The Standing Committee of the Guangzhou Municipality People’s Congress passed “Guangzhou Municipality’s Fundraising Regulations” that expands fundraising activities for all social organizations and public institutions engaged in the charitable or “public welfare” field within Guangzhou.
In an effort to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public welfare sector, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a Notice which calls for major charitable projects to be audited after their completion, and the results of the audit made public.
The Guangdong Civil Affairs department announced a Guangdong Province Program to Further Develop and Standardize Management of Social Organizations that would loosen restrictions on registration for a range of social organizations.
What is interesting about this article is that it appears in the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, thereby illustrating that the systemic problem facing independent nonprofits and charities has now entered the mainstream.
The Beijing News quotes the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, as saying social organizations in the categories of philanthropy, social welfare and social services, may soon be able to register directly with Civil Affairs.