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Chinese charities struggling to restore trust: report


10:29, June 01, 2013

BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- After a series of scandals seriously discredited the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC), the country's charity circle is facing "unexpected hardships" in rebuilding trust, a report has found.

The Annual Report on China's Philanthropy Development 2013 said the "Guo Meimei incident" in 2011 exposed multiple problems in the RCSC's management, triggering a credit crisis for the country's charity circle, and that its influence still persisted in 2012.

The report, released on Friday by the social policies research center under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, cited that donations received last year by the RCSC showed a 26-percent decrease from the previous year -- nine percentage points greater than the figure for all charity groups in the country.

The RCSC's reputation took a major hit in 2011, when a young woman calling herself Guo Meimei used social media to claim she managed an organization under the charity and openly flaunted her wealth and extravagant lifestyle.

The scandal triggered public concern about embezzlement within the charity.

Earlier this month, the RCSC suffered fresh criticism when it was found to have diverted donations earmarked for specific uses to other projects without notice.

Friday's report cited a survey conducted in March last year on 300 donors whose contributions to the RCSC surpassed 100,000 yuan (16,181 U.S. dollars).

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helen at 2013-06-01175.142.247.*
In most charities around the world, besides donations being siphoned off by senior officials of the charities, much of the donations are also used to support staff and employees - their salaries, perks and benefits and nothing much is filtered down to charitable projects ....Government relevant departments should take over .....with most regular audits ....

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