China Nonprofit Weibo Digest, October 2011
(Curated & Translated by Golden Bridges: Yang Mingzhe, Faye Pu, Emily Jiang, He Yuan, Lilly Kam, & George Ding)
OCTOBER’S TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Unlawful money-making by nonprofits such as in Lu Meimei case has attracted attention of senior government officials. Tough regulations are expected. 10/1/2011
- Kashgar Canyou (Disabled Fellows) of Canyou social enterprise group forms unique partnership with Chinese army in Kashgar, receives sports equipment and clothes 10/09/2011
- Xu Yongguang leads group of 13 on field trip to Yellow River valley in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region as part of government-established program to promote private “social innovation” to solve social problems in Ningxia. 10/11/2011
- GE Healthcare China organizes 100 people in pink to perform public flash mob led by famous singer Ai Dai, dancing for unsuspecting shoppers in Sanlitun SOHO in Beijing to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention. 10/11/2011
- Even after government sponsorship requirements removed, NGOs like “Lighthouse Program” seeking registration still rejected by civil affairs department for other reasons, like having “improper name.” 10/12/2011
- Guangdong Province reported by Southern Metropolis to be leading the way in reforming management of social organizations, lowering threshold for NGO registration and promoting autonomy and marketization of NGOs 10/14/2011
- Guo Meimei scandal has an damaging impact to foundations in Beijing. Donations to Beijing foundations by over 10 percent since the incident, according to MOCA official. 10/14/2011
- Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) held leadership elections on 10/21/2011, marking its seventh year as a nonprofit in China adhering to strict democratic governance standards. 10/21/2011
- Guangdong Province passes new fundraising regulations, allowing private charities and individuals to carry out fundraising activities. 10/28/2011
- New Charity Law has been included in 2011 legislative plan of China State Council, but practitioners lament it has “already been promised many times but never delivered”. 10/31/2011
October 1, 2011
@China Foundation Center: “Government-public relations” of the post-Guo Meimei era: The China Foundation Center has recently made a breakthrough achievement in the form of an agreement reached between it and the Yunnan Provincial Administration of Non-Governmental Organizations. According to the agreement, 43 foundations within the province will submit information on the status of their financing, public service programs and board meetings to the Yunnan Provincial Administration of NGOs on a quarterly basis. The information will be published on the China Foundation Center website, the Yunnan Ministry of Civil Affairs website and the foundations’ own websites. http://t.cn/aD6Bj1
@Yahoo Charity China: [Unlawful Money-making by Organizations Such As Lu Meimei Attracted Attention of Senior Government Officials; Tough Regulation Expected] According to officials at the NGO Administration of Ministry of Civil Affairs, Chinese NGOs in general operate in compliance with state laws and regulations, but there are some social organizations which engage in improper practices to obtain illegal financial gains in their daily operation. http://t.cn/aDtg0p
October 8, 2011
@China Foundation Center: the 1st Annual Yunnan “Public Service 100″ Music Festival and 2011 “Blue Footprint” tour of Yunnan University was held in Kunming. The performance was staged at the main square of Yunnan University, Chenggong campus at 4pm on Sep. 28. A number of local bands, including Southern City, Cynicism, Si Gang Li, Yellow Barcode, Mo Feng and Shen Ma, participated in this event for public welfare. http://t.cn/akueok
@Yahoo Charity China: [Six Young Men Advocate Environmental Protection by Picking up Garbage with Their Mouths and Kneeling before Sanitation Worker] The scene occurred on the morning of Oct. 6 outside Guangzhou Tianhe Book Center. The six young men, originally from Hengyang city and Yueyang city of Hunan province, embarked on a journey to the south from Hunan’s capital city Changsha on Oct.1 with only 10 RMB in their pockets, and had performed the same acts in other cities along the way. http://t.cn/akE4w1
October 9, 2011
@Liu Yong* in Kashgar: #Kashgar Canyou Reports# “Double Support** Joint Construction and Disabled Support Charity Day” was held at Kashgar Canyou Company on Oct. 8, in recognition of the establishment of double support & joint construction partnership between Kashgar Canyou and troops stationed in Kashgar. Representatives from Shenzhen Sign Industry Association donated sports equipment and clothes on the spot. http://t.cn/aFvdjF
*Liu Yong is the vice chairman of Shenzhen Canyou.
**Double support (双拥): Shorthand for the administrative effort to enhance ties between the army and civilian communities. In essence, the expression means local governments and common people should support the army and give preferential treatment to the families of service people, particularly those killed on the job, while soldiers should support the government and love the people. In connection with this effort, schools are offering training programs to soldiers, while common people provide technological consultations, donate books and offer the use of facilities to the army. In return, the army helps deal with natural disasters, major construction projects and other difficulties.
October 10, 2011
@China Foundation Center: In his speech at the Wenzhou Forum, CFC Chairman Xu Yongguang expressed: voluntariness and happiness are the basic principles for participation in charity; charity is the function of civil society and a civil right; charity should not depend on a few wealthy individuals, but should learn from overseas practices, foster grassroots charities, cultivate the virtue of charity among the public, and realize the ultimate goal of participation in charity by the whole society. http://t.cn/aFUImB
October 11, 2011
@China Foundation Center: “Oceanwide Sunflower Project,” a school feeding program jointly implemented by western China Human Resources Development Foundation and the China Oceanwide Holdings Group, was launched in Dazu county of Chongqing municipality on Sep. 16, 2011. The program is designed to provide better, more nutritious lunch to 2,000 children left at home by migrant workers. http://t.cn/aFiAiK
@China Foundation Center: On Sep. 24, CFC Chairman Xu Yongguang led a group of 13 people on a field trip to the Yellow River valley in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The Yellow River Valley is a major strategic charity program established in February this year by the CPC committee and government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which aims to use “social innovation” to solve major social development problems in the Ningxia region, including care for the disabled and elderly, ecological migration, poverty, etc. http://t.cn/aF6Ouz
@China Foundation Center: the Swiss LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation’s general manager Mr. Wolfgang Hafenmayer and China investment manager Ms. Cecilia Zhang visited CFC on Oct. 10, 2011, confirmed donations to the Center, and had an in-depth and lively exchange with CFC president Mr. Cheng Gang and vice president Mr. Tao Ze concerning the expertise and international network support required for the future development of CFC. http://t.cn/aFou2g
@Yahoo Charity China: At noon on Oct. 11, about 100 stylish people in pink costumes showed up in Sanlitun SOHO in Beijing out of nowhere and put on a fast-paced dance show.
Singer Ai Dai also arrived without prior notice and led the dance, attracting cheers from the crowd. In fact, this “pink flash dance show” was a well-planned part of a large pink October breast cancer prevention public benefit event organized by GE Healthcare China. http://t.cn/aFjlZz
@Yahoo Charity China: [More Than 100 Students in Shandong Province Denied Access to Classes for not Making Donation; Education Committee Denies Forced Fundraising] Mr. Liu from Shandong Yancheng county says that his son, currently studying at a local school, was expelled from class by the school principal along with more than 100 other students. The school told the children that their parents didn’t pay the money for funding school construction. http://t.cn/aFjlZz
October 12, 2011
@Yahoo Charity China: [Beijing to Mull over Quality Migrant Admission System] An “outstanding migrant worker representative symposium” was held yesterday in Beijing. Municipal party secretary Liu Qi emphasized at the meeting that the city will work hard to create a good work environment for migrant workers in the city. Mayor Guo Jinlong said in his speech that the city will explore a system that will grant outstanding migrants permanent residence status. http://t.cn/aFYLa7
@Yahoo Charity China: [Chen Guangbiao Plans to Treat 5,000 Impoverished Households in 5 Provinces a Lunar New Year Family Dinner] “What a hard life you are living! Only one dish for a meal and what’s more, it tastes all spicy with no oil and no salt,” exclaimed the so-called Chinese top philanthropist Chen during his nightly visit to a village in the autonomous Ziyun county, Guizhou province. A charity plan took shape in his mind: treat poor families in mountainous areas a big Lunar New Year family dinner. http://t.cn/aFjngb
@Philanthropy Forum: study-aid NGO “Lighthouse Program” couldn’t successfully register for a decade. http://t.cn/aFlRDv Even after the obstacle of “government unit partnership” was removed, NGOs seeking registration are being turned down by the civil affairs department for other reasons, like having an “improper name.” That some NGO staff cannot speak Cantonese can also be a reason for denial. “Lighthouse Program” was rejected on the grounds that the word “lighthouse” is too symbolic and has connotations.
October 13, 2011
@China Newsweek: [Guo Meimei won Golden Raven Award] The annual Golden Raven Awards have been announced. Yu Zheng beat Xie Tingfeng for the Raven Male Entertainer award, Guo Meimei received the Raven Female Entertainer award, and Pea-Brained Cult won the Raven Group award. Golden Raven Award was established 8 years ago by the Tianya online community. Its “Most Disgusting Entertainer” award, voted by web users, is comparable to the Golden Raspberry Award in the U.S. (Yangtze Evening News) http://t.cn/aFrDcT
@Xiao Gang Jie love*: Tonight, the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) invited Princeton University Professor Liu Yazhang to give a lecture on climate change. A leading expert on climate change, Professor Liu uses a lot of statistical data to show that global warming is taking place. If the world temperature continues to rise 2 degrees (Celsius), billions of people worldwide will face the dire prospect of hunger and famine. We should be aware of the consequences of our activities and take care of mother earth.
*Xiao Gang Jie is weibo alias of Alice Lau, the current Secretary-General of the SEE Foundation. She is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Guangdong Harmony Foundation, and former Secretary-General of the Institute for Civil Society at Sun Yat-Sen University
October 14, 2011
@Xiao Gang Jie love: Southern Metropolis reports that Guangdong province has led the way in reforming social organization management. Its “Opinions on Strengthening Social Organization Management” is aimed at lowering the threshold for NGO registration by changing the requirement of finding a supervisory government unit to finding a guiding government unit instead; accelerating the process of separating private endeavors from government control; and promoting the grassroots nature, autonomy and marketization of NGOs.
@Yahoo Charity China: [The Guo Meimei scandal has decreased the amount of donations to Beijing foundations by over ten percent] Ren Shuju, director of the Foundation Management Department of Beijing Social Organization Administration, admits that the Guo Meimei controversy has had a negative effect on the amount of donations received by Beijing foundations, and predicts that this year’s donation amount will fall by over ten percent over same time last year, based on preliminary statistics. http://t.cn/as2wcb
@Huang Haoming CANGO: Wang Ming, professor and director of the NGO Institute of School of Public Policy and Management, Qinghua University pointed out in Hefei city that the phenomenon of a domineering commander in social management and innovation is a Chinese characteristic, as well as the driving force of social credibility. To achieve the goal of social management and innovation which is civil society, four prerequisites must be fulfilled, namely: rule of law, democracy, limited government and market economy. Three systems must be built: association ecosystem, good society and public domain.
*Huang Haoming is the vice president and secretary general of China Association of NGO Cooperation.
@NGOCN: #Charity sector pay-raise advocate# We don’t intend to sound melodramatic, nor do we support the sensational expression “sweat charity.” However, if we don’t take any action now, sweat charity will become a reality for us. Therefore, I propose that all charity staff go on a one-day strike on the first Monday of November! http://t.cn/aFMIsu
@China Philanthropy Times: #Fingertip Charity# The launch ceremony of “Green Citizen Action – Text Message 10699969 with Alxa” launch ceremony was held in Beijing on Oct. 9. On Oct.10-11, an expedition consisting of dozens of journalists and volunteers went to Bayanhot, Inner Mongolia, where the program is to be implemented, to investigate the program. http://t.cn/adkMEG
October 15, 2011
@Charity On-the-Go: [“Hiking for eggs” breaks a new path for private charity] Shanghai United Foundation (SUF) and MSN China will jointly launch a public service activity called “Hiking for an Egg” on Oct. 22. Participants need to walk 50 kilometers in 12 hours and persuade friends to donate for their hiking efforts. All donations will be used for SUF’s “One Egg” charity program, which aims to provide one egg per day for every child in impoverished areas to supplement their nutritional needs. http://t.cn/as6I6k
@Huang Haoming* CANGO: The reform and development of charities depends on both changes in the external environment and reform within the charities themselves. First consider external change, which mainly includes improvement of laws and regulations, reform of the double-management system and the implementation of a policy allowing government to purchase services. Next consider building capacity internally, which mainly includes reconsidering the organization’s mission, establishing strategic goals, professionalizing finance and management, and improving the organization’s governing structure.
*Huang Haoming is the vice president and secretary general of China Association of NGO Cooperation.
October 17, 2011
@NGOCN: “Charity, citizens in action.” The “Responsibility of China” 2011 charity contest, co-organized by the Southern Metropolis Daily, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Guangzhou Radio and Television Station and others, is underway. We sincerely invite you and your organization to enter the contest, or recommend other organizations / individuals to compete for the awards including the “Charity Figure,” “Charity Action,” “Charitable Organization” and “Charitable Idea” of 2011. http://t.cn/asEPdP
@China Philanthropy Times: [A mobile classroom made from recycled shipping containers pops up in Beijing] What’s holding the dream of migrant children are a dozen shipping containers painted in various colors. When planning the Heiqiao Community Center, He Le proposed the unusual solution of shipping containers for classrooms, so that “in the event that we need to move because of urban development, we can just pick up these containers and move with the families.”
October 18, 2011
@Yahoo Charity China: [China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) says bad publicity including the Guo Meimei Controversy causes it to fall short of its fundraising plan] During an introduction of the major programs of the CFPA, CFPA Deputy Secretary General Liu Wenkui first mentioned the impact of the series of charity scandals, including the Guo Meimei controversy. CFPA is functioning properly; nevertheless it’s been obviously affected. It planned to raise 300 million yuan in 2011, but so far it has only managed to raise 150 million yuan. http://t.cn/asFAEi
@Phoenix Charity: [Higher education institutions’ rule – that smoking students are not to be considered as poor students – meets criticism] Most provisions are understandable. However, the provision that smoking students are not to be considered as poor students caused widespread controversy, with opposing voices gaining the upper hand. Critics say whether smoking is bad behavior is in itself an unsettled matter; besides, smoking is an individual hobby and this rule impinges on individual freedom. http://t.cn/SvZcKz
@Alliance • Love: On Oct. 18, China search engine giant Baidu’s “Alliance • Love” program launched the “Dream Wings for Kids” project, a study aid program consisting of four charity programs: Free Lunch, Hope Kitchen, Love Package and Love Campus will provide practical and effective support to poor and disadvantaged children through the winter. Please follow us at @Alliance • Love http://t.cn/SvhCFc
@Yang Lan*: Let art become a child’s lifetime friend. Sun Youth Art Troupe, which targets kids at schools for migrant children, has launched! Right beside the school playground is a railway track. Isn’t the sound of trains rumbling by a kind of music? This is where the art class for kids begins. Let the children of migrant workers, whose schools lack equipment and qualified teachers, have an equal opportunity to learn. Thank you donors! Thank you, star tutors Ai Jing, Tan Weiwei, along with other artists!
*Yang Lan is a famous TV personality in China, chairman of SunMedia Inc., founder of Sun Culture Foundation
October 19, 2011
@Lawyer Zeng Xiangbin*: On Oct. 19, Qujing Court officially accepted a public interest litigation case regarding chromium residue pollution in Yunnan province submitted by two grass-roots NGO, Friends of Nature and Chongqing Green Federation. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12. This is the first public interest litigation case filed by true grass-roots environmental organizations; therefore, it bears an epoch-making significance. As a member of the lawyer group involved in the planning process, I hope to promote the improvement of China’s public interest litigation system and accumulate new experience for environmental protection through this case.
*Zeng Xiangbin is an attorney at Yingke Law Firm and the head of the Hunan group of Friends of Nature. He works specifically on cases involving environmental law, insurance law, and construction.
October 20, 2011
@Liang Shuxin*: [Government takes on free lunch program, aiming to solve food and accommodation problems for school children in mountainous areas within 5 years] Guizhou has confirmed an investment of 12 billion yuan over the next five years for the construction of “Hope Canteens” and “Hope Dormitories” for primary and secondary schools in poor mountainous areas, in order to solve food and accommodation problems for poor school children there. Guizhou public finance will contribute 10 billion yuan and the remaining 20 billion yuan will come from public fundraising. From China Youth Daily. http://t.cn/asQrFm
*Liang Shuxin Is the founder and president of Micro-Foundation. He was famous for raising 150,000 yuan for a school on Weibo. National charity figure 2010.
@Yang Peng All-people’s Charity: The “One Foundation – Ocean Paradise” program has entered the implementation stage to establish a national private service network for children with autism, cerebral palsy, and other rare diseases. This week, programs worth a total of 5.67 million yuan will be launched, including “Beijing Stars and Rain,” “Nanning Angel House,” “Xi’an La La Shou,” and “Beijing China Doll.” An estimated 5,000-plus children will benefit. The picture shows the launching of “One Foundation – Ocean Paradise Program’s Northwest Region Autistic Children Care Project” in Xi’an on Oct. 18.
*Yang Peng is the former Secretary-General of the SEE Foundation and the current Secretary-General of the Jet Li One Foundation.
@Deng Fei*: On the afternoon of Oct. 20, at the Guangzhou second Children’s Palace. South China Normal University Associate Professor Tang Hao exalted media people who wanted to cross over to the philanthropy sector, commenting that this force is breaking the government monopoly in charities, leading the country into an era of participation in charity by the whole society, and ultimately exiting to make way for professional charities. True, every Chinese revolution has its share of intelligent, energetic vanguards.
*Deng Fei is the founder of the Free Lunch Fund and the head of journalists for Phoenix Weekly.
October 21, 2011
@Yang Peng* All-People’s Charity: The SEE 2011 General Assembly was held today at 9:30am to elect SEE’s fourth round of leadership. SEE was established on June 4, 2004 with 64 members. Today there are 185 entrepreneur members. With seven years of history, SEE is a rare example of an environmental NGO that strictly adheres to a structure of democratic governance.
*Yang Peng is the former Secretary-General of the SEE Foundation and the current Secretary-General of the Jet Li One Foundation.
October 24, 2011
@NGOCN: Charity Incubator Recruitment Announcement: Shenzhen NPI, registered under Shenzhen City Bureau of Civil Affairs on Jan. 8, 2010, is devoted to fostering and cultivating innovative social organizations and helping more charity startups to achieve their entrepreneurial dream in the charity sector. It is currently open to incubation applications for 2012; those interested in charity entrepreneurship are welcome to download the incubation application form at http://t.cn/SPaoVX.
@Social Entrepreneur: [Hong Dandan: See the world together with the visually impaired] Beijing Hong Dan Dan Education & Culture Exchange Center founder Zheng Xiaojie believes that in addition to just providing aid to the disabled community, more disabled people should also have access to professional quality services. This is where social enterprise has potential. Through the development of the “cinema of the mind’s eye” series of programs, Zheng Xiaojie hopes to build China’s most professional service organization for blind people, and to see the world together with visually impaired people. http://t.cn/SP9uaa
October 25, 2011
@China Foundation Center: Only 2% of the 2462 Foundations disclose all charity program information. Compared to annual audit reports and financial transparency, disclosure of program information is where charities fall short in relation to the organization’s credibility. CFC president Cheng Gang revealed during a philanthropy forum held by the Beijing Capital Philanthropy Federation that less than 50 foundations of the existing 2400 foundations provide detailed information on all of their charity programs. http://t.cn/SPNzAq
October 26, 2011
@United Nations World Food Programme: [Freerice launches Chinese version] @Shang Wenjie* performed her song Migratory Bird at the end of the event to show her support for the Chinese version of Freerice ~ Here’s hoping that players will enjoy the game!
*Shang Wenjie is a young Chinese pop singer.
October 27, 2011
@China Foundation Center: CFC Chairman Xu Yongguang: We are all accustomed to the idea that charity organizations are merely delivery workers. The public donates money to charities, and the organization directly delivers the money to those in need. Admittedly there are cases where this is needed, like donating money to fund someone’s medical treatment. However, modern philanthropy stresses the importance of innovation and market-viable cures to social problems, not just the short-term treatment of their symptoms. We should find ways to support the sustainability of charitable institutions, rather than just give a one-time donation. http://t.cn/Shv6QF
October 28, 2011
@Philanthropy Forum: The Guangdong Provincial Civil Affairs Department is requiring information on major foundation donations to be made public immediately http://t.cn/Sh9tWO. Guangdong Civil Affairs Department issued “Guidelines on Foundation Operations” in order to further regulate the province’s foundations activities, ranging from fundraising, grant-making, investment, and foreign-related activities. The Guideline also provides standards for issues of public concern, including open and transparent information on donations, the establishment of donation fraud-preventing mechanisms, and banning forced donations.
@China Foundation Center: Guangzhou passed Fundraising Regulations; private charities allowed to raise funds: In addition to the Red Cross, charity federations and public foundations, private non-profit social organizations, people-run non-enterprise units and non-profit institutions in Guangzhou will also be allowed to carry out fund-raising activities. The “Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations,” which garnered widespread attention, was passed by the 45th meeting of the Standing Committee of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Congress yesterday. The regulations removed the previous provision which prohibits natural persons from carrying out fund-raising activities. http://t.cn/ShKAY6
@Charity On-the-Go: [Marriott International held a charity auction dinner] Marriott International Hotel Group held a charity auction dinner jointly with BMW authorized dealer Shanghai Bowdex at JW Marriott Hotel in Shanghai Future Square on Oct. 21. The auction proceeds will go to Shanghai Roots & Shoots environmental programs. http://t.cn/ShoKFW
October 29, 2011
@SEE Guo Xia: [Forum on Garbage] We are debating whether we can wait twenty years for the public to comply with garbage classification. How much land will be appropriated and how many incineration plants will be built over the course of twenty years? Will the recycling industry continue to be ignored and the interest groups become increasingly entrenched? If that is the case we will not achieve our waste management goal in 20 years or 30 years. — Concerns raised by @ LiBo Friends of Nature
@Green Net: The Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Land and Resources and Ministry of Water Resources jointly issued the “National Groundwater Pollution Prevention Plan (2011-2020)” yesterday. The plan states that China will invest 34.66 billion yuan toward prevention of groundwater pollution and ease of groundwater overflow. http://t.cn/Shm4Z1
October 30, 2011
@Huang Rufang*: Ten odd things in China’s charity sector: 1. People scrambling for power and wealth; 2. People forming cliques; 3. Groups are fragmented and each do things their own way; 4. Taking the pretense of democracy; 5. Self-centeredness; 6. Paying lip service to beneficiaries; 7. Too much talk, not enough action, people simply living off of charity; 8. Only the one person in charge shows up in meetings and trainings; 9. Financial staff tampering with accounts, and giving reports of the same work to multiple donors; 10. The founder’s idea always becomes the organization’s idea.
*Huang Rufang is founder of China Dolls and the Vice Secretary-General of the China Dolls Program under China Social Welfare Education Foundation.
@Li Yongge*: “Henan Provincial Measures on Disclosure of Charitable Donation Information,” issued by Henan Provincial Department of Civil Affairs on Oct. 24, states that charitable organizations must publish donation information at least once a year, otherwise it will be banned. Local civil affairs departments put it this way: either be transparent or you’re out of the game. http://t.cn/Shkuhf Last month, Yunnan Provincial Administration of Non-Governmental Organizations issued a document requiring each foundation to have one full-time staff responsible for information disclosure-related work. @ChengGang @Taoze
*Li Yongge is the vice president of web operations for the China Foundation Center.
October 31, 2011
@Liu Youping*: Charity Law has been included in the 2011 legislative plan of China. http://t.cn/S7y2Ad My take: it has already been promised many times but never delivered. Fortunately, philanthropy has developed rapidly despite the lack of a charity law, because people simply cannot afford to wait. In fact, the U.S. has a strong philanthropy sector despite the fact that there is no separate charity law in the U.S. It’s inherently wrong to pin our hope for development on this law. Our freedom of association is protected by the organization law; our property rights, by the property law; tax incentives, by the tax law; ok enough!
*Liu Youping is the Vice Director of the China Charity and Donation Information Center under the Ministry of Civil Affairs. He is also their Donation Website’s chief editor. Formerly he was the chief editor of China Philanthropy Times.