While no one event rocked China’s social sector in 2013, each change in policy making the NPO registration process less complex and founding of another foundation summed up together equaled great forward movement for the Chinese philanthropic sector. With the start of a new lunar year, the media and many organizations have published their roundups of the most important events from 2013 in China’s social sector. We at SVG have put together a roundup of the roundups to help you recap the events of 2013 and put them into perspective as we head into another year.
Top 10 Charity Events 2013 (Chinese Only). China Philanthropy Times
To further encourage the importance of China’s social sector, the China Philanthropy Times, Sina and several other media sources collaborated to develop an online survey asking experts in the field, media agencies, and netizens which current events from 2013 were the most important for China’s social sector. The top 10 out of 17 will be published at the 6th Annual China Charity Conference.
Top 10 Social Organization Events 2013 (Chinese Only). The Ministry of Civil Affair
The Ministry of Civil Affairs released a list of what they considered to be the top ten key current events within the various governmental agencies responsible for overseeing the social sector. These events range from changes in policies developed to help stimulate the philanthropic sector to the publication of reports on donations to the social sector and important conferences held during 2013.
2013 China Foundation Events (Chinese Only). China Philanthropy Times
According to the China Philanthropy Times, one of the most notable events of 2013 was the surge in growth of foundations due to relaxed regulations. Roughly 500 new foundations were reportedly founded focusing on a wide spectrum of subsectors and target populations. Amongst other notable events in this roundup was the record breaking 3 billion stocks donated to a foundation by a large corporation and the new trend of using online crowd funding by foundations to raise funds.
Public awareness of Autism in China has typically been low but according to Star Day, a digital magazine focused on helping the family members of those with autism, nonprofit organizations working with children and the families of children with autism have developed quickly over recent years and have become some of the more mature NPOs in the sector. Due to the perseverance and diligence of these organizations, there has been increased awareness of this disorder. This report addresses the impact these NPOs have made and the guidelines to which they work.
Top 10 Agents of Social Change 2013 (Chinese Only), Charitarian
Celebrities and successful business entrepreneurs are very influential amongst the younger generations in China. Young professionals and students want to emulate their success and thus when these high profile individuals engage in the social sector, it becomes trendy. Many of these individuals leverage their previous success to promote social ventures and social change.
2013 Charity Donation: New Hope in The Old Pattern (Chinese Only). Xinhua News
The China Charity Information Center released statistics on the donations made during the first 11-months of 2013. While overall, the findings show that factoring the Ya’an Earthquake of 2013, there was no notable increase in donations made in 2013 compared to 2011 and 2012, research shows there was an increase in donations made by Chinese Nationals. Also, new mobile payment apps through companies like Wechat and Alipay show hope that there will be future increases in public donations.
The Spring for Civic Public Interest has Arrived. China Development Brief
The chair of the Narada Foundation, Xu Yonggunag, shares insight on how the donations to specific organizations following the Lushan Earthquake can be used as a benchmark for the 18th Central Committee proposal to create “a social governance innovation system and methods to improve social governance” and “[stimulate] the vitality of social organizations, handling the relationship between the government and society in a correct manner, and accelerating the separation of government and social organizations.”