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Donor Advised Funds: An Effective Tool for Giving

Savvy taxpayers know that the month of December can make or break your charitable deductions for the year. Join Ted Hart. President and CEO of CAF America, as we discuss the opportunities that Donor Advised Funds present in terms of year-end giving with Brad Bedingfield of Hemenway & Barnes, LLP and the CAF America Wealth Advisor Council.


Author Spotlight: Preparing for an Audit

With the release of CAF America’s Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide (Charity Channel Press, 2018), we are excited to bring you a series of conversations with the contributing authors. This edition, the host Ted Hart, President and CEO of CAF America, is joined by Victoria Bjorklund, retired partner at Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP, to discuss the book and her chapter she authored titled "Preparing for an Audit".


Release of the 2018 World Giving Index

With the release of the 9th edition of the CAF World Giving Index scheduled for October 30th, join Ted Hart, President & CEO of CAF America, and Susan Pinkney, Head of Research at Charities Aid Foundation, as we discuss the reports most recent findings! Find out how the U.S. ranks this year Learn the methodology behind the report Discover global giving habits and trends


Blockchain: Challenges and Opportunities for the Philanthropic Sphere

As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, success is predicated upon the ability to pioneer and adapt in a rapidly changing environment. The line between organizations that thrive and those who lag behind becomes clearer as forward thinking teams capitalize upon the opportunities afforded by technology innovators. One of the most promising developments of today is the work being done with distributed ledger technology, specifically blockchain. Though many have indirectly...


Author Spotlight: Kay Guinane on US Financial Transaction Laws

With the release of CAF America’s Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide (Charity Channel Press, 2018), we are excited to bring to you on CAF America Radio Network a series of conversations with the contributing authors. This edition, the host Ted Hart, President and CEO of CAF America, is joined by Kay Guinane, Director at the Charity and Security Network to discuss the book and her chapter she co-authored titled “US Financial Transaction Laws and Their Impact on International...


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...