Donations to charities in China plunge after scandals

BEIJING - Charitable donations in China have plunged more than 80 percent because of public mistrust in the wake of recent allegations that some charities have misused money, media reported on Thursday.
Donations to charitable groups and foundations fell to 840 million yuan ($131.99 million) from June to August, from 6.26 billion the previous three months, the Times Weekly said, citing the Ministry of Civil Affairs' China Charity and Donation Information Center.
One of the reasons for the drop in donations was "people have become suspicious...after Guo's scandal", the Beijing Times quoted Zhao Baige, executive vice president of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC), as saying.
Zhao was referring to Guo Meimei, 20, who acknowledged she had falsely described herself as the general manager at the Society while posting photos on her microblog showing her in a Maserati sports car and carrying several expensive handbags.
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