Weekly Civil Society News, May 4 – May 10

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May 4 – May 10
One Foundation Secretary-General Yang Peng: “We need small donations from netizens, as well as large-scale donations”
By Zhang Qiang张强, Guangzhou Daily 广州日报, May 4, 2013
Interview with Yang Peng of the One Foundation, concerning the foundation's role in fundraising and relief efforts for the recent Sichuan Earthquake.
Investigation: 60% of interviews trust non-government charity organizations
China Youth Daily 中国青年网, May 5, 2013
A survey revealed that 60% of interviewees trust truly non-government organizations, while roughly 10 percent expressed trust toward “GONGOs” (government-organized NGOs).
Program helps mentally disabled get jobs
By Yang Yao, China Daily, May 6, 2013
Profiles the Beijing Fengtai Lizhi Rehabilitation Center, a Chinese NGO dedicated to training people with mental disabilities and providing employment services.
Government “releases power” and accepts supervision
Beijing Times 京华时报, May 6, 2013
Traces the developments in disaster relief fundraising, beginning with the 2008 earthquake in which only three major GONGO channels were announced to the public.
Why are Hong Kong residents unwilling to donate for the Ya'an Earthquake?
By Weng Xiaoying 翁晓莹, Xinlang Caijing 新浪财经, May 7, 2013
Describes a hesitance among Hong Kong residents to donate to the latest Sichuan Earthquake relief efforts, noting a fear that funds will be misspent.
Will new registration regulations bring about spring for NGOs?
Xinhua Daily Telegraph新华每日电讯, May 7, 2013
Looks at the new regulations that will allow some types of social organizations to register without a “supervising unit.”
China Red Cross Supervision Committee will reopen investigation into Guo Meimei incident
CCTV Net 央视网 , May 7, 2013
Facing a large amount of public opprobrium which significantly affected fundraising efforts for the latest Sichuan Earthquake, the China Red Cross will revisit the Guo Meimei incident, in which a Red Cross employee flaunted her wealth, in order to attempt to restore its credibility.
Foster homes for homeless children
By Zheng Caixiong and He Dan, China Daily, May 8, 2013
Guangzhou will pilot a reform wherein homeless children are placed with foster families.
“Take a picture” campaign embodies public opinion; pictures promote effective governance
随拍体现民意 照片推动治理
By Huo Tao霍桃, China Environmental News 中国环境报, May 8, 2013
Describes an effective Weibo (microblogging) campaign in which the rural dwellers were encouraged to post photos of the pollution and litter they encountered in their villages.
RMB 240 million: Blessing or challenge?
By Zhang Mulan 张木兰, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, May 8, 2013
Looks at the involved of Jet Li's One Foundation in the 4.20 Sichuan Earthquake disaster relief efforts, considers the significance of its prominent role and considers implications for the future of the organization.
Half a month after Ya'an Earthquake, the forms of civil aid
By Yang Shuaibin 杨帅斌, Yunnan Information News 云南信息报, May 8, 2013
Interview with Xu Qizhi, expert committee member of the Chengdu NGO Service site, on NGO efforts in the 4.20 Sichuan Earthquake.
Woman applies for State compensation
China Daily, May 8, 2013
A petitioner who was misdiagnosed with a mental illness for 13 years said on Tuesday that she will apply for State compensation worth 2.1 million yuan ($340,000), according to news portal Zhejiang Online.
Wang Zhenyao: A five-year history of China's disaster relief and public welfare
By Wang Zhenyao 王振耀, Charity Information Net 慈讯网, May 9, 2013
Written by Wang Zhenyao of the Beijing Normal China Philanthropy Center, this article traces the developments in charitable giving and disaster relief efforts between the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and the recent Ya'an Earthquake.
Domestic violence by men 'shocking': survey
By He Dan, China Daily, May 10, 2013
An international survey on domestic violence that interviewed more than 2,000 Chinese found that half of male respondents confessed they have physically or sexually abused their wives or girlfriends.
Guangzhou moves to abolish rural hukou
By Zheng Caixiong, China Daily, May 10, 2013
Guangzhou is piloting a reform to the household registration system that will allow urban dwellers to shift from a rural to an urban hukou.
The uncharitable work of charity
By He Bolin, China Daily, May 10, 2013
Editorial in which China Daily journalist describes the lack of public faith in the China Red Cross and other similar institutions, and outlines the failings in accountability and transparency that have led to this credibility crisis.
Bank of East Asia launches RMB 1 million NGO funding plan
By Wang Shujuan 王淑娟, Xinhua 新华, May 10, 2013
The Bank of East Asia will support NGOs through a new funding initiative that will distribute funds to NGOs engaged in volunteer service or social innovation work.
Strengthening the construction of “hub” social organizations; developing the new road for social management innovation
加强枢纽型社会组织建设 谱写社会管理创新之新局      
Dongguan Daily 东莞日报, May 10, 2013
Dongguan, a “trial point” for a number of social organization regulation reform, seeks to develop hub organizations that will guide NGOs and align their interests with Party agendas.
Jack Ma will resign as CEO of Alibaba; Next stop, public welfare and environmental protection
Everyday Economic News 每日经济新闻 , May 10, 2013
Jack Ma, former CEO of Alibaba, has announced that his next role will be as the Director of The Nature Conservancy, an environmental protection organization.
China Red Cross Secretary-General: Red Cross is not an average social organization
China Youth Daily 中国青年网, May 10, 2013
China Youth Daily probes China Red Cross Secretary-General Wang Rupeng on some of the recent allegations against the organization, and prospects for the future.

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