Journal article

Bounded by the State: Government Priorities and the Development of Private Philanthropic Foundations in China

Weijun Lai, Jiangang Zhu, Lin Tao, Anthony J Spires

The China Quarterly | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015


AbstractFrom a regulatory perspective, philanthropy in China has been officially modernized. Since the government established a legal framework in 2004 based on models from overseas, the number of private foundations in China has grown more than six-fold. Drawing on a nationally representative survey of 214 private foundations conducted in 2012, we present a landscape view of these new philanthropic institutions, discussing both who begins foundations and how their monies are used. We find that despite the rise of new private wealth in China and the adoption of the private foundation form, government priorities are structuring the field of Chinese philanthropy in key and consequential ways. ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by National Social Science Foundation of China

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this research was provided by the China Private Foundation Forum in the form of a commissioned project entitled, "A national survey of the development situation of private foundations in China." Project supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 12AZD027).