Guo Meimei

More transparency vital to restoring faith in Chinese charities

Guo Meimei

Internationally, there are few charities as venerable and respected as the Red Cross. On the mainland, though, the organisation is distrusted, in part for being closely tied to the government, but mostly due to the microblog boasts two years ago of a young woman named Guo Meimei, who appeared to be an employee with extravagant tastes. Although the organisation has denied any connection, it has been unable to repair the damage or change perceptions that it mishandles donations. Regaining trust is not about pledges and promises, but genuine transparency and accountability.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 2:55am 1 comment

Charity's audit report falls flat

The government-backed China Charity Federation issued a belated audit report on Tuesday that details salary levels and administrative fees it charges on donations, but the move fails to dispel deep-rooted scepticism towards officially sanctioned NGOs.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Second blogger draws ire over wealth

While many of the public's questions remain unanswered about the curious wealth of Guo Meimei, the young woman whose online exhibition of her luxury cars and bags led to suspicions of abuse of charity money, another young woman is raising similar questions.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

I did not use Red Cross money, says scandal girl

Guo Meimei, the young woman who sparked a furore by claiming to be a manager affiliated with the Red Cross Society of China while flaunting her extravagant lifestyle online, says her possessions are not tied to the charity group.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cross stuck in the firing line

A new page created by the Red Cross Society of China on Sina Weibo, the Twitter-style social networking service, on Monday was meant to reach out to the public. Instead, in the latest development in a fierce online campaign against the mainland's biggest charity, it ended up being swamped by indignant comments.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am