Weekly Civil Society News, September 21 – September 27

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Sorting out the development of the Chinese public interest field with public interest pioneer Xu Yongguang
By Anonymous 匿名, Phoenix Public Interest  凤凰网公益 , September 22, 2013
Interview with Xu Yongguang, of the Narada Foundation and the China Foundation Center, on the development of the sector. (Chinese)
NGOs: Grassroots organizations’ personnel difficulties
By Wang Huixian王会贤, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, September 22, 2013
Discusses the challenges in maintaining a strong personnel force when organizations must rely on idealism rather than salaries to attract talent. (Chinese)
Private foundations: trials and tribulations of the “white collars” of public interest
By Zhang Mulan 张木兰, Philanthropy Times  公益时报, September 23, 2013
Through profiles of two employees at private foundation, the article considers the lives of “white collar” public interest workers. (Chinese)
Investigation reveals only 30 percent of public interest organizations’ transparency indexes “pass”
By Wei Mingyan 魏铭言, Beijing Times 新京报, September 24, 2013
The average transparency index for public interest organizations is 43.11 points, a score which, although it does not “pass,” is up 33 percent from last year. (Chinese)
Collaboration innovation; Creating a “Chinese-style C4ISR” disaster relief model
合作创新 打造“中国式C4ISR”赈灾模式
NetEase网易, September 24, 2013
China is experimenting with using the American C4ISR military model for disaster relief, which should all for more effective collaboration with NGOs. (Chinese)
Remaining vigilant against discrimination within the public interest circle
By A Qiang 阿强, Sina Blog新浪博客, September 24, 2013
Discusses discrimination faced by LGBT groups and other more sensitive NGOs working in the non-profit sector. (Chinese)
Li Liguo: Promoting the development of charitable projects will stimulate the capabilities of social organisations
MOCA Website 民政部网站, September 24, 2013
Speaking in Shenzhen after touring the China Charity Project Exchange Exhibition, the head of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, emphasised the importance of creating an environment conducive to the development of social organisations. (Chinese)
Jinan plans to revoke the registration licenses of 51 social organisations
济南拟撤销 51家社会组织
By Zheng Xinru 郑心茹, Shandong Business Daily 山东商报, September 24, 2013
According to the Jinan Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, 29 societies and 22 private non-enterprise units failed to schedule an annual inspection in 2013. Because of this the Bureau intends to revoke their registration licenses. (Chinese)
Six grassroots NGOs hopeful of winning a 650,000 yuan grant from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
By Feng Huiling 冯会玲, China Radio Network 中国广播网 , September 24, 2013.
Six grassroots NGOs have been shortlisted to receive the maximum grant available in a contest to discover new and innovative Chinese public welfare projects. The competition is run by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and broadcast on the Phoenix television network. (Chinese)
The micro-revolution of Chinese charity: the entire public interest field readjusts
By Huang Zhijie 黄志杰, Eastern Outlook Weekly《瞭望东方周刊》, September 24, 2013
After scandals such as the Guo Meimei incident involving Chinese Red Cross corruption led to decreased donations, the Chinese charity sector has shifted from complaining to action, and from grand narratives to small stories, evidencing a significant shift. (Chinese)
Suining City holds financial management training for social organisations that have had their services purchased by the local government
By Zeng Changlin曾长林, Sichuan News Network 四川新闻网 , September 25, 2013.
On the morning of the 25th September, Suining Social Organisation Service Centre hosted a financial management training course for local social organisations that have recently been awarded contracts by the local government. (Chinese)
Charity donations fall; the “difficult birth” of the charity law
慈善捐款下降 慈善立法“难产”
By Gao Yuan高原, Legal Weekly 法治周末, September 25, 2013 
The China Charities Donation and Information Center recently released a report indicating that charity donations have fallen significantly for the second year in a row, and the Charity Law that has been eight years in the making, which might help to alleviate some of the legitimacy and trust issues plaguing the sector, has still not been released. (Chinese)
Government and business valued over grassroots—impressions of the second charity exhibition
NGO.CN, September 27, 2013
A less than glowing review of the design and reception of the China Charity Project Exchange Exhibition, held this month in Shenzhen. (Chinese)

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