Only eight out of 93 charity organizations in China passed transparency tests, while the average score of all the charities came out to a measly 35.49, according to a report from researchers at Peking University’s Center for Participation and Supports.
The report found that among the 93 organizations surveyed, the most transparent one still only achieved 83 points in the assessment, which graded multiple aspects of performance based on a zero to 100 scale. Sixteen of the charities got less than 20 points and four of them got zero—including two organizations based in Tibet.
According to the Global Times, the charities were evaluated based on how effectively they disclosed information about fundraising and programs, as well as financial reports and work evaluations.
“It is disappointing to learn that the charitable organizations did not do well in disclosing their finances. Only when people know exactly how every cent they donate is used can they begin to trust the organizations,” Li Yuanyuan, a director at the research center, said in the report.
Various scandals involving charity organizations in China have left people feeling reluctant about handing their money over for a good cause. One of the most widely publicized cases dates back to 2011, when one Guo Meimei, who claimed to be a general manger of the Red Cross, began recklessly flaunting her wealth online, ultimately crushing the organization’s reputation.
Last year, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told Reuters that he thought China should encourage its wealthy to donate to more charitable causes.