Panel Discussion: The Impact of Bank De-risiking on Nonprofit Organizations and their Beneficiaries in Conflict Areas

Event Date: 
May 7, 2018

Recording now available

Please join the CSIS Human Rights Initiative, Charity and Security Network, and The Humanitarian Forum for the launch of a series of country case studies on de-risking in conflict zones. During this event, expert panelists will discuss the findings of the country case studies, with a focus on Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Palestine.


Solutions for Nonprofits' Banking Problems: Next Steps

Event Date: 
December 12, 2017
The Global NPO Coalition on FATF 
invites you to a webinar:
In May we presented results from two important studies that document the global scale of a serious problem: access to banking services for nonprofit organizations with international activities (online here). Now we invite you to join us in working on solutions.
Tuesday Dec. 12
  • Sue Eckert, World Banks/ACAMS Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on NPO Financial Access
  • Six members with updates from advocacy efforts in Europe, South America and North America
  • Jerry Brito, Dir. Coin Center, on piloting use of cryptocurrency for grantmaking, humanitarian emergencies
  • Hanna Surmatz, European Foundation Centre, with update from the recent FATF Plenary
Time will be reserved for your questions and comments. 


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* Please note: Because a technical glitch during the program booted the organizer out of the webinar program, the recording ends approximately 7 minutes before the end of the presentations. However, you can view all of the slides presented by clicking on the link above.

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.

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.

Prof. David Cole Explains Why HLP Ruling Hurts Conflict Resolution Work

July 16, 2010

During a teleconference call on July 12, 2010 Georgetown Law Professor David Cole, who represented Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) and argued the case before the Supreme Court, spoke about the case and its potential adverse impact on conflict resolution work (mp3 file) around the world. The Association for Conflict Resolution sponsored the teleconference call. 

Listen: Telebriefing on Meeting the Humanitarian Imperative in Somalia

September 12, 2011

On Aug. 10, 2011 the Charity and Security Network held a telebriefing featuring Eric D. Johnson, Associate General Counsel at CARE USA, and Kay Guinane, Director at the Charity and Security Network, discussing the new aid policy in Somalia. Topics covered include the latest on the new policy, Treasury licenses, and Sen. Leahy's calling for reforming the "material support" laws that hinder humanitarian assistance.

Listen to the Telebriefing

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Brown bag featuring Cordaid’s Lia van Broekhoven

May 2, 2012

Join us on May 8 for a brown bag lunch featuring Lia van Broekhoven, Senior Policy Advisor Development and Security, Catholic Organization for Aid and Development (Cordaid), the Netherlands. Lia is a long-time ally of the Charity & Security Network, and a leader in international civil society response to counterproductive counterterrorism measures. Lia will provide background on advocacy at the UN and about what our colleagues around the world are doing to address this problem, and guide a discussion of issues non-profit organizations face.

Muslim Civil Society in the U.S.: Overcoming Islamophobia through Charity, Advocacy and Education

April 3, 2012

Muslim Civil Society in the U.S.: Overcoming Islamophobia through Charity, Advocacy and Education

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On April 11, 2012, the Charity & Security Network, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Policy Understanding and KARAMAH, hosted a panel of experts who discussed the challenges faced by American Muslims and how the Muslim civil society sector employed charity, advocacy and education to encourage diversity, equality and understanding. 

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