August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, another reminder of the need to alleviate suffering. This year, more than ever, we look to four countries on the brink of famine - Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Unfortunately, for a significant number of U.S. humanitarian aid and development organizations working abroad, the closure of their U.S. bank accounts and the inability to send wire transfers in a timely manner have a significant impact on their ability to fund critical programs in these and other countries in need.
As described in our February 2017 report on Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits, "the human costs of NPOs' financial access difficulties and continued inaction must be recognized. When programs are delayed or cancelled because of the inability to transfer funds, peace is not brokered, children are not schooled, staff is not paid, hospitals lose power, the needs of refugees are not met and in the worst cases, people die."
Would your organization know how to respond if it was the victim of a political attack? What about a government investigation? Do you have a Rapid Response Plan?
Charity & Security Network has developed a new, four-page guide, Rapid Response Plans for NPOs: Political Attacks and Government Investigations, to assist nonprofit organizations in developing their own Rapid Response Plan. The guide walks you through the key steps in preparing such a guide, which can ensure that your organization knows exactly what to do to minimize losses in the event of a political attack or government investigation. The guide is part of C&SN's new Know Your Rights series, designed to create a defensive shield for nonprofits in the current political environment.
In a July 18 Letter to the Editor published in Just Security, the Charity & Security Network outlines the many problems with domestic countering violent extremism (CVE) programs to date. The letter explains that among the wide array of CVE detractors, not all oppose CVE for the same reasons. C&SN believes that domestic CVE programs have been irrevocably tainted by their relationship with law enforcement, which has primarily targeted Muslim communities with surveillance, entrapment and prosecution rather than rehabilitation, at the expense of civil liberties. While CVE has focused largely on individuals deemed "radicalized" or espousing "extremist" views without evidence of violence, the letter notes, "there is wide agreement among academics that there is no credible way to predict who will become a terrorist. Without such data, it's possible that these practices may have even backfired, and could have contributed to turning some young people towards violent extremism."