Xinhua reported that, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, by the end of first quarter of 2016, there were 664,800 registered social organizations including 329,000 social groups, 4,841 foundations, and 331,000 private non-enterprise units in China. The article stated that the private non-enterprise units have grown and now account for 50 percent of the social organizations. They include non-profit private schools, hospitals, senior homes, museums and other categories. Xinhua said that, starting September 1, 2016, following the revision in the Charity Law, private non-enterprise units will be called social service agencies. They will include the agencies that provide assistance to people with disabilities, exploited children, and low income families.
Source: Xinhua, May 1, 2016