Grant-Making in China: One Year into the ONGO Law

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Webinar: Grant-making in China - One Year into the ONGO Law


China’s Overseas Nongovernmental Organization (ONGO) Law came into effect on January 1, 2017, but it was not until 2018 that most organizations with registered China offices began implementing grants using annual activity plans. As 2018 draws to a close and grant-makers are preparing for 2019, Mark Sidel from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) will discuss how the sector has learned and adapted to the ONGO law, while Adam King will describe Give2Asia’s experience and lessons learned administering nearly 100 grants in China in 2018.



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Mark Sidel

Mark is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a specialist in the law and policy affecting nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in China, Vietnam, India, and the United States. He serves as ICNL consultant for work in China and Vietnam. Sidel has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and other institutions. He also served in program positions for the Ford Foundation in Beijing, Hanoi, Bangkok and New Delhi; in China he developed and managed the Foundation's work in law and governance (including the nonprofit sector); in Vietnam he established and managed the Foundation's country program; and in India he developed a new regional South Asian program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Sidel has consulted widely on legal reform, civil society, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and human trafficking issues. Assignments include the Ford Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Asia Foundation, Resource Alliance, Oxfam, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and a number of other donors and NGOs. Sidel has published widely on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in Asia and the United States. His books include Regulation of the Voluntary Sector: Freedom and Security in an Era of Uncertainty (Routledge); Law and Society in Vietnam (Cambridge University Press); Philanthropy and Law in South Asia (with Zaman, APPC); More Secure, Less Free: Antiterrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11 (University of Michigan Press); and other volumes.


Adam King

King is a Program Manager at Give2Asia, facilitating donations to local charitable organizations across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Give2Asia Adam managed China programs at the International Republican Institute (IRI), first from Washington, DC and then from Hong Kong. Programs he led focused on civil society capacity development, HIV/AIDS, women’s political participation, youth civic activism, migrant workers’ rights, minority rights awareness, local elections, and good governance, among others. He also worked in Munich, Germany for several years as a marketing manager at a German payments startup. Adam speaks Mandarin Chinese and lived in greater China for nearly seven years. Originally from Michigan, he has a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University and a Master of Art from George Washington University.


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