro School” Project launched to support education in rural areas

“Intelligent Micro School” Project launched to support education in rural areas

The “Intelligent Micro School” Project (智能微校), sponsored by the China Youth Development Foundation (中国青少年发展基金会) and Baidu, was officially launched in Beijing this Tuesday. The project uses the platform provided by the internet to help construct new schoolhouses in rural areas. On the same day, the “Intelligent Micro School” ( website was also launched. Through this website, people can “upvote” the schoolhouse design they like and donate money to support it. Baidu will then match the donation with an equivalent sum. That is to say that if someone donates 5 yuan, the Baidu foundation will donate 5 yuan as well. All the donations will add to the special fund for Project Hope, …read more