Groups dissolved for illegal acts, not registering

Seventeen organizations were ordered to dissolve in the first half of the year for reasons such as illegal fund-raising and failure to register.

Seventeen organizations were ordered to dissolve in the first half of this year for reasons such as illegal fund-raising and failure to register, the city’s civil affairs authorities said yesterday.

One such group, Shanghai Brand Service Promotion Association, is currently being investigated by police for illegal raising funds, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said.

The organization, which was not registered with the bureau, invited companies to participate in its so-called “Belt and Road” summit forums, and charged membership fees from those who wanted to deliver speeches or be present at the events. The association even claimed government officials would attend the forum, which was incorrect, according to the bureau.

One company paid 80,000 yuan (US$11,940) to make a speech at a forum, but this money went into the pocket of the association’s legal representative, authorities claim.

Another group, Jiabainong Children’s Center, collected funds to help sick children in poverty-stricken areas. It was dissolved because it was not registered, according to the bureau.

The bureau also halted a fund-raising competition arranged by another group as its registration was still being reviewed, and a charity-run organized by a bank was suspended because it was not qualified to receive open donations.

Civil affairs authorities have joined hands with police to conduct a crackdown on illegal organizations between April and December.

The crackdown particularly targets groups conducting activities in cultural areas, as well as groups that use “China” or “international” in their names, use the names of government authorities, involve large sums of money, or have large memberships.

Some busted organizations use national initiatives such as Belt and Road construction, targeted poverty alleviation and rural vitalization to advance their illegal activities, the bureau said.

Shanghai has more than 15,700 registered organizations, with 1,008 newly registered between January and June, an increase of 8.8 percent from the same period last year.

“Organizations are an important force in Shanghai’s social and economic development, but only when they operate in a healthy environment,” said Jiang Rui, deputy director of the bureau.



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