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Crowdfunding: Is Your Campaign Charitable?

The rise of crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon brought about by rapid evolutions in technology and the internet. However, not all crowdfunding is created equal, especially when considering tax-deductibility. Donors and organizers of such campaigns may wrongly assume that donations made through such crowdfunding platforms are always tax-deductible. Join Ted Hart, President and CEO of CAF America, as he discusses crowdfunding complications and how to ensure your campaign is...


Granting to China Made "Easy?"

On January 1, 2017, the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China” (colloquially known as “China’s Overseas NGO Management Law”) went into effect. The law requires that foreign NGOs coordinate their efforts with the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and provides the framework within which they can continue their activities in the country: (1) opening an office in China, or (2) applying for a...


What You Need To Know About: New IRS Guidelines for Equivalency Determination

New IRS guidelines took effect on September 14, 2017. What do they mean? What do you need to know? In Rev. Proc. 2017-53, the IRS has provided guidelines that CAF America will use in our grantmaking to foreign grantees utilizing equivalency determination protocols that the grantee of a grant made for Code Sec. 170(c)(2)(B) purposes is a qualifying public charity. In this program CAF America's President and CEO, Ted Hart and Elizabeth Kingsley of Harmon Curran Spielberg & Eisenberg LLP will...


Live from PEAK Grantmaking 2017!

Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, will be speaking to Christopher Percopo, Director of Grants Management at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, on best practices in grants management, grants cycles, and grantee databases; Nancy Herzog, Senior Director of Grants Administration at the National Endowment for Democracy, on the shrinking space for civil society; and Satonya C Fair, Director of Grants Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, on philanthropy and community...


What the Heart Wants: Combating Cardiovascular Disease Worldwide

In honor of National Heart Month, join Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, on February 17th at 2:00 p.m. EDT for a discussion with Amanda Fowler, Director of Corporate Giving at Edwards Lifesciences on how the company is combating CVD on a global scale. The discussion will elaborate on: Raising public awareness about the dangers of heart disease worldwide; Education and community engagement initiatives across the globe; Reducing the global burden of heart valve disease through philanthropy and...


Sustainable Finance & Philanthropy: Addressing the World's Most Urgent Problems

Erika Karp, Founder, CEO, and Chair of the Board at Cornerstone Capital Inc. will be joining Ted Hart, CEO, on the CAF America Radio Network on to discuss two of the world's most urgent issues- sustainable finance and philanthropic giving. The discussion will elaborate on: The role of philanthropic giving in sustainable finance and how it affects global change;Multifaceted returns on investment: achieving charitable goals through social investment, and tax deductions on charitable giving...


Mind the Gaps: Unifying Philanthropy to Achieve Sustainable Development

Karolina Mzyk Callias, Adviser on Philanthropy at the UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO, on the CAF America Radio Network to discuss how the United Nations Development Programme and the SDG Philanthropy Platform have been addressing the gaps between the three sectors within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. The role of foundations and philanthropy writ large in achieving the SDGsThe challenges and...


A Winning Transatlantic Proposition - The CAF American Donor Fund

Mark Greer, Senior Manager of the CAF American Donor Fund (CADF), will be joining Ted Hart, CEO, on the CAF America Radio Network to discuss the giving solution developed exclusively for dual taxpayers. Ted and Mark will explore how CADF works, what its benefits are, and how individuals in the UK, US, or the Netherlands can use CADF to make the most of their charitable giving, while also receiving tax benefits in multiple countries simultaneously. If you’re a US citizen who has been...


Philanthropy in the Philippines: A Local Perspective

Victoria Garchitorena, Consultant at Ayala Corp, will be sitting down with CAF America CEO, Ted Hart, to discuss philanthropy in the Philippines, including aspects such as: The unique philosophy behind charitable giving in the Philippines The giving habits of the Filipino diaspora The future of philanthropy in the region Victoria previously served as Managing Director and President of Ayala Corp. She is also an active board member for many Philippine NGOs and has deep roots in the Filipino...


Turning Knowledge into Action: Revisiting the IGS

CAF America’s annual executive symposium on the ins and outs of international grantmaking was presented this year in partnership with the UNDP, taking place just a few weeks ago at the UN Headquarters in New York City. In this edition, Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, will be speaking with two of our delegates: Anuar Juraidini, Grants Manager at Citi Foundation, and Ulrika Friesen, Analyst at Cisco about their experience at the 2016 International Grantmaking Symposium. Ranging from exploring...


Do tax incentives work? A global view of tax incentives and charitable giving

Adam Pickering, International Policy Manager at Charities Aid Foundation UK, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO, on the CAF America Radio Network to discuss the newly released report: “Donation States: An international comparison of the tax treatment of donations”. Ted and Adam will explore in depth this fascinating study and look at questions such as, how tax incentives work across the globe, what factors influence the effectiveness of tax incentives for giving, whether they can favor certain...


ED & ER: In Focus

David Shevlin, Partner at Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett LLP, will be joining CAF America’s CEO, Ted Hart, on the CAF America Radio Network to discuss IRS regulations on international grantmaking. Tapping into David’s extensive knowledge about Expenditure Responsibility and Equivalency Determination, the show will weigh these two standards for due diligence and help listeners decide which option is better suited for them. David will be also speaking at the International Grantmaking Symposium...


Fostering the Spirit of Ubuntu : Basketball as a Vehicle for Change

Mark Crandall, Founder and Executive Director of Hoops 4 Hope, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, on the CAF America Radio Network to highlight the linkages between socioeconomic development and sports. The discussion will elaborate on: How sports can foster a culture of sharing in the spirit of ubuntu Hoops 4 Hope’s programs in South Africa and Zimbabwe Hoops 4 Hope’s impact on the NBA Mark's vast experience and personal journey with Africa Alignment with the SDG platform


Philanthropy in Russia: A Local Perspective

Maria Chertok, Director of CAF Russia, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, on the CAF America Radio Network to discuss charitable giving and philanthropy in Russia. The discussion will elaborate on details such as: The latest developments within the Russian philanthropic sector: the challenges and opportunities. Social causes most often supported by charitable giving Foreign funding: can U.S. donors give to Russian charities?


To Lead or to Follow: Navigating the SDGs

Amanda MacArthur, Vice President of Global Pro Bono & Engagement at PYXERA Global, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, on the CAF America Radio Network to examine the paths that corporations can take to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals). Analyzing the various nuances of the new SDGs, Ted and Amanda will discuss: The roles private and nonprofit sectors assume within the context of the SDGs Whether corporations should align their philanthropic goals...


A Family Affair: Philanthropy and Generational Giving

In the spirit of the holiday season, Lisa Parker, President and Executive Director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation and Principal of Family Circle Advisors, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, on the CAF America Radio Network show to celebrate the most charitable time of year. With Lisa's experience in managing her family's foundation, she will highlight how charitable giving can bring your family together for the holidays. Focusing on fun and exciting ways to bring...


#GivingTuesday| On the Front Lines of Global Healthcare: Medtronic Philanthropy

Jacob Gayle, Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America on the CAF America Radio Network show to mark the finale of the 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign worldwide. Jacob and Ted will be discussing the specifics of Medtronic’s philanthropic initiatives and what philanthropy means to the company and its employees. Drawing upon Jacob’s distinguished career of three decades in international public health and diplomacy, the conversation will showcase...


Blurring the Borders with Giving: The Impact of HNWI on Diaspora Giving

Alex Dixon, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Diaspora Investment Alliance, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, on the CAF America Radio Network show to discuss the role of HNWI within the context of diaspora philanthropy. Drawing upon Alex’s experience in both the banking and nonprofit sectors, the show will highlight the impact that diaspora communities can have with their philanthropic efforts and how they can give abroad in an easy and effective manner.


Turning Over a New Leaf? The Changing Colors of Canadian Philanthropy

Jo-Anne Ryan, VP of Philanthropic Advisory Services at TD Waterhouse Canada and ED of the Private Giving Foundation, will be joining Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America on the CAF America Radio Network show to mark the launch of the 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign worldwide. Jo-Anne and Ted will be discussing the specifics of the Canadian charitable sector and how Canadians view philanthropy, especially concerning the aspect of giving internationally. Drawing upon Jo-Anne’s experience as the architect...


Latest from the IRS: Is the Landscape of International Philanthropy Changing?

The New ED Regulations & their Impact on International Philanthropy On September 25, 2015 the IRS and US Department of Treasury issued the final regulations concerning equivalency determination standards long awaited by the philanthropic community. Ted Hart, CEO of CAF America, discusses the potential challenges and opportunities created by these finalized regulations titled, Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations, with Elizabeth Kingsley J.D., A at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg...