China Philanthropy Law Factsheet #1

2016: An Important Dividing Line in China’s Philanthropy and Civil Society Regulation


The year 2016 represents a watershed moment in the development of the legal environment for philanthropy and civil society in China.

In 2016 the National People’s Congress adopted two comprehensive new laws to regulate the philanthropic and civil society space: The Charity Law passed in March and the Overseas Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Law passed in April. In August 2018, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued for public comment the draft of a Regulation for the Registration and Management of Social Organizations. This regulation is intended to replace the three management regulations for the different types of social organizations: social associations, civil non-enterprise units, and foundations.

This factsheet highlights some of 2016’s regulatory changes.

For more information, see our China Philanthropy Law Report.