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Public welfare organization petitions Veolia to make water quality information public
By Wang Jing 王婧, Caixin News 财新网, May 9, 2014
Citing municipal water quality standards (GB 5749-2006), the Nanjing-based NGO “Justice for All” has applied to Veolia, a French corporation, to make public water quality information from 12 of its Chinese water supply companies. This is following the recent discovery of benzene in the water of Lanzhou, Gansu Province, which occurred only one month after Veolia publicly reported its water was meeting regulations. Yu Fangqiang says if Veolia does not make the information public within 15 working days, then they will sue its companies in China.

How will philanthropy survive in the mobile era?
By Bai He 白鹤, China Philanthropy Times 公益时报, May 13, 2014
In an Internet era of social media, smart phones, and cloud technology, philanthropic organizations need to adapt to fit with the times, utilizing media such as Weibo and other instantaneous modes of communication to share information, attract public interest, as well as raise funds. Most importantly, organizations need to focus on attracting “large numbers” as a means of gaining prominence and influence, rather than pursuing single, big-name donors and clients.

Environmental public interest lawsuit regulations still wait for refinement
By China Philanthropy Times 公益时报, May 13, 2014
On April 24, a revised draft of the Environmental Protection Law was at last voted on by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, providing regulations for environmental public interest lawsuits in accordance with new legal provisions of the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Critics, however, say that with only half a year until implementation, there are still many specific procedural issues that need to be made clear.

Editorial: Environmental protection public interest legal rights defense funds make public interest lawsuits move towards functionality
By Nandu News 南方都市报, May 13, 2014
The Guangdong Environmental Protection Foundation has recently revealed that it will be establishing a service center for the legal defense of environmental public interest, as well as a specialized fund dedicated the same cause. These funds will be used for providing legal and financial support to environmental public interest lawsuits, pollution inspections, and legal consultancies.

Nine years later, the Charity Law is once again drafted
By Zhang Mulan 张木兰, China Philanthropy Times 公益时报, May 14, 2014
According to Wang Zhenyao, the Director of Beijing Normal University’s China Philantropy Research Institute, the Internal Judicial Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress has set a time schedule for a draft of the Charity Law. If the legislative process proceeds smoothly, then there is hope for it to be passed into law next year.

Deng Fei: “The average salary of the philanthropic sector is approaching minimum wage—I believe this is wrong”
邓飞:公益界平均工资靠近最低工资标准 我觉得不对
By Yan Shuangshuang 颜霜霜, Fenghuang 凤凰公益, May 14, 2014
In an interview, Deng Fei discusses the current situation as well as future hopes and challenges of the philanthropic sector. Recently the relatively low salaries of those working in nonprofits has attracted a lot of public concern, and according to Deng’s calculations, wages in the philanthropic sector are very close to minimum wage. Deng believes that in order for the sector to continue growing, it needs to attract talented people and continue to professionalize.

Chinese women’s rights: 20 years after the World Women’s Conference
By Li Sipan 李思磐, Fortune China 中国财富, May 16, 2014
The article discusses the political and intellectual legacies of the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, including the deepened understanding of feminist theory, the growth of grassroots organizing, and the increase in international collaboration among NGOs.

Yang Tuan: What will the Charity Law do?
By Caixin Media 财新网, May 22, 2014
Chinese social scientist and researcher Yang Tuan answers questions regarding effects and implementation of the long-awaited Charity Law.

Chinese charitable foundations convene in Beijing for a conference on “Establishing Brand Name”
By Inspiring NPOs 心创益传播机构, May 23, 2014
With the support of the China Foundation Center, a conference on “Establishing Brand name” was successfully held in Beijing on May 21. Nathalie Laidler-Kylander of the Harvard Kennedy School Hauser Institute for Civil Society presented her research and model “Brand IDEA,” encouraging NPOs to use new methods to distinguish themselves from the business sector.

Once again discussing “Public Welfare Marketization”— a discussion with Mr. Chu
By Hui Ji 惠寄, NGOcn.net (NGO发展交流网), May 21, 2014
In response to an essay written by Narada Foundation Director Xu Yongguang titled “Public Welfare Marketization” (http://www.naradafoundation.org/html/2014-04/16875.html), the author of this article seeks an alternative understanding of the situation with scholar Mr. Chu.

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