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City drafts law to regulate charity operations

AFTER repeated scandals involving the Red Cross Society of China, Shanghai legislators are working on a local law to ensure better supervision and transparency of social welfare organizations, including charitable groups.

The city government will set up an online platform to give the public whole access to information of every charitable organization, according to the draft law.

Ordinary citizens can make a complaint or cast doubt on a fund raising activity or the usage of donations on the online platform to alert government supervisors.

The law will also make it mandatory for charitable organizations to publish their expenses in great details at least twice a year.

A civil affairs official in the Municipal Government said Shanghai received 1.85 billion yuan (US$291 million) in charitable donations last year, compared with 1.24 billion yuan in 2009. But the growth has slowed this year due to a spate of charity scandals in China. Transparency and supervision are key to reviving public confidence in charities.


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