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Can I Give my QCD to a DAF? And Other Questions

The giving season fosters conversations about the ways that philanthropically-inclined individuals can support charities in the easiest, safest, and most effective manner. One of these ways is making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). QCDs are gaining in popularity and we often receive questions about how they work, especially in… CONTINUE READING >>


5 Things to Know this Charitable Giving Season

This time of year is often known for the changing colors of the leaves, preparations for family gatherings, and the beginning of the holiday season. More importantly, it’s also the time for many Americans to make their charitable gifts before the end of the year. If you’re considering making some gifts this season, here are… CONTINUE READING >>


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. These regulations clarify existing regulations by adding new… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving to India? FCRA Compliance and More

In Brief Donors in the United States may not give directly to Indian nonprofits and receive a tax deduction in the US. By giving through CAF America, US donors can make tax effective donations to any successfully vetted foreign charitable organization. Giving to a foreign nonprofit without conducting due diligence on the organization and its… CONTINUE READING >>


IGS18 – A Recap and What’s Next

“The legal environment impacting cross-border giving is changing, and sadly not always for the better. But such laws are just part of a larger picture, an ever-changing tapestry of  environments, both domestically and around the world, that impact our work.Changes to our field can be daunting but they can also be opportunities.” -Ted Hart, President… CONTINUE READING >>


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… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving to Canadian Charities? Make Sure You’re in Compliance

From time to time, our conversations with donor clients or charity partners reveal certain misconceptions within the philanthropic sector. One issue that continues to surface is that giving to Canadian charities is easy. Alas, it isn’t so simple. This piece addresses the erroneous belief that grantmaking into Canada does not require any due diligence. While… CONTINUE READING >>


IRS Provides New “Checklist” to Determine Whether a Foreign Charity Qualifies to Receive Tax-Deductible Gifts from Americans without Triggering an Excise Tax

For the first time, the IRS has clearly defined and expanded upon what tax attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents should take into consideration when facilitating cross-border gifts to foreign charities. Read the full article on Bloomberg BNA Software Be sure to listen to our Radio show, “What You Need To Know About: New IRS Guidelines… CONTINUE READING >>


IGS 2017: A Delegate’s Take

Author: Emily Bryant, Doctoral Candidate CAF America’s third annual International Grantmaking Symposium was held earlier this month in Boston. As a first time IGS participant (or “delegate,” as we’re called), I took in a great deal of valuable information and received the opportunity to network with others in the field. Though not a grantmaker myself… CONTINUE READING >>


Latest from the UN: CAF America Participates in Global Development Week

  September is always a hectic time in New York City. The United Nation’s annual meeting of the General Assembly (GA) occurs every year in September and brings with it a whole host of international government officials, corporate executives, international organization employees, and of course, civil society members and philanthropists. This year, however, the massive… CONTINUE READING >>


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 >>


Yes, Clients Really Do Want You to Ask!

Highlights from the report “Philanthropy in the Family Office: a Global Perspective” prepared by Eileen Wilhem RECOGNITION The following material is based on the “Philanthropy in the Family Office: A Global Perspective” white paper presented by the Global Family Office Community in partnership with Hammer & Associates. As the first independent global report aimed at… CONTINUE READING >>


Cross-Border Grant Making by Private Foundations

  by JANE PEEBLES, J.D. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, international charitable giving by Americans has been steadily, and dramatically, increasing. Contributions by U.S. individuals and private foundations to fund charitable projects abroad are subject to complex tax rules. However, there are several of alternatives to effectuate international charitable giving while ensuring tax deductions… CONTINUE READING >>


» News: May 13, 2014

Featured announcement on new CAF America Corporate Advisory Services, info on the Shared Value Leadership Summit, and the COF Annual Conference in June!


» NEWS: April 24, 2014

New blog post for World Malaria Day; information on the Council on Foundations DC Conference in June, and more!


» NEWS: April 3, 2014

A note from our CEO on his recent site visit to Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation, info on an upcoming radio show on Grantmaking & Philanthropy in Africa, and more.


» NEWS: March 20, 2014

With a featured article from CEO Ted Hart, a new blog post on World Water Day, and a new radio show.


» NEWS: March 6, 2014

Featuring a new article from John Holm, ways to connect with us at the GMN Conference, two new blog posts, new grants, and more.


» Blog: 10 Empowering Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8

This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. Read this blog post and learn 10 different ways to celebrate women worldwide.


» Infographic: Four Startling Realities About Women Worldwide

For International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting some of the realities women face in the world today.


» Report: The 2013 World Giving Index

Looking to gain insight into the nature of global giving? Download your FREE copy of the report here.


» NEWS: February 10, 2014

Read about the newest fund opened by Nike in honor of Black History Month, info on upcoming conferences, and more news.


» NEWSLETTER: December 16, 2013

The latest news from CAF America, including the Day of International Giving press release, stories of philanthropy, and more.


» December 10 is the Day of International Giving

CAF America is proud to celebrate the growth in international giving; today we’re sharing two stories of philanthropy on behalf of DIG, made possible by our generous donors. Click to learn more.


» NEWSLETTER: November 20, 2013

The latest news from CAF America, including newly eligible organizations, a new article on shared value, and more.


» Blog: Creating Shared Value, a Measured Approach to Business

How does a company innovate on a social issue that is directly linked to a company’s business model and already generates a great deal of publicity?


» Blog: Creating Shared Value, a Case Study

A more in-depth look at shared value– John Holm explores a case study showing how Coca-Cola strategically collaborated with a local Brazilian NGO as a ‘distribution partner’ on educating and training low-income youth.


» Blog: Creating Shared Value, an Introduction

7/23/13: John Holm illustrates a new take on the evolving relationship between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.


» SURVEY: How do you like our new website?

11/1/13: Through the end of the year, respond to our short website survey and be entered in our drawing for a $25 Starbucks giftcard.


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