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Saturday, March 25, 2023

New method of making donations to be specified

Updated: 14:37’ - 04/06/2021
Benefactors could make donations by bank transfer, instead of traditional ways such as giving donations in person to trustees or putting into donation boxes.

Such is proposed by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in a draft circular guiding the management of financial revenues and expenditures for the organization of festivals and donations and sponsorship for relics and festive activities.

Under the draft, the provision of donation and sponsors for organization of festivals as well as for relics and festive activities must be carried out on a voluntary basis. It would be prohibited to compel organizations or individuals to contribute funds or sponsorship for festivals or relics or to consider making donations or sponsorship as a condition for being licensed to organize festivals or entitled to participate in or conduct researches on festivals or relics. The imposition of an average or a minimum level of donation or sponsorship would be also disallowed.

In addition, donations and sponsorship accompanied by conditions that distort the nature, contents, historical significance, cultural value ​​and traditions of festivals, negatively affect relics’ architecture, infringe upon landscape, or violate the law on cultural heritages or belief and religion would be rejected.

The draft paper specifies that donations and sponsorship for organization of festivals and for relics would be neither placed under private ownership nor remitted into the state budget but used to cover expenses for festive activities and management and use of relics according to regulations.- (VLLF)


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