This chapter examines the growth of the third sector in Taiwan. Taiwan's civil society is intertwined with its recent history; many of the country's current civil society organizations emerged during the struggle for democracy and against one-party rule during the era of martial law. Civil society's relatively recent role in the transition to democracy is empowering it to advocate on behalf of the underrepresented and underserved, pairing activism with professionalization. This chapter first provides an overview of the formal and legal development of the Taiwanese third sector, along with its sources of funding and some of the challenges it faces. It also looks at two nonprofit organizations and their activities: the Children Are Us Foundation (CAREUS) and the Eden Social Welfare Foundation.
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