Observations from Asia: China


Usha Menon, a nonprofit management consultant, explores the emerging philanthropy and civic engagment sectors within China. Find her observations from Asia here!


Observations from AsiaNot to know and know that you don’t know, that is to know – Chinese proverb: I love the work I do as it’s a continuous process of studying, sharing and working towards strengthening the social impact sector, its organisations and its leadership across Asia. Here are some of my recent observations and learnings about the fundraising and philanthropy scene in China. 

Creating an ecosystem

China’s first charity law became effective in September 2016 and the Foreign NGO Management Law took effect in January 2017. Both laws are efforts by the Chinese government to strengthen regulations for the emerging fields of philanthropy and civic engagement. 

Currently there are more than 511,000 legitimately registered social organisations in China. These include social associations, civil non-enterprise entities and foundations. Many of the social organisations are set up or sponsored by government. Foundations…

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