Weekly News – October 26th to November 8th, 2013

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Beijing’s first case of a public welfare foundation changing from “ private to public”
By Lan Fang 蓝方, Caixin 财新网. October 31, 2013
The Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation, which started out as a grassroots NGO, has become the first Charity NGO in Beijing to make the transition from being a ‘private foundation’ to being a ‘public foundation’, allowing it to collect donations publically. (Chinese)

Public welfare NGOs will only have credibility when they have regulations
民间公益 有规则才有公信力
By Liu Changhai 刘昌海 , Xian Evening News西安晚报, October 31, 2013
In the wake of the ‘red boots’ donations scandal, the author puts forward the case that Chinese NGOs cannot rely on self-regulation to increase credibility. (Chinese)

New trend: The wives of high officials throw themselves into charity work in keeping with the expectations of the international community
Beijing Youth Daily 北京青年报, November 4, 2013
This article identifies the trend for the wives of top Chinese officials to become involved with charitable work, following the example set by the wives of Western officials. (Chinese)

Guangzhou provides charitable projects with two million Yuan’s worth of financial aid
By Tan Qiuming 谭秋明, Sui Minxuan 穗民宣, Guangzhou Daily广州日报, November 4, 2013
The Guangzhou “Accompanying Growth” fund begin to distribute funds on November 1st, aiming to support “the development of outstanding charitable projects” by handing out subsidies of a maximum of 100,000 Yuan. (Chinese)

Song Zhibiao: will 98.6% of foundations please “wake up”
By Song Zhibiao 宋志标, Southern Metropolis Public Welfare Weekly 南都公益周刊 , November 5, 2013
According to recently released data only 47 of China’s 3417 foundations have actually given financial assistance to a Chinese NGO. The author of this piece implores the remaining 98.6% to “wake-up” and start acting. (Chinese)

The gradual unleashing of public welfare organization’s right to public ownership
By Zhang Mulan 张木兰, Philanthropy Times公益时报, November 5, 2013
This article expertly analyses the path taken by The Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation: from student organisation to private foundation, and finally to public foundation. (Chinese)

Go, let youthfulness travel the road – written for the civic-minded youth
By Hui Ji 惠寄, Ngocn.net, November 5, 2013
The author of this opinion piece, Hui Ji, born in 1987 and with more than five years working in the Chinese NGO sector, gives advice to young people looking to embark on a career in the NGO sector. (Chinese)

From “high-speed dog rescue” to the law-courts
By Zhang Mingmin 张明敏, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, November 5, 2013
Zhang Mingmin analyses what happened after the well-publicised rescue of a truckload of dogs in 2011. Although the initial rescue was successful, the organisation that carried it out has since had to face significant legal action in the Beijing law courts (Chinese)

Guangzhou requests feedback on new social organization administration legislation
By Wang Huixian 王会贤, Philanthropy Times公益时报, November 5, 2013
The Guangzhou municipal government has published a draft version of new legislation regarding the administration of the city’s social organisations. The new regulations aim to clarify and simplify registration and management methods and have been opened up to public review. (Chinese)

Fang Xuanchang: Viewing environmental NGOs from three angles
Ngocn.net, November 6, 2013
This extract from a speech given by the Caijing science and environment editor Fang Xuanchang analyses environmental NGOs from three different angles: ‘professionalism’, ‘social responsibility’, and ‘mirror image’. The transcript from a question and answer session with Fang is included after the speech. (Chinese)

The “Ya’an model” promotes the incubation of local disaster-area social organisations
By Yu Hang 余行, Huaxi Metropolis 华西都市报, November 7, 2013
This report looks at what will happen when the government and national-level organisations leave the Lushan earthquake area, detailing efforts that aim to see local social organisations and collectives ensure a smooth transition and continued, sustainable recovery. (Chinese)

The reform of the social system requires the easing of restrictions of social organizations
By Wei Mingyan 魏铭言, Beijing News 新京报, November 8, 2013
Using examples from around Beijing, the author of this article posits that against the backdrop of the development of new social trends, and with the increasing socialisation of state welfare, the government should ease restrictions on social organisations. (Chinese)

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