An industry dream team of 17 specialists deliver the premier guide to navigating the complexities of global philanthropy



ALEXANDRIA, VA – From ceaselessly evolving political climates, to labyrinthine tax codes, philanthropists active in the international arena face a litany of pitfalls unlike those who give domestically. The exponentially growing complexities of cross-border giving mean that grantmakers, without proper knowledge or experience, can potentially expose themselves and their donors to greater risks to their bank accounts and their reputations.

Realizing the need for a comprehensive educational resource for international philanthropists, a team of the industry’s experts selected by Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) came together to present: “Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide”, the one stop shop for maneuvering every aspect of international giving. Written in precise, clear language by 17 experts in their respective fields, “Cross-Border Giving” is the comprehensive guide every grantmaker should have at their fingertips.

Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®, President and CEO, CAF America, brings 30+ years of experience in advising global philanthropy. As an internationally recognized speaker, Ted is an expert in both domestic and global philanthropic regulations and risk management. During his tenure as President and CEO, CAF America has witnessed exponential growth, significantly expanded its suite of services and dramatically increased the number of charities funded around the world. He has co-authored six books, including “People to People Fundraising”, “Internet Management for Nonprofits” and “Fundraising on the Internet”.

Kinga Ile is a human rights lawyer with 15 years of experience with multidisciplinary teams in the private and nonprofit sectors. During her time with CAF America, Kinga has become passionate about using human rights principles to motivate the private sector in seeking to deliver social benefits. Her experience spans from assisting businesses with their expansion strategies into new markets, to representing clients in international arbitration proceedings. Within the nonprofit arena, in her role with the Open Society Foundations, Kinga worked with human rights organizations worldwide focusing on international justice and minority rights.

About The Book

  • “Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide”
  • Ted Hart & Kinga Ile (Editors) | June 6, 2018 | Charity Channel Press
  • Hardcover  ISBN-13: 978-1938077937 | Price:  $63.95
  • Genre: Informational/Reference

In an interview the authors of “Cross-Border Giving” can discuss:

  • 7 principles for ethical grantmaking
  • The 3 Rs of grantmaking: regulation, risk and reputation
  • The risk of charitable funds being diverted to terrorists
  • Combating terrorist financing, money laundering, and bribery in philanthropy
  • The effect of post-9/11 legislation on international charities
  • The best practices for regulatory compliance in giving around the world
  • The mechanisms for cross-border giving
  • The importance of transparency in international philanthropy
  • Considering cross-cultural differences
  • Assessing the impact of philanthropic programs
  • and much more!


An interview with the editors of “Cross-Border Giving”, Ted Hart and Kinga Ile

Where did the idea to compile this comprehensive guide come from?
The idea of “Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide” emerged from our aspiration to provide an up to date, comprehensive resource for those who are committed to international philanthropy. Since the last publication that addressed some of the concepts discussed in this book is more than seven years old, we felt that it was of utmost importance to mobilize the experts in the field to join us in creating this guide. This publication, in tandem with CAF America’s annual International Grantmaking Symposium – an executive training on the ins and outs of international grantmaking – will provide the most up to date and in-depth overview to everyone committed to international philanthropy.

CAF America has facilitated cross-border giving since 1992. As such, we have established an extensive technical and practical knowledge in the field. To effectively facilitate international giving, we have to be experts in the US rules and regulations governing this field. However, we believe this is insufficient . We also need to have a very good understanding of the norms governing the flow of foreign charitable funding into the countries around the world where our donors seek to support causes they most care about.

Deciphering domestic and international regulatory arenas and keeping abreast of the changes in these spaces is not only daunting, but also a costly endeavor. One of the options is to monitor the latest guidelines issued by the IRS, the new developments pertaining to anti- money laundering and terrorist financing regulations, and devote long hours to researching foreign legislation. Another option, albeit even more cost-prohibitive, is to engage outside legal counsel to provide guidance.

How and why did you decide to gather so many authors to create the book?
What facilitates cross-border giving is a complex and multifaceted process. Understanding the legal mechanisms for giving internationally, ensuring regulatory compliance, and meeting the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing requirements has to be done in a cross-cultural context, bearing in mind the recent trends in international philanthropy and aiming to remain within the boundaries of ethical grantmaking. We invited our co-authors, experts in their respective fields, to join us in this collaboration as we believe that their combined expertise ensured that each of these aspects are addressed to their full extent.

Along with giving specific instructions, the book offers examples of practical applications of the information. Why was it important to you that the book was more than a dry reference text?
Although a fairly regulated field, international giving is not an exact science. For example, while it is a legal requirement that we vet foreign charitable organizations to establish their eligibility to receive funding from US donors; conducting this due diligence can require grantmakers to make certain judgement calls. Verifying compliance with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations, identifying possible fraudulent donations, communicating with recipient charities and collecting their reports are all aspects that rely heavily on lessons learned, systems changed and perfected. We believe that a comprehensive guide has to cover the soft science of cross-border giving.
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