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China Charity Law Guidebook – Chapter 3: Charitable Organizations and Activities (Pt. 4)

We continue with Part 4 of our series on the China Charity Law and other regulations in  China in partnership with Shanghai Legal Center for NGO (ForNGO) with Chapter 3 of the China Charity Guidebook with an overview of charitable organizations and activities. For a full list of articles part of this series, please visit our intro article or sector news page.​​​​​

Slow Food International: Champion for Good, Clean, and Fair Food

Food consumption and production have long been understood to be a key threat to the environment and climate. But the depth and impact of the unsustainable practices that are often involved are widely underreported and underestimated. For example, the modern food chain is a major producer of carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of food waste alone is estimated to be equivalent to 3.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide, making unconsumed food the third greatest CO2 emitter after the U.S. and China. Major changes in the current food system must take place, and this is no easy feat.

China Charity Law Guidebook – Chapter 2: Legislative Background of Charity Law (Pt. 3)

We continue with Part 3 of our series on the China Charity Law and other regulations in  China in partnership with Shanghai Legal Center for NGO (ForNGO) with Chapter 2: of the China Charity Guidebook on the legislative background of charity law. For a full list of articles part of this weekly series, please visit our intro article or sector news page.

International Detention Coalition: Developing and Promoting Alternatives to Immigration Detention

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is an Australia-based global network of over 400 civil society organizations and individuals in more than 90 countries that advocate for, research, and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants affected by immigration detention. IDC’s global efforts to reduce and eliminate the official and unofficial mistreatment of refugees and migrants is particularly resonant among recent headlines in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Giving in Syria

We continue our series, in partnership with the Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), with an overview of the complexities of giving in Syria. ZF’s General Counsel, Lara Kalwinski, describes principal obstacles and frustrations for donors and grantees in sanctioned countries and conflict zones. She also offers insight on ways the sector can work together to overcome some of these obstacles.

The China Charity Law & Other Regulations in Partnership with ForNGO (Pt. 1)

At NGOsource, we value the importance of providing clarity on issues affecting civil society internationally. We are thus thrilled to announce our partnership with China-based ForNGO, a foremost expert on charity law in China, as well as a grantee that has undergone the equivalency determination process with NGOsource.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Legal Experts - Political Campaign Activity

U.S. law has not always prohibited tax-exempt charities from engaging in political campaign activities. In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by then U.S. Senator Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in political campaign activity. This amendment came to be known as "the Johnson Amendment," and it is now codified in the Internal Revenue Code and accompanying Treasury regulations.