Brooks Reed, CAP®

Vice President of Thought Leadership and Philanthropy

I have worked with the CAF Group in a variety of roles since October 2015, when I was a co-author on the report titled Beyond Integrity: Exploring the role of business in preserving the civil society space (Charities Aid Foundation, 2016). After briefly working with CAF UK’s International Team in London, I joined CAF America in 2017 and have led the Department of Business Development since January 2018. 

My background is in international development, with research interests focusing on the private sector in development and corporate citizenship. My professional experience outside of CAF America includes time with international NGOs and within the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida. 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and (sometimes successfully) baking.

I hold a MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics, as well as a BA in International Affairs and a BA in Political Science from Florida State University. I am a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) and I am certified in Anti-Money Laundering by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Publications by Brooks Reed, CAP®

Image: View of Khartoum, Sudan and the Nile River. June 2, 2023 Yesterday, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a series of four General Licenses authorizing certain activities in Sudan. These new Licenses define exceptions to the May 4, 2023 Executive Order 14098 (“Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons... CONTINUE READING >>
April 25, 2023 This is the second part in our series on localization and grantmaking intermediaries. To learn more about the localization agenda and its origins, please read the first post in this series, “CAF America Champions the Localization Agenda.” Within the philanthropic sector, the word “intermediary” can mean several different things; and better definition... CONTINUE READING >>
February 21, 2023 As the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine approaches, we’re taking a moment to step back and recognize the commitment of our donors to humanitarian relief stemming from this conflict. Since the beginning of the invasion, CAF America has made over $37 million in donor-advised and restricted grants; our donors... CONTINUE READING >>
UPDATE: September 21, 2023 August 8 saw the expiration of OFAC’s General License 23, but providing humanitarian relief in Syria is still allowed under Section 542.516 of the existing sanctions regime. Known as the “Syria NGO General License,” it permits funding for relief of basic human needs, albeit with higher due diligence requirements for financial... CONTINUE READING >>
December 21, 2022 Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released a set of new and updated General Licenses that authorize four types of broad-ranging activities supporting much-needed humanitarian aid and assistance. The activities covered include: The official business of the U.S. government; The official business of certain international... CONTINUE READING >>
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