Jet Li’s One Foundation Might End Soon
In an interview with China Central on Sunday, actor-turned-philanthropist, Jet Li said, that his charity foundation’s operations could be suspended. The fledgling One Foundation, has operated as a partnership with the official Red Cross Society of China but the contract is about to end this year. The foundation will face legal restrictions collecting money without the contract. Its private status prevents it from direct public fund raising.
In Li’s words, the One Foundation is “a kid without an identity”. This sparked immediate debate on similar situations faced by many of China’s private charity groups.
But according to a supervisor at One Foundation surnamed Ye, the foundation is running as usual and its contracts with Red Cross would go on. She said Li’s words should be interpreted as a wake up call on the shared plight of private charity groups in China and should not be misinterpreted as a sign that the foundation is giving up.