Individuals would be allowed to mobilize, receive, distribute and use voluntary donations but have to report and make public relevant information when requested, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) says in a draft decree to revise Decree 64 of 2008.
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Accordingly, the MOF gives two options regarding management of donations mobilized by individual philanthropists to help victims of disasters, epidemics and incidents and patients with fatal diseases.
As per the first option, individual philanthropists who mobilize, receive and distribute voluntary donations would have to notify local administrations of the localities where they reside of the purposes, scope, methods, and forms of mobilization, and accounts or places for receiving contributions in kind.
They would also be required to inform authorities in localities where they intend to conduct philanthropist activities of the scope and level of support and time of support provision and work with the latter to distribute mobilized contributions and ensure social order and safety.
Under the second option, upon occurrence of disasters, epidemics or incidents, causing damage to people and property or affecting people’s lives, individuals would be free to mobilize voluntary donations to help victims overcome difficulties as long as they obey relevant laws.
For organizations wishing to mobilize voluntary contributions for relief activities, the draft requires them to make public information related to donations, e.g., places and methods of receiving money and relief goods, beneficiaries and support levels before and while mobilizing donations by posting such information at their head offices or community halls or on their websites for 30 days.- (VLLF)