The past few years have seen a steady increase in the number of registered social organizations in Beijing. In November 2021, there were 12,858 such organizations in China’s capital, including 4,449 municipal organizations and 238 5A-level organizations.
The organizations cover areas such as education, technology, sports, culture, hygiene, law and social services. Their total assets in China had reached 100.197 billion yuan ($1.57 billion) by the end of last year, with the organizations providing help and services to 213,900 people, or 1.7 percent of the working population in Beijing.
An online press conference was recently held to promote social organizations in Beijing. The conference focused on demonstrating their achievements in pushing for the healthy and sustainable development of the charity sector. Meanwhile, the impact of social organizations on economic development, innovative social governance and international relations was also introduced.
The conference once again recognized the critical role played by social organizations in social governance, and praised organizations’ actions in battling the pandemic and providing services for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It was also revealed that foundations in Beijing have donated 1.4 billion yuan and 9 million items to support frontline medical staff tackling Covid-19 outbreaks.
In preparation for the Winter Olympics, 160 social organizations have helped with event promotion, the construction of barrier-free facilities and the compilation of handbooks for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
In addition, 50 charitable programs conducted by social organizations in environmental protection, child protection, medical assistance, rural revitalization and charitable education were showcased. The conference called for social organizations to continue providing community services, create jobs, help with charity brand-building, and channel social resources.