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Total Donations Declined for Two Consecutive Years

According to the 2012 China Charity Donation Report which was published on September 21, the total charitable donations in 2012 amounted 81.7 trillion yuan (US$13.35 trillion), down 3.31 percent from 2011. 2012 was the second consecutive year that saw a decline in charitable donations. According to the report, the contributing factors included the slowdown in the economy, fewer natural disasters, and people not trusting in the accountability of charitable organizations.

Social organizations received over 70 percent of the total charitable donations to all organizations. A number of foundations ranked as the top donation recipients. They received over 30.5 trillion yuan (US$4.98 trillion) which accounted for 37.4 percent of the total charitable donations. Business enterprises remained as the top donors with total donations of 47.4 trillion (US$7.74 trillion). Of those, 57.98 percent or 27.5 trillion (US$4.49 trillion) came from private enterprises. It was also noticed that the amount of donations made online in 2012 exceeded 2011, thus establishing a new trend in the donation market.

Source: Xinhua, September 21, 2013