China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 1 of 4: China’s nonprofit sector – growing rapidly, but still highly constrained

  • Authors:
    Anke Schrader
  • Publication Date:
    October 2012
  • Report Number:
    China-COTW1-10-30-12

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Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part one of four.

This members-only chart demonstrates how China’s nonprofit sector appears to be growing fast. Undoubtedly, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have come a long way since nascent reforms began in the late 1980s of what was previously a sector entirely incorporated within the State-apparatus. Despite persisting regulatory and political hurdles, the number of NPOs in China has more than doubled over the past decade, and charitable giving levels have risen in lockstep. In 2011, nearly half a million NPOs were officially operating in China, employing roughly 6 million people.

Please see the full chart and associated text for a deeper dive on this issue and many more details and data points.

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