The Council on Foundations (COF) and the European Foundation Center have published Principles of Accountability for International Philanthropy, the result of a two-year consultative process of grantmakers and stakeholders from four continents. The COF press release announcing the document says: Voluntary and aspirational, the Principles and accompanying Practices aim to guide and support funders in making better decisions in pursuing their international missions and objectives, and to provide a framework that will encourage
Charities and their work can provide important protection against extremism and terrorism, according to the UK Charity Commission's annual report on Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement. "Civil society, of which charities are a key part, is also an important place for the free exchange of views and debate which can inhibit propagandists of extremism and terrorism," the report states. It goes on to explain that charities can be at risk for abuse
As part of a global effort to improve the quality of humanitarian response to populations affected by disaster and armed conflict, the Sphere Handbook describes the fundamental principles that govern humanitarian action during these times and offers “best practices” for all phases of humanitarian assistance. The handbook includes a special focus on “Protection Principles,” which consider the protection and safety of at risk civilians affected by disaster or armed conflict as an integral
On Sept. 29, 2006 the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released updated Anti-Terrorist Financing Guidelines: Voluntary Best Practices for U.S.-Based Charities, its third version of recommendations for charities since 2002. The new Guidelines reflect Treasury consideration of public comments on a December 2005 revision of the original Guidelines, published in 2002. A new Annex provides an unconvincing explanation of Treasury's perception that terrorist abuse of charities is a substantial problem.
In March 2007, without public announcement or comment, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Risk Matrix for the Charitable Sector on its website. The Introduction of the publication says the matrix is meant to help charities comply with U.S. sanctions programs that prohibit transactions with designated terrorists or certain countries. In 2006, Treasury said it was working on a draft of the matrix,