Conference Call: China's Draft Law on Management of NGOs and Foundations: Impact on U.S. Funders

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Over the past week, the Council has received many inquiries from foundations concerned about how a new draft Chinese law would impact grantmaking in China. In response to this feedback, the Council, in partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is hosting a conference call to discuss the implications of this law for overseas funders and NGOs doing work within the country.

The Overseas NGO Management Law, which will be considered by the Chinese legislature this year, would have a significant impact on U.S.-based grantmakers doing work in China. Numerous NGOs, foundations and other organizations active in China have expressed strong concerns about the draft law, which, among other provisions, moves management and control of overseas NGOs and foundations to the Chinese public security apparatus. Comments to the Chinese government are due on June 4th, and the Council is working on a response that others in the sector will be able sign onto.

Professor Sidel of ICNL, who has worked with foundations, NGOs and other groups in China for more than three decades, will describe the implications of this law. We will also hear from a U.S.-based foundation that funds in China with their concerns about how the law could impact their China work. The Council will also share the steps that it is taking to respond to the draft law on behalf of the U.S. foundation sector.

For those who are interested, here is a draft of the law:

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Mark Sidel

Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Consultant (Asia), International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) 

Marc Owens

Partner, Loeb & Loeb 

Mary Anne Rogers

General Counsel, Packard Foundation