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Posted on October 28, 2020

Nonprofits (or NGOs) based outside of the U.S. are usually not eligible to receive tax-exempt status here from the IRS. These NGOs may choose to form a brand new U.S.-based §501(c)(3) or to partner with an existing U.S.-based §501(c)(3) with a similar mission in order to be able to obtain tax-deductible donations from U.S. taxpayers. But U.S.-based nonprofits risk losing their tax-exempt status if they accept donations on behalf of organizations based in other countries without meeting certain IRS requirements. This article outlines the three key factors the IRS uses to determine whether or not a U.S. §501(c)(3) can accept donations on behalf of organizations based outside the U.S.

 

Posted on October 25, 2016

It’s your charity’s first project in a foreign country – the funds you worked so hard to raise will finally be used to help people in need overseas. You’ve already been approached by enthusiastic people to work in-country, eager to implement your first project. What could go wrong? Well, quite a bit if you aren’t careful. How do you prevent or minimize these risks while making your donors happy, giving your workers a fulfilling experience, and ultimately furthering your mission?

Don’t miss this informative webinar for an overview of:
– Identifying and managing the key risks for U.S. charities working overseas;
– Considerations for determining business form or working with a local partner;
– Labor and employment considerations;
– What laws you will have to comply with, both US and local; and
– Avoiding the pitfalls of cross-border transfers of money.

Presenter: Aaron Lewis, Habitat for Humanity

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Slides: International Issues Related to Moving Money

Posted on May 22, 2013

Nonprofit organizations operating overseas trips and programs need to be aware of, and prepare for, potential problems and complications that can befall their travelers. This one hour webinar will address practical and legal tips for protecting your organization and its travelers. From advice on practical tips and emergency plans to insurance and releases, this webinar will arm participants with what they need to have in place to prevent problems from occurring or in the case of an emergency.

Presenters: Mindy Simon and Mike Ryder

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Posted on March 23, 2011

Does your nonprofit send volunteers on international trips? Do you provide funding for projects in third-world countries? Do you have chapters in other parts of the world? This webcast helps you address the legal issues that your organization may face when operating internationally, including:

  • Sending money abroad,
  • Employment issues,
  • Contracting with foreign individuals or corporations,
  • Fundraising in foreign countries, and
  • Establishing nonprofits or chapters and affiliates in foreign countries.

Presenters:
Linda DiSantis, General Counsel, CARE USA
Eric Johnson, CARE USA

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