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Keynote Session
Friday, May 24, 2019 | 10:45 AM

The Regulatory Compliance Challenge of Cross Border Giving

Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®, CAF America, CAF Canada

Nonprofits have proven time and time again that they are often the first—if not the only— respondents in time of crises. In spite of fulfilling such a critical role, their very existence is often threatened. It would be sensible to assume that the challenge is lack of funding and the answer is a strong segment of committed donors. However, the true key to sustainability, to continued existence, and access to funding is regulatory compliance. 

Since September 11, 2001, civil societies across the world have come under increased pressure from many governments. Initially seen as potential conduits for terrorist funding (especially pre-revised FATF Recommendation 8), nonprofits continue to work in an often dizzying maze of regulations that impose burdensome requirements trying to attract both local and foreign charitable donations. While evidence of this trend can be found all around the world, NGOs in countries where the need is arguably the greatest are particularly vulnerable. Now more than ever, full regulatory compliance speaks not only to making  the outbound transfer of funds possible, but also to enable the foreign nonprofit to access the funding in their host country, without inadvertently threatening the NGO’s legal standing.

This keynote will provide attendees with an updated understanding of how donors and the nonprofit sector can continue to operate within the confines of domestic and foreign regulations relying on the 3Rs of cross-border giving: regulation compliance, risk mitigation, and reputation protection.




Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®, CAF America, CAF Canada

Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®, is the President and CEO of CAF America and the President of CAF Canada, global grantmaking organizations with more than 32 years of combined experience in cross-border giving.

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.

Before joining CAF America, Ted served as President of an international consultancy firm, providing strategic solutions to major nonprofits and NGOs. He has co-authored six books published by John Wiley & Sons, including People to People Fundraising, Internet Management for Nonprofits and Fundraising on the Internet. Ted played a critical role in the creation of the green nonprofits movement  and was founder of the International ePhilanthropy Foundation.

In addition to his Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree, Ted is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), he holds the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation, which is held globally by less than 120 people, and is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP). Ted is ISO 27001 certified, an information security management certification.

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