Issue Briefs

Regulation of Nonprofit Organizations in the U.S. – An Overview

Click here for a printable PDF of this Issue Brief.    Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in the United States are subject to a complex system of regulation and oversight that combines registration, reporting and monitoring at the federal, state and local levels. These regulatory regimes mostly revolve around raising, spending and accounting for funds, protecting the public from fraud, and encouraging charitable contributions. The First Amendment protections for freedom of association,

2019-07-18T17:05:46-04:00November 21st, 2017|Issue Briefs|

Impact on Women: Counterterrorism Laws and Policies Restricting Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Work

A new C&SN Issue Brief examines the impact on women of counterterrorism laws and policies restricting peacebuilding and humanitarian work. It looks at the disproportionate effect that armed conflict has on women, shines a light on the role women are taking in these global hot spots to improve their lives and their communities, and explains how empowering legislation would allow U.S. humanitarian and peacebuilding groups to partner with these

2019-07-18T17:24:53-04:00August 19th, 2015|Issue Briefs, PeaceBuilding|

The Financial Action Task Force: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Barriers to Cross-Border Nonprofit Operations and The Role of the Financial Action Task Force Nonprofit organizations – humanitarian, peacebuilding, grantmaking, human rights and more – struggle against daunting obstacles in conflict zones where need is great and risk is high.  Increasingly their work is undermined by counterterror bureaucracies that impose unnecessary restrictions on operations. Some restrictive laws are deliberate attempts to suppress political opposition and others are excessive restrictions that

2019-07-19T08:29:50-04:00May 27th, 2015|Financial Action Task Force, Issue Briefs|

The Financial Action Task Force and Human Rights

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an intergovernmental body that sets anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering standards that it uses to assess the adequacy of laws and regulations in nearly every country in the world. Since 9/11 it has increased its focus on regulation of financial services and charities. A PDF of this Factsheet is Available Here.  A 2012 report by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute showed that the FATF’s

2019-07-18T08:53:37-04:00October 16th, 2013|Financial Action Task Force, Issue Briefs|

Need to Update Treasury’s Terrorist Listing and Delisting Procedures

The U.S. terrorist listing process is designed to cut off funding to terrorists by freezing their funds and banning financial transactions with them. The President designates terrorist groups by Executive Order and authorizes the Treasury Department to list others that support them.   A lack of clear standards, transparency and oversight of the list  has raised serious concerns over the due process rights of those listed and the accuracy of the list itself. Click

2019-07-18T17:28:32-04:00April 26th, 2013|Issue Briefs|

Peacbuilding Fact Sheet

“It is no longer enough to just provide peacekeepers; that must be accompanied by effective mediation, peacemaking and peacebuilding.” -U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton before the United Nations on Sept. 23, 2010. A printable PDF version of the peacebuilding Fact Sheet (October 2010) is available here. What is peacebuilding? Peacebuilding includes efforts related to preventing outbreaks of violence, transforming armed conflicts, finding peaceful ways

2019-07-18T09:04:43-04:00October 1st, 2010|Issue Briefs, PeaceBuilding|

The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9/11

There is increasing evidence of the negative impact on all charities of the counter-terrorism measures introduced since 2001.[i]  Here are examples from around the world: A printable PDF version of the fact sheet is available here. This fact sheet provides examples of impacts in the following areas: Children Health Peacebuilding Humanitarian Aid Charitable Giving Islamic charities Banking CHILDREN Kenya: The Kibera Community Self Help Programme (Kicoshep) in

2019-07-18T18:23:27-04:00August 16th, 2010|Counter-terrorist Financing, Issue Briefs|