In the short time that China has amassed the world’s second-largest pool of personal wealth, it has seen the emergence of some philanthropic activity. At this stage, however, the country has yet to develop the policies, skills, norms, and institutions that are needed to support informed and intentional charitable giving. This complicates government attitudes and public perceptions about philanthropy.
China has the potential to significantly increase the level and impact of charitable giving. The combination of entrepreneurial spirit among the first generation of wealth creators, an emerging policy infrastructure for the charitable sector, and new social media technologies could lead to new models of philanthropy for the rest of the world.
We work with a wide range of partners in China—including government, academia, social organizations, and individual philanthropists—to encourage charitable giving and advocate for improved policies in China’s philanthropic sector. Over the past few years, our work has focused on systemic efforts and collaboration with individual donors. We also support policy research and advocacy on key issues such as nonprofit registration, tax incentives, and developing peer networks of private philanthropists. We also convene Chinese social media platforms and philanthropic partners as part of the Social Media for Social Good Alliance.