New Charity Law to Ease on Regulations and Restrictions
A new drafted law will lessen regulations and any financial restrictions on charity organizations to help them promote creativity and development. The draft named Shenzhen Economic Special Zone Charity Promotion Ordinance will be issued by the city’ civil affairs bureau.
The drafted law is now open for public comments and suggestions. The law contains several bold provisions such as allowing foreigners to register their charity groups. This ordinance will now allow foreigners to register and run their charity groups, providing that the charitable group legal representative have lived on the Chinese mainland for at least three months or more cumulative every year. By opening doors for foreign charity organizations will further promote charitable causes in China.
The ordinances will also regulate the government participation in charity activities. Several government departments are asking their subordinates and staff to donate money to charities in accordance to their ranks. The higher the rank, the bigger donations is required. Although the new regulation has forbid any government departments from collection donations, it has also banned government officials from heading any charity organizations.
These regulations created debates among experts and Chinese scholars saying that the law is a breakthrough in the charity arena but some argue on the feasibility of several provisions such as reduction in tax declarations.