The scope and prevalence of challenges that U.S.-based nonprofits face in accessing financial services are far more vast than previously understood, according to a comprehensive report released today by the Charity & Security Network.
2/3 of all U.S. nonprofits that work abroad are having financial access difficulties
Delays in wire transfers, which can last up to several months, are the most common problem, affecting 37% of nonprofits
15% of nonprofits report having these problems constantly or regularly
One-third of NPOs have experienced fee increases, and 26% have faced additional, unusual documentation requests
Transfers to all parts of the globe are impacted; the problem is not limited to conflict zones or fragile and failing states
NPOs, categorically treated as high-risk, are sometimes forced to move money through less transparent, traceable, and safe channels as a result of delays in wire transfers and requests for additional documentation. When money cannot be transmitted in a timely manner, 42% of nonprofits report that they carry cash.
Co-authored by C&SN's Kay Guinane and Andrea Hall (February 2017).
“Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict is a comprehensive study of the corrosive effect of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian action. It drives home the point that over-reaction is the very thing that makes terrorism succeed."
-- Gabor Rona, International Legal Director at Human Rights First
"Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict presents a thorough and balanced analysis of the protections provided for lifesaving humanitarian assistance in international humanitarian law. It reminds us that the struggle to balance security and humanity through law is not a new one, and urges us to recall long-held rules and standards of international law as we engage in debates around counterterrorism."
-- Naz Modirzadeh, Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School- Brookings Project on Law and Security
The politicization of disaster response in conflict zones obstructs timely and effective aid delivery and also jeopardizes the safety of aid workers. Deadly Combination: Disaster, Conflict and the U.S. Material Support Law considers two cases: The 2011 famine in Somalia and the summer 2010 floods in Pakistan. In both cases, by giving priority to military objective, the U.S. impaired effective aid delivery by humanitarian organizations, exacerbating the hardship caused by disasters. (April 2012)
Book Examines the Restrictive and Punitive Impact from Counterterrorism Measures on Nonprofits Since 9/11
The roots of terrorism are complex and include the hopelessness of poverty, issues about identity and cultural domination, and frustration from being shut of the political process. To reduce the tensions that arise from these factors, U.S. grantmakers, aid and development organizations, and human rights advocates are striving to meet basic needs, promote respect and understanding, and engage people in peaceful political participation. But rather than welcoming their contribution, American national security laws and policies have erected barriers that unnecessarily restrict nonprofits' efforts. How the Work of Charities Counters Terror and How U.S. Laws Get in the Way addresses the need to acknowledge the critical role nonprofits play in improving our security by alleviating suffering and promoting human rights in global hotspots. (December 2009)