CSN Events Overview

April 26, 2011

Know Your Rights Series

Charity & Security Network is hosting a series of monthly webinars on knowing your rights and protecting your nonprofit organization. Please check our website regularly for additional webinars in this series. For additional resources, see the Know Your Rights section of our website. 
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Webinar - Government Investigations: How to Protect Your Organization

Event Date: 
June 16, 2017

Nonprofits can be negatively impacted by government investigations, whether they are the target or not. Law enforcement may show up at the office demanding to interview staff and take documents or computer records. Donors, volunteers, board members and staff may be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury or questioned at their homes. 

In the current political climate, nonprofits need to know their rights, how to be prepared in case of a visit from law enforcement, and how to respond if it does. This webinar will explain your rights and suggest strategies to defend your organization. 

Friday, June 16

Recording now available

Speaker: Timothy O'Toole, Miller & Chevalier 
Timothy P. O'Toole counsels and defends clients in white collar criminal matters, conducts internal corporate investigations, and represents potential witnesses and targets in government investigations. Although Mr. O'Toole has substantial experience in all areas of white collar practice, his main focus is on economic sanctions and export controls.

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The ABCs of FATF: What Nonprofits Need to Know 2017 and Beyond

Event Date: 
December 15, 2016

new international standard for government regulation of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) was published by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June. It is changing the way governments are supposed to approach regulation of NPOs to prevent terrorist abuse.

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF successfully advocated for this new standard. In this webinar, you can learn more about FATF and what the new standard (Recommendation 8) may mean for NPOs in your country.

Recording Now Available





1. The ABCs of FATF: its purpose, why NPOs need to know about it

2. FATF's Recommendation 8 - the new standard and Interpretive Note

3. Country level implementation of the new R8, including the national risk assessment

4. FATF Mutual Evaluations - what they mean for NPOs in your country

5. How NPOs can get more information, get involved


Nonprofits in Search of Financial Access: Real Problems, Potential Solutions

Event Date: 
May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Nonprofits around the world are having difficulty accessing banking services. U.S. and other countries’ financial regulations, rooted in a comprehensive counter-terror finance regime, and the ever-shifting political landscape set the stage for financial institutions around the globe to continually re-evaluate their risk profiles. As a result, accounts are closed or never opened, wire transfers are delayed and correspondent banking relationships are severed. This, in turn, impacts vital humanitarian aid, development, peacebuilding, human rights, and other programming. 

Two recent reports examine the scope and impacts of this problem. Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits, by the Charity & Security Network, provides the first empirical data on the issue and sets out a series of recommendations. Tightening the Purse Strings, by the Women Peacemakers Program and Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic, looks at the effects of counter-terrorism finance measures on gender equality and security. 

Webinar: IRS Audits of Nonprofits - How to Avoid or Prepare

Event Date: 
May 8, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division has identified organizations that do international work as a “Strategic Issue Area” for its FY 2017 enforcement program.  Learn what this could mean for your organization, and how to be prepared if your organization is selected for audit.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Recording now available

*Lara Kalwinski, Senior Counsel, Compliance and Policy and Executive Director National Standards at the Council on Foundations, on the 2017 IRS enforcement workplan.

*Marc Owens, Partner. Loeb & Loeb LLP and former Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the IRS, on how the IRS audit process works.

*Alex Reid, Partner, Morgan Lewis, on how to prepare for and survive an IRS audit.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Financial Access for Nonprofits: New Empirical Data

Event Date: 
February 28, 2017

With the launch of our new report, Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits, the first-ever empirical data on the issue gives new insight to the problem known as "derisking."

Hear from the report's authors about the findings, stakeholder perspectives and possible solutions. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Recording Now Available


* Sue Eckert, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security and report author
* Kay Guinane, Director, Charity & Security Network and report author
* Andrea Hall, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Charity & Security Network and report author
* Dawn Sikorski, Corporate Counsel, Islamic Relief USA

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Congressional Briefing: Effective Counterterrorism for a New Era

April 19, 2013

On April 15, 2013 The Charity & Security Network and Alliance for Peacebuilding hosted a Congressional briefing, "Effective Counterterrorism for a New Era." The briefing brought together a panel of experts in counterterrorism, civil society and military to discuss strategies for reforming U.S. counterterrorism measures to be more cost-effective and efficient. Video of the event is below.

Aid Experts Discuss Challenges Working in Conflict Zones with Terrorist Groups

January 8, 2013

A Dec. 13, 2012 panel of experts at Hunter College’s Human Rights Program discussed international humanitarian law, access to civilians in conflict zones and the challenges faced by aid organizations working in areas with terrorist groups. The panelists expressed concern that U.S. counterterrorism measures, such as the material support prohibition, make it nearly impossible for humanitarian groups and grantmakers to carry out their missions in some of the most intractable conflicts around the world. 

Event transcript available here

Congressional Briefing: A Crisis in Humanitarian Access to Civilians

July 10, 2012

A Crisis in Humanitarian Access to Civilians  

On July 26, 2012, the Charity & Security Network hosted a Capitol Hill briefing featuring a panel of experts discussing the dire situation on the ground in the Sahel and Somalia, how U.S. laws erect barriers to effective aid delivery, and how an international humanitarian law framework could help.  Examples were drawn from the CSN report: Safeguarding Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflict.  Click here to read its executive summary

Transcript of the event is available here


Video of the event is avaliable in two parts below

 Part I: Panelist Presentations


Part II: Q&A and Closing Remarks