Calling on the U.S. government to protect and respect their work, 40 groups have launched a campaign urging support for a Statement of Principles protecting U.S. nonprofit organizations. The statement recognizes the vital role of U.S. nonprofits in supporting communities and protecting democracy, and denounces unnecessary restrictions that can limit their ability to carry out good works.
Because of the negative impact that national security policy has had on nonprofits since 9/11, along with the global problem of narrowing space for civil society, these nonprofits want the new Congress and administration to respect these principles and protect nonprofit organizations. Just over one year ago, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) changed its standard on nonprofits, recognizing that only a small fraction of nonprofits are at risk for terrorist financing, and directing countries not to disrupt or discourage the activities of legitimate nonprofit organizations.
The organizations launching the campaign include umbrella groups with large memberships, such as the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Council on Foundations and InterAction, as well as groups that engage in humanitarian aid, development, peacebuilding, grantmaking, and the protection of human rights and civil liberties, from Amnesty International USA to the Zakat Foundation. The campaign encourages additional organizations to sign on to the statement.
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