ICNL’s resources and information on China.


ICNL has provided technical assistance on the legal framework for nonprofits, foundations, and charities; served as a resource to Chinese agencies, academic institutions, and foreign donors on key issues of philanthropic and nonprofit law and policy; supported research on China’s complex and changing legal and policy framework for the nonprofit and philanthropic sector; and assisted on the policy framework for disaster response, among other issues. Most recently, ICNL has sought to raise awareness of the impact and implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law.

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Civic Freedom Monitor


Last updated: 16 May 2022

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Global Grantmaking Country Notes

In partnership with the Council on Foundations, ICNL maintains reports on thirty-four countries that help U.S grantmakers undertake equivalency determinations for foreign grantees. The reports in this series describe the legal frameworks for nonprofit organizations and provide translations of relevant legislative provisions.

Philanthropy Law Report

Philanthropy has a rich and varied history in China, but a complicated legal framework. This report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy, unpacking the history, and the present-day legal environment. The report is supplemented with a series of infographics, and other materials provide more context on civil society and philanthropy in China.


Overseas NGOs, Foundations, and COVID in China

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This article, published by EURICS, explores China's tumultuous past of navigating overseas funding and aid during times of crisis. It ... Read More

Risks for International Business in Hong Kong

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This Harvard report analyzes the impacts of Hong Kong's National Security Law on the domestic legal system and its civil ... Read More


COVID-19, Information Problems, and Digital Surveillance

COVID-19, Information Problems, and Digital Surveillance
In this piece for the Center for Global Development, ICNL Alliance Advisory Council Member Michael Pisa discusses how the use ... Read More

ECNL Blog: COVID-19 Responses

ECNL Blog: COVID-19 Responses
ECNL Senior Legal Advisor Marta Achler's piece discusses why the internet and the online spaces are a 'lifeline' for expression ... Read More

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