Keyword: Social Organization

31 fake social organizations closed down in Beijing

31 fake social organizations closed down in Beijing

According to a report by the 北京社会建设和民政 WeChat account, run by Beijing’s Civil Affairs Bureau, a total of 31 fake social organizations had been disbanded in Beijing from the start of the year until the end of May 2020. The report includes a list of the 31 organizations that were closed down. “Social organizations” is a broad administrative category which includes charitable groups as well as various other kinds of nonprofits and associations. According to the report, the fake social organizations often use names that start with words like “China” and “international”, or they appropriate the names of Chinese government organs or of government initiatives like the “Belt and Road” or …read more

Shanghai launches initiative to encourage social organizations to recruit graduates

Shanghai launches initiative to encourage social organizations to recruit graduates

Shanghai’s Civil Affairs department has released a notice encouraging social organizations to employ college graduates, and laying out various supporting policies for college graduates who want to enter the charity sector. The notice states that when social organizations, private non-enterprise units, foundations and other social organizations in the city recruit college graduates with a Shanghai hukou who are being employed for the first time and are within two years of graduation, they can apply for the social insurance subsidy if they sign a labor contract for more than a year. Shanghai will also recruit around thirty assistants to the directors of the Social Organization Service Centers of towns and subdistricts among college students …read more

Report released on the supportive policies for social organizations facing Covid-19

Report released on the supportive policies for social organizations facing Covid-19

The Guangzhou Social Organization Research Institute has published a report on how the government has been helping social organizations during the pandemic. The main points are as follows: 1. Preferential financial policies a) Halving or exempting social organizations from the “three social insurances” (basic pension insurance, unemployment insurance, work injury insurance): this was done for all social organizations outside of Hubei Province between February and April 2020, while within Hubei Province social organizations are exempt until June 2020. b) Reducing the organization’s portion of the payment of the basic medical insurance for employees. c) Reducing or exempting VAT for small-scale taxpayers. Taxpayers in Hubei Province with annual VAT sales of 5 million …read more

Ai Luming sets up a 5 billion Yuan fund to support SMEs in Hubei

Ai Luming sets up a 5 billion Yuan fund to support SMEs in Hubei

Ai Luming, the founder and chairman of the Wuhan Contemporary Group and the chairman of the SEE Foundation (阿拉善公益基金会), has announced the establishment of a 5 billion Yuan fund dedicated to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in Hubei province. Mr. Ai presented his project during the “2020 Phoenix Network Finance Cloud Summit” on May 11. The summit, organized by IFeng Finance, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Advanced Finance Institute, and Peking University’s National Development Institute, was themed “Global Economy and Policy Choice”. Mr. Ai explained that during the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals, businesses and society all need to think about the future and how to develop better. For this reason he has established the fund with his partner companies …read more

Chengdu releases measures to support social organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Chengdu releases measures to support social organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Last week, the Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs for Chengdu issued an official notice (通知) entitled “eight measures to promote the normal operations of social organizations in order to respond to the epidemic effectively” (有效应对疫情促进社会组织正常运转8条措施). The notice is divided into three areas: support, projects and management. A summary of the eight measures is provided below: a) Providing care and condolences. For those infected and treated after participating in the epidemic control work, a one-time “care and sympathy” payment will be issued. The related funds will be paid into a special fund for the development of social organizations in Chengdu. b) Offering preferential policies. Social organizations participating in the epidemic work will be given priority …read more

MCA releases notice requesting social organizations to take an active role in epidemic control

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has recently issued a “Notice on Further Active Social Organizations in Coordinated Promotion of Epidemic Prevention and Control and Economic and Social Development”. The notice requires that the ministry-managed social organizations must resolutely implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on coordinating and advancing the prevention and control of the novel pneumonia epidemic and economic and social development. The notice emphasizes that the ministries and social organizations must “resolutely grasp the epidemic prevention and control work, keep a clear head, continue to take epidemic prevention and control as the top priority and the most important task at present, and strictly implement the epidemic …read more

Report released on the response of Beijing’s social organizations to the coronavirus

The Beijing Social Organization Development Service Center, in conjunction with the Beijing Social Organization Incubation Center and the Social Organization Innovation Acceleration Project, has conducted an investigation on the city’s social organizations during the coronavirus epidemic, looking at their basic situation, action measures, the impact they have suffered and the support they require. The results and analysis have now been published under the title “Social Organizations in Action Under the Epidemic – An Investigative Report on the Situation of Beijing Social Organizations in Response to the Epidemic”. The investigation’s main findings are as follows: a) the epidemic delayed the return to work of social organizations, during which time most of them …read more

New central committee document emphasizes role of social organizations as service providers

The Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee has reviewed and approved the “Decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Adhering to and Improving the Socialist System with Chinese Characteristics and Advancing the National Governance System and the Modernization of Governance Capabilities” (hereinafter referred to as the “Decision”). An article by the Charity Times, China’s most respected publication on the philanthropy and non-profit sectors, notes that the document contains a few specifications that are of interest to charities and social organizations. Some of the requirements of the “Decision” relevant to the charity sector are as follows: “China will adhere to and improve the urban …read more

Ten social organisations in Yunnan fail to pass their annual inspection

In another sign that the new regulations for the management of social organisations are being strictly applied, the Civil Affairs Bureau of Yunnan province has reported that ten social organisations have been found to be unqualified during their annual inspections for 2018. The Civil Affairs Bureau’s notice claims that out of the 1298 social organisations in Yunnan that were supposed to submit to the annual inspection, 1097 organisations actually did so. 978 organisations were found to be qualified (合格), 89 were found to be “basically qualified” (基本合格), and 10 were found to be unqualified (不合格). The ten unqualified social organisations include foundations purporting to be working in the areas of education, …read more

Crackdown on illegal social organizations reported

Crackdown on illegal social organizations reported

Reports from last week suggest that a crackdown on social organizations that are considered to be illegal or to be conducting activities in violation of the law is currently taking place in China. According to reports in the Chinese media, over 5000 social organizations were recently blacklisted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), with the names of 361 suspected illegal social organizations officially announced by the MCA, 3040 organizations added to a directory of organizations with “abnormal activities”, and another 2285 organizations added to a list of organizations that have “seriously violated the law and broken trust”. Furthermore, 14 illegal social organizations had their websites and social media accounts …read more

Translated: how has the Charity Law affected the supervision of social organizations?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of parts of an article published by 公益资本论, a Chinese-language WeChat account that produces analysis on social organizations and the charity sector. The article questions the commonly held notion that government supervision of China’s social organizations has become stricter since the Charity Law came into effect in 2016.   “The current strictness of the supervision of social organizations has not been seen for nearly two decades”. This is a thesis that has been much discussed in the field of social organizations since July. Currently, the supervision of social organizations mainly involves three levels. One is the organizations’ initial registration, the second is the regulation of …read more

62 social organizations in Yunnan have their registrations cancelled

August 7
Provincial Civil Affairs Department issued an announcement: 20 social organizations in Yunnan were deregistered
In addition, another 42 social organizations delivered the “Administrative Punishment Advance Notice”

How Many NGOs Are There Really in China?

How Many NGOs Are There Really in China?

Observers often speak of hundreds of thousands or even millions of NGOs scattered across the country. But what basis do these estimates have?

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

The Civil Affairs Department of Shandong Province has released a policy document aiming to improve the administrative environment for social organizations (as charities are known in China) in the province. The document addresses some of the difficulties that local social organizations face when trying to register with the civil affairs departments. According to the official report, the “Ten Opinions on Improving the Registration Management Services for Social Organizations” (关于优化社会组织登记管理服务的十条建议), released on the 5th of June, aims to “introduce a series of practical and effective means of relaxation, management and service (放管服) in ten fields, including promoting party construction, carrying out direct registration, relaxing the registration requirements for chambers of commerce, …read more

Representatives of Chinese foundations take exchange trip to Europe

On June 10, a group of high representatives of Chinese foundations began an official ten-day visit of Germany and Belgium. The exchange group, which received the support of Germany’s Mercator Foundation, was made up of nine high representatives from the Shanghai Zijiang Foundation, the Shenzhen One Foundation, the Beijing Yongyou Foundation, the Shanghai United Foundation, the Beijing Longway Foundation, the SEE Foundation, the Shenzhen Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology Foundation, the Shanghai Yicai Foundation, and the China Foundation Forum, as well as professor Liu Peifeng from the law school of Beijing Normal University. During the visit, the group held discussions with local foundations and organizations, including the Robert Bosch Foundation, …read more

How Rural Education Can Be Turned Around - the Case of Dasendian

How Rural Education Can Be Turned Around – the Case of Dasendian

The story of how a small village school in Hebei escaped the fate of being shut down and turned into an example of innovation in rural education, thanks to the efforts of the principal and the support of civil society.

Chinese civil society helps to provide relief in the aftermath of the Yibin earthquake

At 22:55 on June 17, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Changning County near Yibin, a city in Sichuan province, China. By June 18 the earthquake had killed 13 people, with about 200 injured. According to the information from the news office of the People’s Government of Yibin, after the earthquake happened the Finance Department quickly launched a financial emergency plan and opened a “green channel” to allocate funds. At 11:30 on June 18, the first emergency relief fund of 10 million yuan was allocated to the disaster-affected areas for emergency rescue and relief. At the same time, many civil society organizations also actively participated in the disaster relief operations. Once …read more

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin “functionally extinct”, provoking debate

The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), one of China’s most important environmental organizations, has recently kicked up a storm by announcing the “functional extinction” of the Chinese pangolin. At the recent forum of the C-SDG Global Sustainable Development Youth Leadership Program, held in Beijing on June 8, a young woman from the CBCGDF who works in pangolin conservation made the eye-catching claim. In her talk, the young woman said that the Chinese pangolin (one of eight species of pangolin worldwide) was once widespread in southern China, but its population in the wild has declined dramatically since the 1980s. Following field research and visits to traditional distribution areas, the …read more