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Survey highlights charity doubts

A RECENT survey found that a third of local companies who responded to a survey think charities are not transparent enough.

But only 150 companies sent back replies after the Shanghai Charity Foundation and the Shanghai Academy of Social Science distributed 7,500 questionnaires.

"Almost all were from companies who were willing to donate," said Lu Hanlong, director of the academy's social development researching center. "But as the survey's results were about the same as our previous studies, it is still reliable." However, Lu said the low rate highlighted the need for more companies to improve their sense of social responsibility.

The survey showed that the transparency of local charities had become a barrier for companies to donate. About 16 percent of the companies who responded said they were concerned that donations would not go to the right place, 22 percent said charity institutes should improve their credibility, and about 17 percent said they wanted to know how the institutes used the donations.

"We suggested that the government supervise and manage the institutes to encourage more companies to donate," Lu said.


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