Draft amendments to China’s Charity Law open for feedback

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Beijing has asked for public feedback on several draft legal amendments, with a particular focus on the much-anticipated Charity Law of People’s Republic of China. The proposed amendments hold significant implications for the future of charity and philanthropy in China. The public feedback collection period will end on Nov 23.

During the sixth session of the 14th National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Oct 22, lawmakers reviewed a draft amendment to the Charity Law consisting of 28 articles.

This amendment aims to refine and reinforce the operations of charitable organizations and charitable trusts, as well as enhance the system of public fundraising in China.

What makes this amendment notable is the deliberative approach. The original Charity Law underwent preliminary review during the 38th session of the 13th National People’s Congress Standing Committee. Considering various factors and stakeholders, the Constitutional and Legal Committee opted for an amendment approach rather than a comprehensive overhaul.

This approach ensures that the fundamental legal framework remains stable while allowing for necessary modifications and improvements.

Key provisions in the proposed amendment include stricter regulation of charitable organizations and charitable trusts, reducing the annual requirements for these entities to apply for public fundraising qualifications.

By lowering the barriers for charitable organizations to raise funds publicly and improving the oversight of personal assistance requests, the amendment aims to increase the public’s trust in charitable activities and enhance the efficiency and efficacy of charitable work.

While the public feedback period is open, it reflects a broader trend in China’s legal and regulatory landscape — increased scrutiny and revision to adapt to changing societal needs.

This amendment is poised to shape the future of charitable endeavors in China and could serve as a model for other countries exploring ways to refine their charity and philanthropy sectors. It is a significant step in China’s ongoing efforts to promote social welfare and strengthen its charitable infrastructure.