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  • Chart: How Many Children Could be Helped if Frozen Charitable Funds Were Released? | Charity & Security Network
    8 million in charitable donations were released to the US Fund for UNICEF Aid Benefit and Cost Cost Per Child Family If 7 million in frozen charitable funds would be released If 19 8 million in frozen charitable funds would be released 41 children receive basic health supplies for 25 0 61 child 11 480 000 children helped 32 472 000 children helped 2 children immunized from the 6 leading child killing diseases measles polio diphtheria whooping cough tetanus and TB for 34 17 child 411 764 children immunized 1 164 706 children immunized 174 children receive polio vaccine for 100 0 57 child 12 180 000 children vaccinated 34 452 000 children vaccinated 118 children receive wool blankets for 450 3 81 child 1 835 555 children helped 5 192 000 children helped 555 children receive sachets of ready to eat therapeutic nut spread to nourish children with severe malnutrition for 150 0 27 child 25 900 000 children helped 73 260 000 children helped 1 family provided a sturdy tent for 733 733 family 9 549 families helped 27 012 families helped 60 families receive a basic family water kit for 883 14 72 family 475 651 families helped 1 345 413 families helped 400 children receive a School In A Box kit to help resume education for children affected by natural disasters for 1 160 2 90 child 2 413 793 children helped 6 827 586 children helped http volunteers unicefusa org activities fundraise The Office of Foreign Assets Control report for 2009 indicates 19 8 million in assets have been frozen for all individuals and entities on its watchlist There is no public Treasury information on how much of that comes from charities but news reports indicate at least 7 million in U S charitable assets

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/analysis/Chart_Treasury_Frozen_Charitable_Funds%3F (2016-02-16)
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  • Legal Authority and Process of Office of Foreign Assets Control to Release Frozen Charitable Funds | Charity & Security Network
    Finance Chapter V Office of Foreign Assets Control Department of Treasury Part 501 Reporting Procedures and Penalties Regulations Treasury maintains tight control over implementation of transactions authorized by specific licenses They are not transferable and may be revoked or modified at the discretion of the Secretary of the Treasury Sec 803 The license application process is exempt from the Administrative Procedure Act Sec 804 because it involves foreign affairs and OFAC s decision to grant or deny the license constitutes final agency action Sec 802 OFAC can require reports periodically and at any time either before or after transactions are completed Sec 602 III Process for Unblocking Frozen Funds To release frozen funds a designated organization must apply for a specific license from Treasury The procedures are spelled out in Subpart E of Part 501 To unblock funds an applicant must use Form TD F 90 22 54 Sec 501 801 b 2 It asks for information detailing the date the funds were blocked the financial institution holding them and the proposed beneficiary and amount of the transfer Sec 501 801 b 3 requires the applicant to submit the names of all parties concerned with or interested in the proposed transaction and any further information as is deemed necessary The applicant or other party in interest can provide additional information at any time before the decision is made OFAC can arrange for an oral presentation of the application Denial of the application does not preclude a subsequent re opening or filing of a new application The applicant or other party in interest may request an explanation of the denial by letter or in person Sec 501 801 b 4 Once approved a license authorizing transactions has the effect of removing a prohibition or prohibitions contained in this part from the transaction but only to the extent specifically stated by its terms Sec 597 501 c It will not validate any transaction that occurs prior to the date of issuance unless it specifically states otherwise Sec 597 501 a The OFAC Director retains the power to exclude any person property or transaction from the operation of any license Sec 501 597 502 In addition OFAC can condition a license on reporting in such form and at such times and places as it wishes 501 801 b 5 If OFAC believes a violation of part or license has occurred the regulations provide a process for enforcement including a pre penalty notice Sec 597 701 705 Once funds are transfer away from an FTO pursuant to a license they are no longer considered funds of the FTO Sec 597 403 a In addition Sec 405 allows transactions ordinarily incident to a licensed transaction and necessary to give effect thereto In instances where a charitable organization has not applied for a license Treasury can provide the organization with information about the specific license application process For U S organizations whose governing body is no longer operational Treasury can contact the Attorney Generals in the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/background/legal_process_release_frozen_funds (2016-02-16)
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  • Top Court Decides Not to Hear Appeal in Holy Land Foundation Case | Charity & Security Network
    during the trial Click here for case background summary The five defendants had been convicted in 2008 for conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism and other charges The government did not claim the HLF officials provided direct support to a terrorist group Instead it argued that charitable aid to local charities it said are affiliated with Hamas provides a public relations benefit to a terrorist group making it a crime The defendants were convicted even though the local charities that received HLF support are not on any government watchlists and received money from the United States Agency for International Development USAID The five defendants face jail sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years Noor Elashi the daughter of HLF co founder Ghassan Elashi wrote a blog post about her father s case I am still in shock that the case has gone as far as it has because in its essence the HLF case is about a bold humanitarian endeavor that was put to an end she wrote The first trial ended in a hung jury but prosecutors obtained convictions in a retrial the following year Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Top_Court_Not_Hear_Appeal_Holy_Land_Foundation (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    to Shut Down Charities Date September 15 2009 The legal authority for the Department of Treasury to designate a person or organization as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist SDGT or freeze assets pending investigation is based on laws providing for economic sanctions against foreign nations going back to the Trading With the Enemy Act in 1917 and ending with the Patriot Act Read more about Summary of Economic Sanctions Laws and Regulations Authorizing Treasury to Shut Down Charities Foreign Legal Challenges to Terrorist Designation Prove Successful Date April 9 2009 On Feb 17 2009 a Swedish court in Malmo acquitted the head of a charity of charges that he financed terrorism through a charitable group Khalid al Yousef the leader of al Aqsa Spannmal Grain Foundation faced a six year jail sentence if convicted It has also been reported that 150 000 in donations raised by the charity which had been frozen by the United States and Britain will be returned Read more about Foreign Legal Challenges to Terrorist Designation Prove Successful Legal Authority and Process of Office of Foreign Assets Control to Release Frozen Charitable Funds Date November 6 2006 External Link From OMB Watch The power of the federal government to release blocked assets seized from entities designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations for Specially Designated Nationals derives from the same statutory framework as the power to freeze and seize assets These statutes International Emergency Economic Powers Act IEEPA as amended by the Patriot Act and the Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 authorize the President to promulgate regulations governing implementation of these powers Read more about Legal Authority and Process of Office of Foreign Assets Control to Release Frozen Charitable Funds Principles and Procedures for Release of Frozen Funds for Charitable Purposes Proposed to Dept

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Frozen%20Funds?type=All&page=1 (2016-02-16)
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  • Proposed IRS Rule Could Make International Grantmaking Easier | Charity & Security Network
    that the donee organization would qualify as a public charity in the U S A good faith determination is defined as one based on an affidavit of the donee organization or written advice from a qualified tax professional that the donee is the equivalent of a public charity The affidavits or advice must set forth sufficient facts concerning the operation and support of the donee organization for the Internal Revenue Service to determine it is a public charity equivalent The new rules expand the definition of a qualified tax professional that can conduct such a review to an attorney a certified public accountant or an enrolled agent Enrolled agents are defined by 31 CFR 10 2 and 10 3 which govern qualifications to practice before the IRS Foreign attorneys would not be eligible unless they meet the requirements of a qualified tax practitioner In addition to seeking general comments the notice of proposed rulemaking asked for comments on three specific issues Should there be a time limit on how long a grantmaker can rely on the written advice of a qualified tax practitioner Should the rules be changed to eliminate or limit a grantmaker s ability to rely on an affidavit from a foreign charity Should the guidance on what equivalency affidavits should contain be changed to reflect extension of the time to calculate the a charity s public support from four to five years The Council on Foundations President Vikki N Spruill said At a time when challenges continue to mount and needs know no borders this is a critical and positive step in enabling philanthropy to give as much as it can where it is needed most wherever that may be Kelly Simone deputy general counsel said we expect it will also serve as a guide to public

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Proposed_IRS_Rule_Could_Make_International_Grantmaking_Easier (2016-02-16)
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  • American Foundations' International Grants On the Rise | Charity & Security Network
    S Foundation Trends was co produced by the Foundation Center and the Council on Foundations The report found that American foundations gave an estimated 5 4 billion in 2007 up almost a half billion from 2006 International grants also saw a significant increase up 50 from 2002 A survey done in the report concludes that nearly half of the respondents expect to increase their international giving in 2008 and only 7 expect to make fewer grants Despite the additional international giving another survey question in the report found that nearly three fifths of respondents agreed that the more demanding post 9 11 regulatory environment discourages giving to non US based organizations The entire report can be purchased at the Foundation Center s website Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Grants_On_Rise (2016-02-16)
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  • Guidelines and Codes of Conduct Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Let the Experts Define Due Diligence Treasury Comments Show that Nonprofit Groups Right to End Dialogue Part 1 Response to Matthew Levitt s Take on Due Diligence by Charities Part 2 Response to Matthew Levitt s Take on Due Diligence by Charities Resources 2011 Sphere Handbook Operating Standards for Humanitarian Responders Examples of Charitable Sector Due Diligence Standards UK Charity Commission Compliance Toolkit Grantmaker Accountability Principles Reports InterAction New Vision for U S NGO USAID Relationship Oxfam America Managing Donor Risk when Building Partnerships Managing Risk Critical to Maximizing Humanitarian Impact Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations Guide to Non governmental Organizations for the Military Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Guidelines_and_Codes_of%20Conduct_Overview%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • InterAction Members Adopt New Standards Governing Assistance Programs | Charity & Security Network
    S based NGOs will certify that they comply with the standards which started in the early 1990s and are updated every two years InterAction s PVO standards are a set of guidelines and best practices covering aid program management organizational governance and structure and financial reporting for all of its members For example when responding to a food crisis it encourages members to work closely with other NGOs but also with multilateral agencies like the United Nations local communities and governments and other key stakeholders to determine the most appropriate types and quantities of food aid the most efficient supply chain management and those most in need It also promotes the principles of the Sphere Project an effort that brings a wide range of humanitarian actors together to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance during or after a natural disaster or armed conflict The 2013 InterAction s PVO standards state A member shall make its best efforts to ensure that assistance is provided on a nondiscriminatory basis To the maximum extent possible disaster response should be treated as a humanitarian and nonpolitical matter p 11 Agencies engaged in disaster response will be guided and informed by the Sphere Project s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response p 11 The organization shall oppose and shall not be a willing party to wrongdoing terrorism corruption bribery other financial impropriety or illegal acts in any of its activities p 5 An organization s communications shall respect the dignity values history religion and culture of the people served by the programs p 7 Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/InterAction_2013_PVO_Standards (2016-02-16)
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