Insider Blog | Cross-Border & Domestic Giving

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 are used solely for the charitable purposes for which they were made (the grantor conducts Expenditure Responsibility or ER).

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Philanthropy done well: the Importance of Compliance

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, or do the legwork for ensuring that basic human rights are protected. Yet, they are all united in their constant quest for survival.

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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.

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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.

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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 meet the interests of the investor.

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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 effective in specific situations, and can even complement each other.

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4 Trends Dramatically Reshaping Corporate Philanthropy

GUEST BLOG | 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 and volunteer programs.

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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!

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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 global philanthropy.

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International Day of Charity 2019: A World of Impact

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.

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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

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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 diaspora philanthropic giving models.

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