You are here

December 21, 2017

What Constitutes “Proof of Funding” When Filing for a Temporary Activity?

In conversation with The China NGO project, multiple NGOs have expressed confusion about the exact documentation required to satisfy the requirement for “proof of funding” (“资金来源证明材料”) when filing for a temporary activity. We are unaware of detailed written guidance on this point, and different foreign NGOs have reported supplying different documentation.

Most recently, one NGO said it provided the following as part of its successful filing for a temporary activity:

  • A recent bank statement that showed: a) the NGO’s current account balance, b) the average balance over the last 12 months, and c) the NGO’s “customer information” (that the account was held by the NGO in question, and who the signatories were--in this case, the NGO’s treasurer and three other people).
  • A letter from one of the NGO’s bank account signatories saying that the NGO’s account contained enough funds to support the temporary activity (the letter specified this amount based on the estimated temporary activity cost the NGO had provided in its other filing documentation). This letter was notarized.
  • A New York All-Purpose Acknowledgment form, complying with Real Property Law Section 309a which attests to the legitimacy of the previous two documents. (The NGO in question is based in New York State.) The acknowledgment form was also notarized.

To read further about one NGO’s experiences with temporary activity filing, see our blog post on one of the first foreign NGOs to file for and carry out a temporary activity.

Support ChinaFile

Tell us more!

Do you have more information to add to this FAQ? Does your experience differ from what we’ve reported here?

Send us your corrections, additions, and thoughts. Contact us at or using one of the other contact formats listed on our About page.