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Investing in Resilience: The Role of Corporate Philanthropy in Future-Proofing Nonprofits

This article is republished here with permission from the original publisher, The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP). When COVID-19 first appeared on the horizon in February 2020, most of us saw it as something in the realm of a natural disaster—sudden and unexpected, frightening but short-term, and with limited geographic impact. We quickly learned… CONTINUE READING >>


Year-end giving in 2020: New challenges, new opportunities

Originally published in Alliance Magazine by Ted hart, President and CEO, CAF America December is traditionally a time to reflect on the chapter we’re about to close and look with hope and anticipation to the year ahead. It’s also a time marked by gratitude, goodwill, and generosity. So, it is perhaps no surprise that about… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF Russia

“There was no fortune and then misfortune helped – this Russian saying is very fitting to the latest development in taxation that happened due the COVID pandemic in Russia. For more than a decade Russian NGOs advocated for introduction of tax incentives for corporate donors, but the government was dead against it. When COVID hit,… CONTINUE READING >>


TUSEV

In response to COVID-19, the Turkish Government implemented several policies restricting CSOs from responding to the global pandemic. Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Services launched a national solidarity and donation campaign to consolidate COVID-19 fundraising and ban donation campaigns initiated by certain municipalities during the crisis. This decree disrupted many charitable projects and increased… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF Southern Africa

The Pivotal Role of Civil Society in South Africa South Africa, as well as the entire world, is facing unprecedented socio-economic consequences, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The South African non-profit sector, is likewise especially exposed, as it navigates a host of unintended consequences. CAF Southern Africa has undertaken a number of research… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF India

Strengthening NGOs – the backbone of the nation – during the COVID-19 crisis In just a matter of a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world to standby mode. In India, the government ordered a complete lockdown on March 25 to prevent the spread of the contagion. While the lockdown has been a… CONTINUE READING >>


World Malaria Day 2020

In 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic reaching a global scale, many of us are experiencing the real threat of an invisible and potentially deadly enemy for the first time. Many countries in the southern hemisphere—and mankind historically—have been battling against another similar but, time considered, more deadly ancient enemy. Malaria is consistently one of the… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America Donors Respond to the Australian Bushfires Through Impactful and Tax-Effective Philanthropy

As Australia reeled under the full brunt of the forces of nature, the world watched in concern. We’ve witnessed many disasters before, but the 2019-2020 Australian Bushfires presented an alarming case of the effects of climate change. The global community mobilized to aid a country in need.  From September 2019 and into the new year,… CONTINUE READING >>


How the CARES Act, as supplemented by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Impacts Charitable Giving

Watch the webinar Updated to include important new provisions outlined in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 in effect as of December 27, 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 is the sixth COVID-19 related bill enacted by the US Congress, being preceded by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, the Paycheck Protection… CONTINUE READING >>


How the CARES Act, as supplemented by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Impacts Charitable Giving

Watch the webinar Updated to include important new provisions outlined in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 in effect as of December 27, 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 is the sixth COVID-19 related bill enacted by the US Congress, being preceded by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, the Paycheck Protection… CONTINUE READING >>


Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Making a Gift Outside the USA

Published on GrantStation Fifteen years have passed since the world became virtually borderless. Tools like Skype, Facebook, and Twitter have enabled us to be more connected than ever before. Friends and families can now keep in touch even when oceans apart, news can be shared in real time, and action can be immediate. Yet a… CONTINUE READING >>


4 Ways Grantmakers Can Streamline Reporting

Foreign organizations are able to receive tax-effective charitable funding from the US if 1) the US grantor is able to make a good faith determination that the foreign organization is the equivalent of a US 501(c)(3) public charity (the grantor conducts an Equivalency Determination or ED), or 2) the grantor can establish that the funds… CONTINUE READING >>


Reading the Writings on the Wall: International Literacy Day 2019

First celebrated in 1967, International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy for the development of individuals and societies at large but also calls attention to a major global challenge and awareness loophole. Literacy levels across the globe have drastically risen in the last couple of centuries. While only 12% of people in the world… CONTINUE READING >>


International Day of Charity 2019: A World of Impact

Taking place every year on September 5th, the UN’s International Day of Charity serves as a great reminder each year to celebrate the power of philanthropy. In our quest to enable domestic and cross-border giving by American donors—individuals, foundations, and corporations—we have the privilege of witnessing philanthropy in action every day. Whether fighting to alleviate… CONTINUE READING >>


4 Questions you Should Consider Before Giving Abroad

Whether you’ve traveled to distant parts of the world and were inspired by the inventiveness of the communities you visited, read about an issue in a news article, or maybe just feel a special kinship with a given place, the desire to help somehow can quickly move to the top of your priority list. Supporting… CONTINUE READING >>


Philanthropy done well: the importance of compliance

Originally article posted by Alliance Magazine  NGOs and civil society organizations around the world serve many different roles. In some countries organizations seek to augment the public services provided by governments. Still others may be called upon to step in to cover the needs where governments fail, serve as watchdogs holding those in power accountable,… CONTINUE READING >>


Four Trends Dramatically Reshaping Corporate Philanthropy

Guest blog. Read the original on CyberGrants.com Don’t Just Do Good Things. Do the RIGHT Good Things. You see it: The need for corporate philanthropy is skyrocketing. Worthy, urgent causes appear literally overnight. And enterprises like yours are responding in a big way, generating positive impact for a host of beneficiaries via grantmaking, employee donations… CONTINUE READING >>


Corporate Citizen Congratulations

CAF America is committed to supporting US corporations in their global philanthropy and corporate citizenship efforts. We are so proud of the companies we work with and their dedication to good global citizenship, and we’re not surprised that several of them were included in CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking! We want to extend… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America Supports our Employees’ Philanthropy

As the leader in cross-border giving, CAF America’s core mission is to enable US donors to support charitable causes around the world. We make this happen through excellence in regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and reputational protection. This overarching purpose of excellence in philanthropy brings us together as staff members, each of whom is passionate about… CONTINUE READING >>


Can I Give my QCD to a DAF? And Other Questions

The giving season fosters conversations about the ways that philanthropically-inclined individuals can support charities in the easiest, safest, and most effective manner. One of these ways is making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). QCDs are gaining in popularity and we often receive questions about how they work, especially in… CONTINUE READING >>


5 Things to Know this Charitable Giving Season

This time of year is often known for the changing colors of the leaves, preparations for family gatherings, and the beginning of the holiday season. More importantly, it’s also the time for many Americans to make their charitable gifts before the end of the year. If you’re considering making some gifts this season, here are… CONTINUE READING >>


Investing with Purpose

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is one of the fastest-growing practices in finance and development, and it has further permeated the philanthropic sector within recent years. Amidst a growing recognition in the philanthropic sector that a foundation or individual donor’s investments could actually be undermining their own giving, investments have become more aware and attuned to… CONTINUE READING >>


Substantiating and Reporting Charitable Contributions: Requirements from the IRS

Effective July 30, 2018, the IRS published final regulations for Substantiation and Reporting Requirements for Cash and Noncash Charitable Contribution Deductions. These updates guide individuals, partnerships, and corporations making charitable contributions on how these contributions should be substantiated and reported in order for them to be legally tax-deductible. These regulations clarify existing regulations by adding new… CONTINUE READING >>


Is your Organization Compliant to Solicit Charitable Gifts in the U.S.?

The United States is a key source of funding for charitable organizations and causes across the globe, but soliciting donations in the US can be a complex and burdensome process. To start, let’s stay within the US borders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certifies the creation and oversees the activities of all charitable organizations in… CONTINUE READING >>


Celebrating International Cat Day and Global Conservation Efforts

August 8th is International Cat Day! This day is a celebration of one of the animals most widely-beloved by humans: the cat!  Since 2002 when the day was instituted by animal welfare groups, many of us cat fans take the time to do something special on August 8th. Whether it’s simply showing some extra love… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving to India? Compliance with the Newly Amended FCRA

Visit our COVID-19 Response page for a list of FCRA-approved charities fighting the 2021 COVID-19 surge in India. In Brief Donors in the United States may not give directly to nonprofits located in India and receive a tax deduction in the United States. By giving through a 501(c)(3) public charity, such as CAF America, US… CONTINUE READING >>


A Recap of IGS18

Some of the IGS18 Delegates in front of the Washington Monument! “The legal environment impacting cross-border giving is changing, and sadly not always for the better. But such laws are just part of a larger picture, an ever-changing tapestry of  environments, both domestically and around the world, that impact our work.Changes to our field can… CONTINUE READING >>


IGS18 – A Recap and What’s Next

“The legal environment impacting cross-border giving is changing, and sadly not always for the better. But such laws are just part of a larger picture, an ever-changing tapestry of  environments, both domestically and around the world, that impact our work.Changes to our field can be daunting but they can also be opportunities.” -Ted Hart, President… CONTINUE READING >>


11 Facts About Donor Advised Funds and Private Foundations

When evaluating options for best structuring charitable giving, donors often wish to assess the differences and benefits offered by creating a private foundation or opening a donor advised fund (DAF). While private foundations and DAFs enable strategic and tax-effective charitable giving, they differ enough that they can appeal to different types of donors, be more… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving to Canadian Charities? Make Sure You’re in Compliance

From time to time, our conversations with donor clients or charity partners reveal certain misconceptions within the philanthropic sector. One issue that continues to surface is that giving to Canadian charities is easy. Alas, it isn’t so simple. This piece addresses the erroneous belief that grantmaking into Canada does not require any due diligence. While… CONTINUE READING >>


Beyond the Medals

By Alisha Greenberg, Founder of Rounding Third, LLC If you are anything like me, you were glued to the television much of this month following the action in PyeongChang. I look forward to the Olympics as a sports fan and even more so as a sports impact leader. Sports impact, or the benefit that sports… CONTINUE READING >>


Is your Organization Compliant to Solicit Charitable Gifts in the U.S.?

The United States is a key source of funding for charitable organizations and causes across the globe, but soliciting donations in the US can be a complex and burdensome process. To start, let’s stay within the US borders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certifies the creation and oversees the activities of all charitable organizations in… CONTINUE READING >>


The Latest from the IRS on DAFs, Donor Pledges, and other Donor Benefits

The IRS released an important notice regarding donor advised funds (DAFs) on December 4th, 2017 and has begun soliciting public comments on a number of issues concerning distributions from DAFs. While at this time only Section 4 has been posted by the IRS as guidance taxpayers may currently rely on, there is much to learn… CONTINUE READING >>


IRS Provides New “Checklist” to Determine Whether a Foreign Charity Qualifies to Receive Tax-Deductible Gifts from Americans without Triggering an Excise Tax

For the first time, the IRS has clearly defined and expanded upon what tax attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents should take into consideration when facilitating cross-border gifts to foreign charities. Read the full article on Bloomberg BNA Software Be sure to listen to our Radio show, “What You Need To Know About: New IRS Guidelines… CONTINUE READING >>


Intermediary Organizations (IOs) and Corporate Giving: Partnerships That Can Add Value and Increase Impact

By Chris Park, Corporate Giving Consultant For the more than 25 years that I have worked in corporate philanthropy I have repeatedly had people comment, “How hard can THAT job be?” Yes, directing where a company donates its charitable contributions is a great job, but it isn’t an easy one. And it is made harder… CONTINUE READING >>


Granting to China Made “Easy?”

The China Overseas NGO Management Law, officially the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China” went into effect January 1, 2017. The law requires that foreign NGOs coordinate their efforts with the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and provides the framework within… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America Hosts Diaspora Philanthropy Summit

On November 2nd-3rd, CAF America had the immense honor of hosting its Diaspora Philanthropy Summit at the organizational headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. With CAF Canada and Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies African Studies Center as partners, the Summit brought together representatives from diaspora groups from across the world and served as an incubator for… CONTINUE READING >>


Donor Advised Funds for Retirees: Planned Giving and Bequests

We are about to witness the largest-ever transfer of wealth between generations. Charitable giving has been steadily increasing during the past few years and there is a strong chance that the wealth of the Baby Boomer generation will result in the largest philanthropic boom seen since the era of Rockefeller and Carnegie. The difference being… CONTINUE READING >>


CAF America Celebrates UN Day

On October 24, 2017, the CAF America team gathered in our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the United Nations. As an organization that helps Americans support important causes across the world, CAF America has been aligning our grantmaking with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2016. As a staff,… CONTINUE READING >>


Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Grantmakers: The Good, The Bad and The Regulatory

A recent announcement by the Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, is giving the charitable sector new reason to celebrate. For years, governments have cautioned potential donors that the entire charitable sector, made up primarily of Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs), is at a greater risk for being used to commit money laundering and other illegal activities…. CONTINUE READING >>


Charity Spotlight: Haribon Foundation

In Philippine Tagalog, Haribon means King of the Birds. Within the archipelago nation, there lives a true Haribon – one of the largest, most powerful, and rarest birds in the world – the Philippine Eagle. The majestic bird makes its home along the lush forests and coastlines of the Philippine archipelago – one of the… CONTINUE READING >>


IRS Publishes New Guidelines for Equivalency Determination

Many international grantmakers in the U.S. were very pleased when in 2015 the Department of Treasury published its final regulations called “Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations.”  


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Fighting Hunger in Colombia

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% of Colombia’s population experiences malnutrition,… CONTINUE READING >>

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