Blog: Country Focuses

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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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.


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Camp Oochigeas: Where Kids can be Kids

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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