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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 >>


Basketball as a Vehicle for Change: An interview with Mark Crandall, Founder of Hoops 4 Hope

Amidst a growing recognition of sport as a unifying force — no matter where in the world it’s played — CAF America is dedicating the month of April to highlighting the work of  our donors and partners who use sports to promote tolerance, accountability and respect. In a recent blog post, a story of reconciliation… CONTINUE READING >>


Rwanda and Cricket: A Story of Reconciliation

“At one point, I saw my mother try to run away. She made it out of the door, but they killed her under the tree with machetes. When the killing was done, they pulled all the bodies out of the house and into the courtyard. I couldn’t recognise anyone. They were all cut up. Disfigured…. CONTINUE READING >>


Philanthropy and the SDGs: A Real Opportunity or Just Another Set of Buzzwords?

In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the U.N. unanimously adopted the new global agenda. These 17 goals and 169 targets will decide the world’s common action towards tackling some of the most encumbering problems of humanity during the upcoming 15 years. But who, exactly, is this world that is taking action? The proponents… CONTINUE READING >>


Women at the Heart of Philanthropy and Gender Equality

SDG #5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls On March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. This day has always advocated for an expanded view of women beyond their role in the family. As women’s political, economic, and social achievements are increasingly recognized, the world also remembers how far we still… CONTINUE READING >>


Charity Spotlight: The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

At the beginning of the 20th century, an estimated 1000 Saimaa Ringed Seals populated Lake Saimaa in Finland.  By 1983, only 150 of these seals survived net fishing, which is still to date the biggest threat for the ringed seals. With unwavering and relentless awareness campaigns like that of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation,… CONTINUE READING >>


Extinction to Preservation: Celebrating Diversity this International Mother Language Day

Perhaps more than ever before, there is a push across the world to preserve some of the 6,000 languages that exist on our planet. This goal is not free of challenge however, as according to the BBC, over 90% of these languages are spoken by only 100,000 people or less. With the rise of English… CONTINUE READING >>


Charity Spotlight: Bright Future International

Bright Future International (BFI) is a charitable organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children around the world. It funds arts and educational enrichment programs for children through partnerships with local and international organizations that seek to instill values of compassion, self-esteem, and the desire to help others. Founded in 2008 by Mr. Anthony Melikhov, a former… CONTINUE READING >>


Charity Spotlight: Nochlezhka

Nochlezhka is a rehabilitation center in St. Petersburg, Russia, that provides holistic services for homeless men and women. The organization, created in 1990 and functioning as a certified charitable organization since 1997, was conceived by a group of compassionate individuals concerned about the situation of the homeless in their city. Since, it has evolved to… CONTINUE READING >>


The Sound of Resurgence: Radio 2.0

Apparently, just like karma or fashion, radio has come and gone and is now back again. With the advent of television and the internet, it seemed like the platform that brought us FDR’s fire-side chats, Radio-Free Europe, emergency broadcast systems, and allowed music to transcend borders, would end up disappearing into history. As World Radio… CONTINUE READING >>


World Cancer Day 2016: Uniting for a Cure

Cancer, one of the world’s most dreadful diseases takes the loved ones of millions every year, among them multiple beloved celebrities within just the first few weeks of 2016. As we recognize World Cancer Day on February 4th, we cannot help but hope that the time when humanity can breathe a sigh of relief is… CONTINUE READING >>


The Sustainable Development Goals: A Plan for 2016 and Beyond

As we find ourselves only a number of days into 2016, it’s the time of year when many of us commit to altering our lifestyles in an attempt to abide bold resolutions.  The beginning of this year, however, marks an important benchmark for humanity itself. The world — under the auspices of the United Nations… CONTINUE READING >>


Flushing Away the Issues, One Toilet at a Time

SDG #6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Pehle Shauchalaya, phir Devalaya (peh-lay shah-cha-lay, fir they-va-lay). This might not say much to the those who don’t understand the Indian national language, Hindi, but the phrase – which translates to “Toilets First, Temples Later”- speaks volumes about the sanitation initiative sweeping… CONTINUE READING >>


A New Canadian Stereotype Worth Having: L’esprit de Générosité

O, Canada. There are many things that come to mind when people hear your name. A list of common stereotypes about Canadians could follow this sentence, but instead of rehashing tired generalizations, how about adding a new one? After all, not all stereotypes are negative. With the release of the 2015 World Giving Index (WGI),… CONTINUE READING >>


Does Prosperity Lead to Charity? Re-visiting the 2014 World Giving Index

Providing a “global view on giving trends” is the aim of the World Giving Index (WGI), the annual report of the Charities Aid Foundation that explores questions defining charitable behaviour across the world. As the release of the 2015 WGI quickly approaches, it is an opportune time to revisit last edition’s most memorable findings. Highlighting… CONTINUE READING >>


Trends in Diaspora Giving and Global Impact

Diaspora giving is not a novel idea or an emerging movement. Recent technological innovations however, have made it easier than ever for donors to support causes in their countries of origin. Historically, it has been common for immigrants and their descendants to maintain close ties to their native communities by sending money to family members… CONTINUE READING >>


Dollars to Rupees: When Diaspora Interests and Corporate Philanthropy Align

Over the past decade, international corporate philanthropy has undergone a significant transformation. Overseas gifts by U.S.-based companies were once made only in the face of natural disasters or violent conflicts. However, the globalization of business and the burgeoning zeitgeist that corporations must not only do well – but also do good – has led influential… CONTINUE READING >>


Cocoa to Commerce: When Challenges Become Opportunities

This piece was originally featured on the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s blog here. A simple paradox has presented itself across the globe in the realm of rural farming: How can smallholder farmers increase their productivity and incomes, when they do not have the financing and training needed to grow a substantial yield in the… CONTINUE READING >>


Searching for the Good in the Migrant & Refugee Crisis

 On Thursday, September 24, 2015, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress for the first time in history, and made a “radical” statement about the dire circumstances that refugees are facing across the world —  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Yes, that’s right, the Golden Rule…. CONTINUE READING >>


Partnering for Peace: Building Bridges and Burgers to Connect Cultures

  We can all stop holding our breath — the much anticipated      McWhopper is not going to happen.[1] The proposed jointly-  created “peace burger” between Burger King and McDonald’s  to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21st   seems to have eluded us this time around– instead    McDonald’s and Burger King… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving in the Spirit of Mandela Day: The State of Charity and Development in South Africa

Ted Hart, CEO – CAF America Nelson Mandela International Day, launched by the UN General Assembly in 2009, is a global call for service inspired by the legacy Nelson Mandela left behind. Celebrated annually on July 18 in honor of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, it is important to remember the message that led to its creation…. CONTINUE READING >>


Giving Securely in Mexico

Understanding the New Anti-Money Laundering Law and its Effect on Charitable Organizations Ted Hart, CEO – CAF America On September 1, 2013 a new law entitled “The Federal Law for the Prevention and Identification of Operations with Illegally Acquired Funds” went into effect in Mexico. The law was largely enacted to protect the national economy… CONTINUE READING >>


Africa Leapfrogs its Way to a Long and Prosperous Future

Energy is necessary for the industrialization and economic development of all nations, and according to the World Bank, it is also a key component to reducing poverty. Some 600 million people in Africa still don’t have access to electricity, which means they have limitations on things that industrialized nations take for granted. They don’t have refrigerators to store food, their main activities are mostly limited to daylight hours, and they still have to carry their water and collect wood and other biomass fuels by hand. All of these factors force them to solely focus on their day-to-day survival and restrict their time, their potential to learn, and their ability to develop and work their way out of poverty.


The Changing Landscape of NGOs in China

All eyes have been on China, with one fifth of the world’s population, the second largest economy in the world, and an annual GDP growth rate of ~10%. However, in tandem with such tremendous growth there has been a parallel increase in social and environmental challenges. From excessive coal burning and dangerous levels of pollution (to the point where it is affecting the ability to attract employees in large cities), to huge income disparities and migrant worker challenges as workers flee to the cities to earn a livelihood but do not have the legal right to reside in those cities.

The good news is that the Chinese government is recognizing the important role that nonprofits, and to a lesser extent companies, can play in addressing some of these social issues. There are encouraging signs that the government wants to involve more social resources to resolve social problems together.

We have created a “Top Trends” list based on our knowledge and the experiences of our clients.


The Future: Exploring the Experiences of Refugees Across the Globe (Part 3)

(by Thelmany Khieu)

Practice empathy by taking a moment to consider what it would feel like if you were suddenly forced to flee from your home. What would you do? Where would you go? What would you bring? In the spirit of World Refugee Day, consider taking the opportunity to support the incredible individuals of the world who face their uncertain futures boldly and courageously.


The Present: Exploring the Experiences of Refugees Across the Globe (Part 2)

(by Thelmany Khieu)

Refugees are a very real and current topic of discussion today. Although their stories may lack significant coverage in the press, the reality is that many individuals continue to leave the only home they ever knew to travel to different countries in hopes of asylum. Every individual has a story, and there are many organizations who offer support for these refugees.


The Past: Exploring the Experiences of Refugees Across the Globe (Part 1)

(by Thelmany Khieu)

In honor of this year’s World Refugee Day theme: “1 family apart by war is too many,” I am sharing my father’s own account of how he came to the United States. My father can recite the exact date of his arrival to America: June 29, 1979, as if it were yesterday. He was one out of millions affected by the Khmer Rouge.


10 Ways to Help #DefeatMalaria on World Malaria Day

Spring! Warm weather, sunshine, flowers, and… mosquitoes. In many parts of the United States, these annoying creatures come sooner than people would like. Fortunately, they’re usually no more than a nuisance. But what do they mean for people in other parts of the world?

Imagine a mosquito. It bites you. You get a bump, it itches, and a few days later it’s gone. That’s it, the end.

Except when it’s not. In many countries, that bite can mean so much more. It can mean malaria- illness, oppressive medical expenses, and death.

However, did you know that malaria is preventable and curable?


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» Infographic: Four Startling Realities About Women Worldwide

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World Water Day: 4 Perspectives from Around the Globe

Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day. Water is a significant part of everyday life, and many people in the developed world might not typically think twice about it. How is water viewed in different contexts around the globe?


World Water Day: 4 Water Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day. In honor of the day, here are four water facts you probably didn’t know.


Four Startling Realities About Women Worldwide

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. In this post, we have an infographic showing four startling realities about women worldwide.


10 Empowering Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. International Women’s Day began in 1908 when 15,000 audacious women marched throughout the streets of New York City to demand shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights. In 1975, the United Nations gave official recognition to International Women’s Day, and it is now an official holiday in 27 countries. Since then, it has become a global day of celebration for the major accomplishments of women.


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In 1983, a group of volunteers set out to create a summer camp unlike any other in Canada – a camp where children diagnosed with cancer can feel adventurous and can just be kids. Located in the province of Ontario, Camp Oochigeas (affectionately known as “Ooch”) is the only overnight camp in Canada that is… CONTINUE READING >>

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