New Chinese Laws Regulating Domestic Charities and International NGOs: What do you need to know?

Experts discuss both the new domestic charity and foreign NGO laws in China and their likely impacts on US foundations working in China.

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Last year, the Council and ICNL convened foundations to discuss how a draft Foreign NGO law in China might impact their work. The Council also submitted formal comments about concerns with this law to the Chinese government.

In mid-March 2016, China approved the long-awaited domestic charity law, following more than ten years of work with governments, non-profits, and donors to strengthen regulation of non-profits in China. In late April 2016, the Chinese government also approved a new Overseas NGO law.

This conference call was an opportunity for funders working in China to hear updates on both the domestic charity and overseas NGO laws in China, and ask questions about how it may impact their work. Professor Sidel of ICNL, who has worked with foundations, NGOs and other groups in China for more than three decades, focuses on the new foreign NGO law but discusses both. Additionally, the U.S.-based Asia Foundation, who has worked in China for decades, shares reactions to the law and how discusses whether it will impact their grantmaking, programs, and their grantees.

You can read more about the new laws in Alliance Magazine and Foreign Policy. Trusted translations of the Foreign NGO law are available from China Development Brief and China Law Translate.


Mark Sidel

Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Consultant (Asia), International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) 

Suzanne Siskel

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Asia Foundation 




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Natalie Ross

Vice President, Membership, Development and Finance

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