CAF America Welcomes New OFAC General Licenses for Humanitarian Aid

December 21, 2022 Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released a set of new and updated General Licenses that authorize four types of broad-ranging activities supporting much-needed humanitarian aid and assistance. The activities covered include: The official business of the U.S. government; The official business of certain international… CONTINUE READING >>


Responding Quickly and Effectively in Times of Disaster

December 2, 2022 At CAF America, we support donors who want to build long-term partnerships with local organizations and create meaningful impact, anywhere in the world. This model is particularly relevant when communities we grant to are impacted by natural disasters, political crises, or other emergencies. After responding to the many global emergencies that have… CONTINUE READING >>


A Firsthand Look at Ukrainian Humanitarian Response and Upcoming Challenges

November 30, 2022 Russia continues to target key Ukrainian infrastructure, leading to electricity outages, supply chain disruptions, and increased challenges for global civil society to provide humanitarian aid. It is expected that a second wave of up to 750,000 more Ukrainian refugees may cross the border into Poland alone over the next three months. Without… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America Helps Charities in the Middle East Access Much-Needed Funding, Despite Complex Restrictions

November 22, 2022 Many donors are intimidated by the challenges of supporting charities and charitable activities in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. Extensive registration requirements, regulations on foreign funding, and a complex sanctions landscape can lead many funders to avoid giving in the region altogether. In this heightened risk environment, CAF America… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America President & CEO Hosts Gathering in Warsaw and Meets with Local Organizations on the Current State of Aid to Ukrainian Refugees

November 17, 2022 On November 14, CAF America President and CEO Ted Hart, in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce Poland, hosted a signature “Together Gathering” event in Warsaw with local grantees and partners. The event brought together key stakeholders from Poland and Ukraine, including over forty representatives from local foundations, humanitarian organizations, international… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America President & CEO Visiting Grantees in Switzerland, Czechia, Poland, Türkiye

November 10, 2022 CAF America President and CEO Ted Hart is embarking on a multi-week trip to four cities across Europe. Ted will travel to Geneva, Switzerland; Prague, Czechia; Warsaw, Poland; and Istanbul, Türkiye. During this trip, Ted will meet with a number of CAF America’s most prominent donor clients, charities, and global partners in… CONTINUE READING >>


Lessons in Employee Engagement for Disaster Relief

September 21, 2022 Since the beginning of 2020, CAF America has granted more than $150 million to charities working on emergency response funded by our generous corporate and corporate foundation donors.  While the private sector has stepped up to address some of the most vulnerable populations impacted by natural disasters, pandemic, and war, CAF America… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America Champions the Localization Agenda

September 14, 2022 While CAF America can support any regulatory-compliant charitable activity around the world, a large portion of our grants support international development and humanitarian action. These projects don’t happen in a vacuum – our projects are implemented in the context of a larger international agenda that is set at the level of the… CONTINUE READING >>


UN’s Sustainable Development Strategy Discounts the Potential of Philanthropic Giving

July 29, 2022 This month’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is the main event of the International Sustainable Development community. For 9 days over 3 weeks, delegations to the UN, civil society groups, and a bevy of other Major Groups and development thought leaders descended on New York City to discuss the world’s… CONTINUE READING >>


Changing the World Through Play

Published on June 30, 2022 Active play and education when working hand and hand can go far in advancing community development. Coaches Across Continents (CAC), an NGO registered in both the USA and UK, links all three through their unique Self-Directed learning model that educates people through play to identify, address, and solve problems specific… CONTINUE READING >>


India’s Ministry of Home Affairs further extends FCRA eligibility

Updated October 10, 2022 On September 23, 2022, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced an extension of FCRA registration certificates until March 31, 2023, or until their renewal application has been processed, whichever is earlier. Many FCRA registrations had previously set to expire on September 30, 2022. The extension only applies to organizations whose FCRA… CONTINUE READING >>


Welcoming Ukrainian Refugees in Bulgaria

Published on June 14, 2022 Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the United Nations estimates that 7 million people have fled the country to seek refuge in neighboring countries while 8 million have been displaced within Ukraine itself. BCause Foundation, a nonprofit organization (NPO) based in Bulgaria and a member of the CAF… CONTINUE READING >>


Fighting Cancer with Bottle Caps

Published on June 13, 2022 Banco de Tapitas A.C., a charity located in Mexico, emphasizes that every individual has the personal responsibility to recycle and ensure that plastic no longer reaches our oceans. While promoting environmental change, the organization has linked recycling to saving the lives of children battling cancer and in 2021 alone, provided… CONTINUE READING >>


Donors Warned to Prepare for Global Food Crisis

June 8, 2022 Sparked by the war in Ukraine and general climate-related impacts on harvests, international organizations are sounding the alarm as war in Ukraine and climate change shocks fuel a global food crisis. A June 6, 2022 report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP, a… CONTINUE READING >>


Developing Digital Learning in India

Published on June 7, 2022 During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, children around the world struggled to continue their education in the midst of lockdowns and quarantine. Particularly in India, widespread school closures and a lack of technological development within the education system left teachers wondering how they could effectively reach their students. CLT… CONTINUE READING >>


Fighting Hunger in Colombia

Published on August 20, 2021 A 2018 United Nations study found that food insecurity is a deadlier crisis than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined: 9 million people die each year from hunger and hunger-related diseases. Banco de Alimentos was founded in 2001 to reduce food insecurity in the Columbian capital of Bogotá. A staggering 16.4%… CONTINUE READING >>


The Game Changers

Published on August 1, 2019 Participating in an after-school debate or a Model United Nations club, or being part of a basketball team are experiences many remember as an exciting foundation of their youth. However, for youth at risk—as are over 75% of school kids who have experienced violence—engaging in an after-school program can be… CONTINUE READING >>


Indigenous Women in Guatemala Lift Themselves Out of Poverty

Published on October 15, 2018 Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. More than half of all Guatemalans live in poverty. A similar percentage of the country’s residents are under age 19. In such an environment, young women are disproportionately vulnerable, especially if they are part of a historically persecuted indigenous communities. In… CONTINUE READING >>


OFAC Announces New General Licenses for Afghanistan

Updated February 28, 2022 On February 25, 2022 the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released General License 20. The General License authorizes all transactions involving Afghanistan or its governing institutions that were previously prohibited by Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 594 (GTSR), the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part… CONTINUE READING >>


New Sanctions on Russia: What Donors Need to Know

Updated on July 14, 2022 CAF America continues to monitor the growing number of U.S. sanctions on Russia. We remain committed to facilitating regulatory-compliant grants to charity partners that follow CAF America’s policies and all relevant U.S. laws and regulations. During this period of rapid change, CAF America is here to help interpret what these… CONTINUE READING >>


India Extends FCRA Eligibility as 6,000 NGOs Lose License

January 4, 2022 On December 31, 2021, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced an extension of FCRA registration certificates until March 31, 2022, or until their renewal application has been processed, whichever is earlier. Many FCRA registrations had previously set to expire on October 31, 2021, and subsequently, December 31, 2021 after the Ministry issued… CONTINUE READING >>


Granting to International Government Entities

Published on March 25, 2022 Grantmakers seeking to fund international charitable work must be familiar with Equivalency Determination (ED) and Expenditure Responsibility (ER) as tools for establishing the charitable purpose of their beneficiaries and their programs. However, many grantmakers are not aware that there is an additional Executive Order (22 U.S.C. 288) which enables grantmakers… CONTINUE READING >>


Best Practices for Disaster and Crisis Grantmaking

Published on March 2, 2022 The pandemic’s systemic shock has created a new reality that challenges corporations to examine long-term policy changes. A significant aspect of this is how corporations strategize for disaster philanthropy. We can classify disaster philanthropy as reactive, responding to each successive crisis, or as proactive, wherein grants to a charity foster… CONTINUE READING >>


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