SHENZHEN ranked 3rd among 221 Chinese cities on a charitable city ranking, according to the fifth China City Philanthropy Index issued by the China Charity Alliance (CCA), the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.
The index analyzed public welfare developments in 221 cities from 2016 to 2017 in terms of social donation, volunteer service, social organization and government support. Meanwhile, contributions to and the structure, scale and sustainability of charities were also evaluated.
According to the report, 43 percent of the sample cities were prefecture-level cities, and 23 percent were county-level cities. The study was certainly representative as the cities are in 26 provinces and are home to 635 million people, which accounts for 46 percent of the total population.
The index showed that between 2016 and 2017, the number of social donations and social organizations in cities witnessed steady growth and government support was also strengthened.
In particular, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen were the top three on the ranking.
Peng Jianmei, executive secretary of CCA, said charity is an indicator that reflects a city's livelihood, the support to the disadvantaged and the residents' passion for participating in public welfare. It not only highlights the soft power of urban development, but is also an important yardstick for measuring urban civilization.
According to the city's civil affairs bureau, Shenzhen had also made it into the ranking's top three in each of the past four years, and even took the top spot once.