Golden Bridges: China NPO Weibo Digest (July)

Golden Bridges Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit founded by Holly Chang, publishes the “China NPO Weibo Digest” each month. Weibo is a Chinese micro-blog and Holly’s team sifts through thousands of reports to curate and translate 50 or so reports to English. After reading through their July issue, I have included below the reports that I thought would be interesting to our readers.

@Red Cross Society of China (RCSC): on July 7, RCSC pledges to achieve “Double openness and Double transparency” to society by opening up information on publicly donated funds and materials, and making their financial management more transparent, including their procedures for procurement, distribution and usage.

@ NGOCNGuangzhou NGO incubator is like a “Nanny” for NGOs – after more than two years in operation, the incubator has taken in nineteen NGOs, including two grassroots NGOs that obtained legal “IDs” and were put under the host of the Guangzhou Municipality Bureau of Civil Affairs, along with other grassroots NGOs that managed successful registration within a few months after incubation.

@China Foundation Center: Professor Kang Xiaoguang (Head of NPO Research Institute at Renmin University)presented a 2011 Report on China Foundation Development at the Joint Conference for the China Foundation’s Thirtieth Anniversary and Foundation Center’s One-Year Anniversary. Based on information provided by the China Foundation Center, the report gives a systematic description and analysis of the state of China’s foundations around a range of key indicators.

@Charity On The Go: [Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA): Foreign Donations should receive reduction or exemption of import taxes in accordance with laws]. MOCA releases a draft called the 5-Year Outline for Charitable Enterprise Development for comment. The Outline stipulates that foreign donations for philanthropic purposes should receive reduction or exemption of import taxes or import VATs in accordance with laws.

@Fair Zhaoqing: According to the Draft of the 5-Year (2011-2015Charitable Development Plan released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, in the next five years China will establish and perfect a supervision system with the annual examination of charitable work. It will be focused on strengthening disclosure of financial statements and other information, as well as supervising major activities of charity organizations, in order to ensure the openness and transparency principles of philanthropy. Civil affairs departments shall also encourage charitable organizations to utilize the internet for timely disclosure of donation information.

@Public Offering Fund: [*One Foundation Releases First Three-year Strategic Plan] The plan includes the goal of building a professional and transparent public service platform with a focus on disaster relief, child care, and charity talent training. Shenzhen has not continued the practice of allowing NGOs to establish public fundraising foundations.(Translator’s note: One Foundation is China’s first public fundraising foundation founded by private foundations, including Shanghai One Foundation, Lao Niu Foundation, Tencent Foundation, Vantone Foundation and Vanke Foundation.)

@CSRAsia China: [Effective Philanthropy Sharing and Exchange Meeting] Under the support of the Ford Foundation and the Anna Chennault Foundation, jointly-hosted by Mercy Corps China and the China Foundation Center, the second 2011 China Private Philanthropy Leadership Delegation visited the U.S. in April. Sponsors of the visit hope that the success of the visit will be shared widely with the industry, and a sharing session will be held in Guangzhou on July 28.

@Philanthropy Forum: Chinese NGOs Number at 3 million yet Lack Vitality This can be attributed to four reasons: the amount of funding available is very limited; finding and retaining the right people is extremely difficult; low social recognition and respect for NGOs; no sufficient intellectual resources to support NGOs to scale up and improve their project development and operational capacity.

@Center for Civil Society Studies, Peking University[Polarization of Charitable Organizations] at one end are large foundations, at the other the grassroots organizations, and there is a gap in the middle. 95% of grassroots organizations rely on foreign project funds, however, foreign capital began to pull out since 2004.

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