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“Just Charity”? The Nexus of Impact, Philanthropy, and Investment in the African Context

When we decided that we should take a closer look into U.S. giving to Africa, we were confronted with a troublesome specter called generalization and the looming notion that we would join the ranks of those who talk about Africa as a homogenous nation and not a complex continent with 54 distinct countries. Alas, with… 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 >>


Grant Reports: What We Learned in 2015

One of the most rewarding experiences as a grantmaker is receiving and reviewing reports on projects and programs that were directly impacted by your grant. Grantee reports are a wonderful opportunity for charitable organizations to continue building a sense of trust with their donors, to celebrate the successes of their efforts, and to reflect on… CONTINUE READING >>


Revenue and generosity, not necessarily linked.

The Case of the UK A recent publication by Charities Aid Foundation noted that despite falls in revenue, many British companies maintained their charitable giving in 2014. The report, Corporate Giving by the FTSE 100, shows that while corporate giving by Britain’s top companies fell to £2.1bn in 2014 (the lowest level in the past… 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 >>


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 >>


Aspen Institute transitions the Diaspora Investment Alliance to CAF America

  Washington, DC, February 17, 2016 – The Aspen Institute today announced the transfer of the Diaspora Investment Alliance (DIA) to Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America), the nation’s leader in global giving. The DIA will reside independently under CAF America who will evolve the initiative under its leadership and unique global footprint. DIA’s… CONTINUE READING >>


Gross Domestic Philanthropy: An international analysis of GDP, tax and giving

Out of 24 countries representing 75% of the world’s GDP, the U.S. has ranked #1 in generosity.  A recent paper published by Charities Aid Foundation — Gross Domestic Philanthropy: An international analysis of GDP, tax and giving –– looked at data provided by the selected countries to determine whether a correlation existed between GDP growth… 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 >>


Latest from the IRS: Proposed Rule for Gift Substantiation Withdrawn

As of January 2016, the IRS proposal on gift substantiation has been withdrawn. The proposed regulation would’ve resulted in nonprofits collecting, storing and reporting donors’ Social Security numbers. The Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions, a voluntary reporting regime proposed by the IRS, has been one of the most recent victims of public outcry. In line… CONTINUE READING >>


Latest from Congress: IRA Charitable Rollover is Now Law

Just in time for your year-end giving, Congress has passed and the President has signed, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. The Act has rendered the once temporary and subject to yearly renewal, IRA Charitable Rollover, permanent law. In line with the Act’s “Incentives for Charitable Giving” section,  US citizens over… CONTINUE READING >>


Charity in the Checkout Line

As the holiday season hits its full stride and a new year looms on the horizon, many consumers watch the dollars fly out of their wallets as quickly as the calendar counts down the remaining days of 2015. Many of us even begin this sprint before we’ve had the chance to recover after our Thanksgiving… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving the Gift of Time

‘Tis the season, to be thankful, to go shopping…to volunteer? After Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday — just a few days later we have   International Volunteer Day. Taking place on December 5th, International Volunteer Day is the next big event during the holiday season (for those curious, the full name is International Volunteer… CONTINUE READING >>


Thankful for Family Giving

As Thanksgiving approaches and we dream about just how high we can pile food on our plates, we also reflect on what this day means to us. Giving to others has been scientifically proven to bring us happiness. Many choose to make giving to charity a core tenet of their family values and structure, and… 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 >>


Cheers for Charity: Celebrating Veterans

This piece is presented by CAF America as part of the “Our Stories” series, which features personal stories and interviews with CAF America staff. The following is an interview with Ron Crognale, Director of Marketing and Communications, about his nonprofit, Party For A Purpose (DC). With the pillars of Friendship, Charity, and Community as their… 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 >>


Latest from the IRS: New Standards for Equivalency Determination

Effective September 25, 2015, the IRS and the Department of Treasury have published final regulations concerning the practice of Equivalency Determination (ED). The Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations is welcomed news for grantmakers, as it clarifies the standards to be applied by international grantmakers in the process of making a good faith determination… 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 >>


From Baby Boom to Tech Boom: Exploring Generational Giving by High Net Worth Individuals

 In the summer of 2010, two of the world’s most renowned  self-made  billionaires announced the formation of a long-speculated pact that  sought to permanently alter the  landscape of philanthropy. Led by Bill  Gates and Warren  Buffett, The Giving Pledge – as it has come to be  known –  is an open call to the world’s… CONTINUE READING >>


Migrant and Refugee Crisis

As the migrant crisis in Europe continues to escalate, we at CAF America are lending our support to charities that are actively seeking to mitigate the challenges faced by those affected. We have created a direct donation page where our donors have access to a list of organizations working on this issue that are eligible… CONTINUE READING >>


The “What” of Millennial Giving: The Rise of Social Media Giving

Honoring the International Day of Charity on September 5th, CAF America published an article last week titled “Generation G: The Millennials and How They Are Changing the Art of Giving”, which explores the giving habits of the three biggest generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennials. With a focus on the tools popular with … CONTINUE READING >>


Generation G: The Millennials and How They Are Changing the Art of Giving

 A great deal has been written about how Millennials fit in (or don’t) with their  Generation X and Baby Boomer co-workers. We’ve heard how they are often  pegged as being entitled and distracted, and the lengths employers go to in order  to keep them engaged. We have also seen, however, that Millennials – using the… CONTINUE READING >>


Equivalency Determination vs. Expenditure Responsibility: Which is right for you?

Ted Hart, CEO – CAF America In an ever-shrinking world, U.S. grantmakers are increasingly turning their attention to charitable organizations beyond our borders. Before seeking to expand one’s philanthropic vision to include foreign organizations, it is important to understand the complexities that accompany giving internationally. Between the intricate nature of the tax code and the… CONTINUE READING >>


Charities Aid Foundation America Expands to West Coast, Led by Paul Kalomeris

Charities Aid Foundation America (CAF America), the nation’s leader in global giving, today announced the opening of a West Coast office to meet increasing demand from individuals, foundations and corporations for support on strategy and delivery of their worldwide charitable goals. Read More


Year End Giving

When deciding to make a tax deductible donation, many philanthropists limit their gifts to domestic charitable organizations that are registered as 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations. International giving is an option…Learn more.


Hungary’s Crackdown on NGOs—Part of Global Trend

CAF America’s John Holm co-wrote this insightful article on the trend of countries, like Hungary, cracking down on foreign NGOs claiming they need to limit foreign interests and influence. Read the full article.


CAF America ranked 278 in Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Top 400

For the first time CAF America made the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of the top 400 charities. With over 1.5 million charities in the US this is quite an achievement. You can read an article about the report as well as search the list.


Soliciting Tax Deductible Donations in the US: Do I Need to be a 501(c)(3)?

In 2005, philanthropic contributions by individuals reached an all-time high, accounting for 2.4% of disposable income. In the subsequent decade we have seen that number fluctuate due mostly to economic hardship and general financial volatility worldwide. Despite facing many of the same issues that can negatively affect American non-profit organizations, however, foreign charitable organizations have enjoyed a rapid increase in giving over the last decade.


»News: The Globalization of Giving

Recent article that appeared on WealthManagement.com discussing options when giving internationally.


» News: September 4, 2014

Read the first blog posts from our Africa and Asia-Pacific Network advisors, learn about International Charity Day, and more!


» News: July 2, 2014

Welcome to our newest board member, a spotlight on the Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, and more!


» News: June 18, 2014

A wrap-up on the COF Conference, info on a 3-part blog series for World Refugee Day, newly eligible organizations, and more!


» New Partnership Announcement for Global Online Employee Giving

Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) and TRUiST, Inc. have announced a partnership that will expand CAF America’s offerings to include an employee giving component and will enhance TRUiST’s ability to disburse donations to an international network of charities.


» Featured Article: Leading the Way to Greater Global Giving

Featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article by our CEO Ted Hart discusses how celebrating collective generosity in the United States can boost philanthropy worldwide.


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