Keyword: Public Welfare

Ministry of Civil Affairs’ five measures to support the rural elderly

On January 25th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Community Service System Building Plan (2011-2015)”and the “Social Pension System Building Plan (2011-2015)”during its regular news conference, demonstrating how it was implemented during China’s 12th Five Year Plan and the prospects for the 13th Five Year Plan. According to Zhen Bingliang, vice director of the Social Benefits Center at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, rural elder care is a challenging issue. There are a large number of left-behind elderly, people of a very advanced age and senior citizens with empty nests who are currently leading extremely difficult lives. The solutions that the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been exploring since the 12th …read more

The Supreme People’s Court validates environment lawsuit

In a landmark ruling, China’s Supreme People’s Court has confirmed a sentence fining a company for polluting water resources in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. From 2011 to 2013, six companies that make chemical products in the Taixing economical development zone, including the Changlong and Jinhui Companies, poured more than 20 thousand tons of acid waste into the Rutai Canal and the Guma River in Taizhou through illegal companies operating without hazardous waste disposal qualifications, causing serious pollution to the local water resources. This incident was exposed by the media in 2012, and the 14 people involved were given sentences ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison in 2014. Later on, the …read more

A lawsuit on air pollution put on record in Shandong

Friends of Nature (FON) filed a lawsuit for air pollution against the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited on the 19th of January. The lawsuit was put on record in the Intermediate People’s Court of Dongying city, Shandong Province, following the Civil Procedure Law, the new Environmental Protection Law and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution which only came into effect this year. FON learned from public reports that the emissions of air pollutants by the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited continually exceeded the standards, and its air pollution improvement facilities were continually used in an abnormal way. Furthermore, the Corporation’s online monitoring equipment was not reliable and would …read more

Summary of the CDB Report on Frontline Project Officers in Private Foundations

Guo Ting delivered a report on CDB’s six-month project- Frontline Voices, revealing five core findings on project officers’ basic profile, their participation in foundations’ decision making process, their views towards grant-making and operation, their career development and training expectations, and their compensation satisfaction and future plans.

Ministry of Civil Affairs reinforces management of special funds

On December 31th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released a document entitled “Notice on the Further Reinforcement of the Management of Foundations’ Special Funds”. The Notice questions some foundations’ over-enthusiastic drive to expand the number and scope of their special funds, and a lack of supervision and management of their operations. Many problems have thus emerged: some special funds operate as independent organizations; some neglect transparency; some deviate from their purposes; some disregard the needs of donors and beneficiaries; and some even seek profit for individuals and corporations. The Notice requires foundations to conduct a strict supervision over their special funds to ensure compliance with their organizational aims and purposes, …read more

New SOE categories: profitable firms and social enterprises

The State Council, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission jointly released the Guiding Opinions on the Definition and Classification of the Functions of State Owned Enterprises (SOE)( 《关于国有企业功能界定与分类的指导意见》) on December 29. This document divides SOEs into two categories, profitable firms and firms dedicated to public welfare, according to what type of business they conduct. Different policies on reform, development, supervision and evaluation are set out for the two categories. The aim of profitable firms is defined as enlarging the function of state-owned capital, maintaining the value of state-owned assets and realizing their appreciation. They are encouraged to make use of market mechanisms, operate independently in accordance with …read more

New Domestic Violence Law draft sent to the NPC

On December 21, a second draft of the Domestic Violence Law was sent to the National People’s Congress (NPC), bringing the law one step closer to being passed. The first version was sent to the NPC in August this year, and was made available for public comments. In response to feedback from both experts and the public, the new draft features two significant improvements over its predecessor regarding the scope of the law’s coverage and its protection orders. The definition of domestic violence in the new draft is extended to psychological harm between family members, while the previous draft only covered physical infractions. The new draft also includes violence between unmarried cohabiting couples, rather than merely …read more

Public opinion solicited for social organization withdrawal mechanism

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has drafted the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Opinions on Improving the Withdrawal Mechanism of Social Organization (The Draft to Solicit Public Opinion) (《民政部关于健全社会组织退出机制的意见(征求意见稿)》), in order to strengthen the supervision and management of social organizations, increase the level of cleanliness of social organizations, clarify the different ways, basis and procedures according to which social organizations’ registration can be withdrawn, and regulate the organs which register and manage social organizations to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law. Public feedback to the draft was sollicited from December the 2nd to the 10th. The draft clearly defines two methods for the withdrawing of social organizations. The first …read more

Returning from Abroad to Work in China’s NGO Sector

Returning from Abroad to Work in China’s NGO Sector

After gaining her degree in Sweden, a Chinese girl followed her passion for the NGO sector and joined a private foundation in China. She tells us about the doubts and expectations she went through while the foundation shifted from operating projects itself to providing grants.

List of candidates to receive the title of National Outstanding Social Organizations released

On December 1st, the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs publically released the list of candidates for the title of National Outstanding Social Organizations. This title is the highest honor which the Chinese goverment can bestow upon a social organization. The 298 social organizations, private non-enterprise units, and foundations on the list will be awarded the title if no objections are raised during the 7-day public display period starting from December 1st. According to the Bureau, this title is to confirm the positive contributions of social organizations to the “Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy” (“四个全面”战略布局), further stimulate the activities of social organizations, and guide their healthy and orderly development. For the …read more

The Educational NGOs Alliance makes its debut in Chengdu

The Educational NGOs Alliance makes its debut in Chengdu

The fourth annual conference of Chinese educational NGOs has just been held in Chengdu. Representatives from educational NGOs and educational practitioners held discussions about topics such as the dialogue between globalization and the current situation of local education, how educational NGOs help the development of rural teachers, the dilemmas and status of rural teachers, and the career development of rural teachers. Photo of the Educational NGOs Alliance at the conference The Educational NGOs Alliance made its debut during the conference. The Alliance is composed of nine organizations including CFPA, the 21st Century Education Research Institute, Beijing TAL foundation(北京好未来公益基金会), Beijing XDF foundation (北京新东方公益基金会), Western sunshine foundation (西部阳光农村发展基金会), Green & Shine Foundation …read more

Green NGOs win first lawsuit since the new environmental law took effect

The Nanping Intermediate People’s Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on October 29 in the first ever environmental litigation since China’s revised Environmental Protection Law took effect on January 1st, 2015. The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Nature and Green Home of Fujian (福建绿家园) earlier this year, was against four men for environmental damages in Nanping, Fujian Province. The defendants,charged with damaging forestry land, were ordered to pay 1.27 million yuan to restore the land within a limited time. They will face another fine of 1.1 million yuan if they fail to carry out the restoration work in time, according to the sentence. This case has played an exemplary role in getting compensation …read more

NGO Projects Don't Have to be Flashy

NGO Projects Don’t Have to be Flashy

A project officer in the Dunhe Foundation looks back at his three years working for this Foundation. He describes how the organization has grown since he first joined, but he also bemoans some of the problems he has encountered, which are due to both the immaturity of the sector and the inadequacy of many of the NGOs which receive the Foundation’s grants.

The Ninth International Charity Forum held in Beijing

On November 11th the ninth International Charity Forum was inaugurated in Beijing, with the theme of how charity legislation and public welfare influence one another. The forum, which is cohosted by organizations such as SOS children’s village, lasts for two days. Over 300 experts and scholars working in the public welfare sector in China and abroad will come together to discuss the forum’s theme. Topics such as the mutual interaction of charity legislation and public welfare, international charity strategies, volunteer spirit, the self-discipline of the charity industry, corporate social responsibility and the ageing of the population will be discussed through keynote speeches and the exchange of experiences. The forum aims …read more

Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner held in Nanjing

Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner held in Nanjing

On November 7th 2015, the Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala dinner was held in Nanjing. Qiu Zhonghui, current vice president and general secretary of the Foundation, pointed out at the ceremony that philanthropy should go beyond national boundaries, languages and races, and mutual respect and equality should be the consensus for charities of all kinds. Photo taken at the 30th anniversary ceremony The Amity Foundation, founded in 1985, has developed from a three-people team to one with more than one thousand staff over the past 30 years. In 2004, the Foundation started to establish its own fundraising team, and the team has raised up to 2 billions yuan till the end …read more

Beijing Philanthropy Fair 2015 inaugurated this month

Beijing Philanthropy Fair 2015 inaugurated this month

On the afternoon of November 1st  2015, the first Beijing Philanthropy Fair hosted by the Social Work Committee of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and the Beijing Social Construction Office was inaugurated successfully at the Beijing Aoyao Exhibition Center. The fair will last for three days. Almost 200 NGOs, foundations, enterprises and organizations that support social welfare over the long term will appear at the fair, and announce the latest philanthropy-related projects and set forth plans for resource launching. On the day of the inauguration, representatives from NGOs, the government sector, enterprises and foundation partners all took the stage. The exhibition included a roadshow of public projects, resource publishing, product presentations and live experiences. A member of staff …read more

Hepingtai Project empowers NGO sector in lower tier cities

The Zhenro Foundation, alongside the Dunhe and Narada Foundations, will launch a new funding project called Hepingtai(和平台)in 2016, in order to promote the growth of start-up NGOs in second and third tier Chinese cities. As an open platform, Hepingtai welcomes more foundations and corporations to join in this effort to strengthen the Chinese NGO ecological chain and empower grassroot NGOs. It will cooperate with regional NGO platforms, providing them with funding (less than 100,000 RMB) and crucial training to support start-up NGOs in their regions. The criteria for its platform partners are to have at least one full-time employee, previous experience in NGO support, and a business scale of over 200,000 RMB. Candidates are currently …read more

The Unusual Situation of the Chinese NGO Sector as seen from a Newcomer’s Perspective

The Unusual Situation of the Chinese NGO Sector as seen from a Newcomer’s Perspective

This article discusses some of the flaws and limitations of China’s NGO sector. According to the author, many of those who work in China’s NGOs are unable to clearly define themselves and what they do, they view fundraising as akin to a business activity, and their morality falls well below internationally accepted standards and norms.