Equivalency Versus Expediency

For many CSR managers, one of the more challenging (mind numbing) aspects of transacting an international donation can be the regulatory hurdles, and for U.S. firms there are two IRS channels whereby this can be accomplished: 1. Equivalency Determination: Involves gathering a significant amount of background information and documentation from the foreign charity, and then having a US Based law fi…

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China’s Social Entrepreneurs on Twitter

while reviewing some old posts for issues/ discussinos that I thought should be updated, I came across a post where I listed China's Social Entrepreneurs... and it was old. Really Old. so, in an effort to make sure everyone is up to date and connected, pelase find the updated list of Entrepreneurs and Organizations.  I know that there are people and organizations that I am missing, and this is n…

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When Donor Resiliency is Lost

Last night, and this afternoon, I had a bit of a scare. A donor to one of the organizations I have been working with, a long time friend, sent me a message that she was pulling her donation because of an error I had made.  It was a simple error in failing to recognize her firm as agreed on.It was an honest mistake, but one that tipped her over the edge.. or so I thought .. it turns out she was n…

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Three Areas Where Social Entrepreneurs Should Focus in China

Following up from my post last week where I said "there is going to be a HUGE market for providing that capacity ", I was asked for a few examples of where I saw opportunities for products / services. 1) Urbanization and migrants With over 200+ cities with more than a million people, and a few hundred million expected to make a move to the city, this is one of the largest opportunities for new…

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Nurturing a Credible Culture of Philanthropy in China

If there is one thing that the recent rash of scandals in China's charities proves, it is that China has a long way to go with developing a credible and robust culture of philanthropy. A few weeks back there were the pictures of a woman named Guo Meimei caught posing with luxury cars and accessories, while talking about her connection to China's Red Cross. Not the first time that the Red Cross ha…

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How Can NGOs Get the Most Skilled Volunteers?

For many startups organizations, particularly those in the non-profit sector, finding support from volunteers can be vital. Website developers working in their spare time... An accountant to help close the monthly books... an HR Director willing to help develop HR structures and hiring practices... are all (at times) necessary engagements that can have a profound impact on the success and stabilit…

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Why is Opening Up about Bad Management in NGOs so Hard?

By now, if you are at all exposed to the world of nonprofits, then you are mos likely aware of the recent news surrounding Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea” and Founder of CAI. IT is a story that in short has “shocked” many, crushed the dreams of some, and have lead to a lot of questions of “how could this have happened”. There has been a lot of com…

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Is China Ready for Online Donation Platforms?

While reading the recent news that Shanghai based Social Venture Group (SVG) will be launching their most recent project, a website called China Charity Gift to facilitate donations to seven China based charities. It was a project that I know they have been working on for a while now and while taking a sneak peak at the Beta site, I thought that site was really well done, and had the pote…

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The Genesis and Impact of Poor NGO Transparency in China

Through the recently released China Charity Donation Report 2010, released by the China Charity & Donation Information Center, the issues of NGO transparency were once again highlighted. An ongoing issue for many, the main data point that was highlighted almost all the coverage was that 90% of the public was not satisfied with the current levels of information being released. Something that…

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Converting China’s Rich into Philanthropists. Attainable Goal or Fool’s Gold?

With the recent success of signing 40 billionaires to the Giving Pledge, it should not be any surprise that the recent news of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet coming to China would create headlines, and rumors that they were coming to convert.  It is an event, set for late September,  that was on the front page of many of the world’s leading financial mediums, and has remained t…

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