What Happens in New York …

It has been said of the UN that “what happens in Geneva stays in Geneva.” But what about New York? Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, insists that civil society organizations should be showing up for the UN’s counterterrorism work in New York and “making life uncomfortable for them.” In late March, I had the

April 17th, 2018|Blog, Counterterrorism and Human Rights|

Global NPO Coalition on FATF Presents: ABCs for Risk Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in Your Country

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF Presents:  ABCs for Risk Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in Your Country Friday, March 9, 2018 View the Recording   Ever since FATF revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofit organizations in 2016, countries must conduct a terrorist financing risk assessment of the nonprofit sector. FATF requires government outreach to NPOs for these assessments, which are supposed to shape targeted, proportionate measures that only

March 9th, 2018|CSN Events, Financial Action Task Force, Node|

Highlights from 2017, Looking Forward to 2018

As the Charity & Security Network begins its tenth year of operation, it is time to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of 2017, both to recognize our collective achievements and to inform our priorities and strategies for 2018. The members, Advisory Board and staff all can be credited with contributing to the successes of 2017.  Here are the main highlights: Securing Financial Access for Nonprofits: From Research to Action

January 11th, 2018|Node|

London Calling

London Calling I’m a child of the 80s, and The Clash is still a vital part of my playlist. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to London to speak about financial access for nonprofits, an issue near and dear to us at Charity & Security Network. The added bonus was that as I prepared my talk, scheduled meetings around the conference and made travel plans, The Clash’s music became my

December 11th, 2017|Blog, Financial Access|

Ellison Dear Colleague letter September 2017

Subject: e-DearColleague: Oppose DeSantis Amendment #115 to SFOPS Oppose DeSantis Amendment #115 to SFOPS Sending Office: Honorable Keith Ellison Oppose DeSantis Amendment #115 to SFOPS Organizations opposing DeSantis Amendment #115 include: InterAction, Bread for the World, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, International Center for Nonprofit Law, J Street, American Jewish World Service, Oxfam, Solidarity Center, Norwegian Refugee Council USA, HIAS, Charity & Security Network, Mercy Corps, ONE Campaign, Church World Service, Refugees

September 13th, 2017|Due Process, Node|

If it Ain’t Broke …..

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The spokesman for the “let’s-shut-down-U.S.-charities-because-they’re-conduits-for-terror-finance” school of thought has been pushing this outdated and discredited narrative in Washington, D.C. over the past year or more. He seems to believe that the Obama administration’s enforcement policy was negligent in its duty to “bust terrorist charities” (his words, not ours), that U.S. nonprofits have been given a free pass over

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