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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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.


Global NPO Coalition on FATF Presents: ABCs for Risk Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in Your Country

Event Date: 
March 9, 2018

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF Presents: 


ABCs for Risk Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in Your Country


Friday, March 9, 2018 


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Ever since FATF revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofit organizations in 2016, countries must conduct a terrorist financing risk assessment of the nonprofit sector. FATF requires government outreach to NPOs for these assessments, which are supposed to shape targeted, proportionate measures that only apply to NPOs at risk. 

How are governments and NPOs dealing with this process? How do risk assessments affect regulation of NPOs? How are they done? How can NPOs impact the process? 

Get answers from the experts:

*Ben Evans, Co-Founder and Senior Associate at the Greenacre Group, formerly with UK Charity Commission 

*Yann Desclercs, Managing Director, Cornerstone Advisory, formerly Chief of Compliance, Citi Bank West Africa 

*Andrew O'Brien, Dir. Policy and Engagement, Charity Finance Group (UK) 


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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View the Power Point slides from the program*


* 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.

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. 

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.

See more in our Know Your Rights series

Webinar - Are My Peacebuilding Activities Permissible?

Event Date: 
October 17, 2017
The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project had a chilling effect on peacebuilders working abroad and left practitioners worrying that their work might run afoul of US counterterrorism law. Seven years later, many of those same questions persist, and the current administration presents additional uncertainties. No new guidance has been issued since the landmark Supreme Court decision, but there are guideposts.
Hear from two dynamic speakers who will outline the legal landscape and detail the current state of practice for those in the field. Participate in a Q&A geared to what matters to you now. 
Tuesday, October 17
* George Foote, a lawyer with Dorsey, serves as outside general counsel to the U.S. Institute of Peace and to PeaceTech Lab, Inc. He will share his insight on how to navigate these uncertain waters. 
* Kimberly Brody Hart, senior manager of global affairs and partnerships at Search for Common Ground, will discuss the practical implications from the perspective of a peacebuilder. 
See more in our Know Your Rights series. 

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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.