UNOSC Issues Terror Financing Risk Assessment Guidance

July 31, 2018

A guidance manual issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in June 2018 provides a methodology for member states conducting terrorist financing risk assessments. The document, Guidance manual for Member States on terrorist financing risk assessments, notes that terrorist financing needs to be countered in an efficient manner, emphasizing the importance of coordination and cooperation among financial intelligence units, law enforcement entities and intelligence services.
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InterAction Members Adopt New Standards Governing Assistance Programs

March 3, 2013

Standards governing the operational, financial and ethical codes of conduct for members of InterAction, the largest organization of U.S. development and relief non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were updated in February 2013.  Setting standards of practice that reflect the impact and the complexity of member groups’ work around the world, the private voluntary organization (PVO) standards “link members in the common pursuit of a set of values and ethical code of conduct.”  Almost 200 U.S.-based NGOs will certify that they comply with the standards, which started in the early 1990s and are updated every two years.

Guidance on Charitable Giving to Syria

August 8, 2012

Over the next year, up to three million people in Syria are expected to be in need of food assistance, according to the UN and Syrian agricultural ministry.

The Treasury Department’s FAQ about its Syria sanctions program and guidance to the public on sending remittances and charitable assistance to Syria, issued on August 8, makes it clear that U.S. NGOs can operate there without having to obtain a specific license from Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

To assist with giving, Muslim Advocates has issued a FAQ about charitable giving to NGOs operating in and around Syria.

Analysis: 2006 Treasury Dept. Voluntary Anti-Terrorist Financing Guidelines

May 21, 2009

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. The 2006 Guidelines place greater emphasis on their voluntary nature, saying charities should apply them to a degree commensurate with their risk of "abuse and exploitation" by terrorists. However, the fundamental problems that lead the nonprofit sector to call for withdrawal of the Guidelines remain unchanged.

Treasury Posts Risk Matrix for Charities

April 20, 2006

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.

Dept. of Defense Civil Liberties Guidance

May 29, 2012
The Department of Defense (DoD) makes available guidance on its Civil Liberties Program. The document was first released on May 17, 2012 and was later updated in 2014. The document outlines DoD policy on protecting civil liberties and assigns responsibilities for its implementation. The original guidance was issued nearly five years after Congress called on DoD to establish a civil liberties program as recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

Charity & Security Network Asks Treasury to Open Dialog to Revise Decades Old Anti-Terrorist Financing Guidance

November 24, 2015

In a Nov. 23, 2015 letter to the Department of Treasury, the Charity & Security Network (C&SN)noting the need for “ongoing engagement between the U.S. government and the NPO sector to ensure that measures intended to protect the sector from abuse by terrorist organizations are effective, risk-based, proportionate and not unduly disruptive of the activities of NPOs.