Nonprofits – International Charity Activities

A 501(c)(3) organization may advance its “charitable” purpose through international activities. But there is much that needs to be considered when operating in a foreign country, including – Registration It is very common for a country, state/province, and/or city/municipality to require a foreign nonprofit to register with a governmental agency and be...

Draft Foreign NGO Management Law (China)

China’s draft Foreign NGO Management Law released in May 2015 would, according to an Opinion piece in the New York Times (Will China Close its Doors?), require foreign nonprofits to be vetted by China’s security police before conducting activities in China and subject them to penalties for vaguely defined offenses such...

Patriot Act and Nonprofits

Guidestar recently published an article on "The Patriot Act and the Nonprofit Sector: Charitable Organizations After 9/11."  The article makes the following points: The Act stipulates that financial contributions to questionable organizations are a punishable crime. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) lists individuals and organizations that the...

Executive Order 13224

The following description of Executive Order is from the U.S. Department of State: President Bush signed Executive Order 13224 on September 23, 2001.  Executive Order 13224 gives the U.S. Government a powerful tool to impede terrorist funding and is part of our national commitment to lead the international effort...