Communities in Focus: The Fundamentals of Place-Based Grantmaking

Published on November 29, 2023 Philanthropy has traditionally focused on addressing individual needs, rather than looking at an environment holistically. In recent years, particularly following the Covid-19 pandemic and global social justice movements, philanthropists and stakeholders have embraced a new approach to grantmaking that creates systemic change throughout a community. This approach, known as place-based… CONTINUE READING >>

OFAC Issues Guidance for Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinian People

Image: View of Albert Gallatin Statue US Flag US Treasury Department Washington DC. Statue by James Fraser, 1947. November 20, 2023 On November 14th, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the US Department of Treasury released a new Compliance Communique titled “Guidance for the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinian People.” It… CONTINUE READING >>

SA Harvest’s Journey Towards a Hunger-Free South Africa

Volunteer carries a bag of fruit as part of SA Harvest’s rescued food delivery program “No one ever goes to sleep with an empty stomach in our community due to the help we are getting from SA Harvest. Crime has dropped in our community because people have something to eat. Before SA Harvest assisted us,… CONTINUE READING >>

Into UnchartED Territory: Navigating International Grants Beyond Equivalency Determination Certificates

Published on November 1, 2023 The US Equivalency Determination (ED) certificate is the world’s most flexible tool foundations can use to make cross-border grants, giving US grantmakers the unique ability to grant unrestricted funds to non-US organizations that meet the necessary criteria. However, it’s important for grantmakers to approach the use of ED certificates thoughtfully in… CONTINUE READING >>

Building a Brighter Future: Fazendo História Changes the Lives and Livelihoods of Brazilian Foster Children

Nós Group program participants (adolescents 14–19 years old) gather for an activity “The Nós Group is helping us plan our lives according to the reality around us, opening doors for those seeking courses, classes, work, and everything that can help in our development.” — Tayná, in her second year with Grupo Nós. Published on October… CONTINUE READING >>

Empowering Nonprofits for GivingTuesday: CAF America’s Toolkit and Playbook

  October 19, 2023 Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement transforming the way people give back to their communities for nearly a decade. In 2012, Giving Tuesday was born from a simple yet profound idea: a day that encourages people to do good, to be kind, and to extend a helping hand to those… CONTINUE READING >>

The Five Best Year-End American Strategies for Worldwide Charitable Giving

October 16, 2023 The holiday season is a traditional time of joy, generosity, and reflection, where the spirit of giving shines brightly. It’s a time when many of us are inspired to give back to our communities, and support causes close to our hearts. CAF America is a global grantmaking organization enabling Americans to support… CONTINUE READING >>

Profile of Impact: The Crann Centre

This interview is a part of CAF America’s Story of Impact on the Crann Centre in Ireland. If you’d like to learn more about the Crann Centre’s work, you can read their full story, Transforming Lives: Crann’s Innovative Approach to Holistic Disability Care, by clicking below.

Transforming Lives: Crann’s Innovative Approach to Holistic Disability Care

Image: Skills on Wheels program lead celebrates the success of a boy learning to use his wheelchair Published on October 5, 2023 “Last year my daughter could not get up on a step, even a small step, she didn’t have the confidence to do it, she was kind of afraid. And the difference from last… CONTINUE READING >>

Reactions to Natural Disasters in Morocco and Libya: Contrasting Emergency Responses and The Factors Behind Them

Image: Grocers stall selling fresh fruit and vegetables in the Marrakech Medina souk market before the September 8th earthquake. Published on October 4, 2023 In just a few days, two major natural disasters struck the African continent, impacting hundreds of thousands of lives. Morocco experienced a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake on September 8th, causing significant casualties… CONTINUE READING >>

India Announces Extension of FCRA Eligibility

September 26, 2023 On September 25, 2023, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced an extension of the FCRA registration certificates pending renewal, either until March 31, 2024, or until their renewal application has been processed, whichever is earlier. Importantly, all organizations with registration certificates previously set to expire by September 30, 2023 and who have… CONTINUE READING >>

Earthquake in Morocco: Updates from the Field

Image: A Berber village in the High Atlas mountain range before the September 8th earthquake devastated the region. Published on September 15, 2023 On Friday, September 8th, a powerful, 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountain range, primarily affecting the city of Marrakech and surrounding areas. The earthquake has resulted in over 2,900 people killed,… CONTINUE READING >>

CAF America Announces Launch of Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund

September 11, 2023 Today CAF America announced the launch of the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund in response to the acute and immediate need for humanitarian aid after a catastrophic 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Morocco late Friday night (September 8th). With over 2,600 reported deaths and 2,500 injured in critical condition (and rising), this earthquake has devastated… CONTINUE READING >>

Empowering Youth and Building Bridges

Image: Campers at La Chabotte summer camp after playing basketball, Sport dans la Ville Published on July 20, 2023 At CAF America, we are deeply committed to supporting organizations that make a real difference in their communities. One such organization is Sport dans la Ville—a French non-profit dedicated to serving children and young people in… CONTINUE READING >>

Radio Poland Interview: Q&A with CEO Ted Hart

Image: Ted Hart presenting at the Polish Philanthropy Summit, May 31, 2023. Image courtesy of Marcin Skiba. June 27, 2023 Recently, the CAF America team traveled to Poland, where they met with government officials, grantees, and partners across the region to discuss philanthropy in Poland and the ongoing state of humanitarian relief and long-term assistance… CONTINUE READING >>

Creating a More Equitable Lens for Supporting Overlooked Countries Struck by Disaster

June 20, 2023 Economic turmoil, long-lasting conflicts, the climate crisis, and shockwaves from the Covid-19 pandemic have sparked humanitarian crises that disproportionately affect the world’s most vulnerable populations. Too often, international systems treat crises as though they are short-lived. Many countries are stuck in a protracted state of emergency as a multitude of factors prolong… CONTINUE READING >>

OFAC Issues General Licenses for Humanitarian Activities in Sudan

Image: View of Khartoum, Sudan and the Nile River. June 2, 2023 Yesterday, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a series of four General Licenses authorizing certain activities in Sudan. These new Licenses define exceptions to the May 4, 2023 Executive Order 14098 (“Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons… CONTINUE READING >>

CAF America and UNDP to Partner for the 8th Annual International Grantmaking Symposium

June 6, 2023 CAF America and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced they will partner to host the Eighth Annual International Grantmaking Symposium (IGS), which will take place on November 7–8, 2023 in New York City and bring together leaders in the field to learn effective strategies for cross-border giving from the US… CONTINUE READING >>

CAF America Looks to the Future of Philanthropy in Poland

May 31, 2023 This week, CAF America President and CEO Ted Hart traveled to Poland, where he and the CAF America team met with US government officials, grantees, and partners across the region to discuss philanthropy in Poland and the ongoing state of humanitarian relief and long-term assistance for Ukrainian refugees. Since the beginning of… CONTINUE READING >>

Earthquake Response in Türkiye and Syria Continues: Reports from the Field

May 11, 2023 In early February 2023, devastating earthquakes hit south central Türkiye and northern Syria, causing a widespread humanitarian crisis throughout the region. Read here about the ongoing situation there, and what CAF America’s local grantees are doing to help. In Türkiye, the earthquake heavily affected eleven provinces; approximately 14 million people resided within… CONTINUE READING >>

Partnering with Australian Charities to Create Change

May 2, 2023 Last month, CAF America President and CEO Ted Hart, in conjunction with Good2Give, hosted a signature Together Gathering event in Sydney. The event brought together over thirty representatives from local foundations, humanitarian organizations, international charities, and corporate partners from the greater Sydney area. Participants heard from local experts on the topic of… CONTINUE READING >>

Intermediaries and the Challenge of Localization

April 25, 2023 This is the second part in our series on localization and grantmaking intermediaries. To learn more about the localization agenda and its origins, please read the first post in this series, “CAF America Champions the Localization Agenda.” Within the philanthropic sector, the word “intermediary” can mean several different things; and better definition… CONTINUE READING >>

CAF America President & CEO Visiting Grantees in the United Kingdom, Türkiye, and Australia

March 24, 2023 CAF America President and CEO Ted Hart is embarking on a multi-week trip to London, United Kingdom; Istanbul, Türkiye; and Sydney, Australia. During this trip, Ted will meet with a number of CAF America’s most prominent donor clients, charities, and global partners in each region. On April 12, CAF America, in partnership… CONTINUE READING >>

A Changing Philanthropic Landscape in India

March 22, 2023 The landscape of giving in India is vibrant and dynamic, with a thriving digital ecosystem, a young giving population, a growing network of high-net-worth individuals, and increasing involvement from corporations as a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. This vibrant space has developed over the past decades within a complex… CONTINUE READING >>

Reflecting on Impact: One Year After the Invasion of Ukraine

February 21, 2023 As the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine approaches, we’re taking a moment to step back and recognize the commitment of our donors to humanitarian relief stemming from this conflict. Since the beginning of the invasion, CAF America has made over $37 million in donor-advised and restricted grants; our donors… CONTINUE READING >>

CAF America Welcomes New Authorization for Earthquake Relief in Syria

UPDATE: September 21, 2023 August 8 saw the expiration of OFAC’s General License 23, but providing humanitarian relief in Syria is still allowed under Section 542.516 of the existing sanctions regime. Known as the “Syria NGO General License,” it permits funding for relief of basic human needs, albeit with higher due diligence requirements for financial… CONTINUE READING >>

Recent OFAC General Licenses Facilitate Earthquake Relief Efforts in Türkiye & Syria

February 7, 2023 Already torn apart by a decade of war that has left millions of people displaced and homeless, the humanitarian situation in Syria could not be more dire. Since the beginning of the conflict, supporting charitable activities within Syria and assisting displaced Syrians in bordering countries has been deemed extremely high risk for… CONTINUE READING >>

CAF America Announces Launch of Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

February 6, 2023 CAF America today announced the launch of the Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund in response to the acute and immediate need for humanitarian aid after a catastrophic 7.8 earthquake struck south central Türkiye and northern Syria early this morning (February 6). With over three thousand reported deaths (and rising), this earthquake… CONTINUE READING >>

Closing the Entrepreneurship Gender Gap

Gill Ingosi, founder of the interior design business, Brighter Spaces Interiors Published on January 9, 2023 More women than ever are pursuing careers as entrepreneurs; however, women around the world still face gender biases and limited support from their communities, governments, and venture capital. In a recent survey conducted by the Cherie Blair Foundation for… CONTINUE READING >>



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