September 1, 2013
Many individual and corporate donors are interested in supporting charitable projects in China. Unfortunately, making grants to foreign organizations can be challenging, and China's unique legal environment creates an additional layer of complexity to the process.As it stands today, civil society there is underdeveloped and heightened governmental regulations can be difficult to navigate. Cultural misunderstandings and language barriers also routinely complicate relationships with local organizations. The philanthropic process is further convoluted by US regulations governing international grants.This guide lays out some of the issues faced by donors in making grants to organizations in China.Donors face many challenges when making grants to organizations in China. Some of the main issues to consider include:(1) registration and types of organizations;(2) SAFE regulations;(3) corruption and lack of transparency;(4) government control and direction; and(5) language and cultural issues.