It looks like there is a shift in the mentality of the average Chinese citizen who wants to donate to the social sector in China. After the scandal involving misuse of donations to Chinese government charity agencies, a new set of policies were published by the government earlier this year. Unfortunately, it looks like it will take more time before the public trusts these organizations again. (Please refer to our previous post about the new regulations.)
According to the Washington Post, people in China are turning to microblogs such as Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter, to help those in need. Through this platform, you can donate to people or projects ranging from a family who can not afford their child's hospital bills to schools who desperately are in need of specific supplies. Though the donations being collected through Weibo are thought to be a mere fraction of what government charities receive, the current success of this site is yet another piece of supporting evidence of the public's distrust and frustration with the government's tight control of the country's non-profit sector. Though interest in Weibo's site is increasing, this type of philanthropy is not sustainable. There have already been suscipions of fraud on the site and the needs met are case by case. We will continue to watch and see how this site and other's like it affect the public's senitments towards the non-profit sector.