International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Charities Aid Foundation of America

Full Service Global Grantmaking

aka CAF America

Alexandria, VA

Mission

Founded in 1992, Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) is a US 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to make giving internationally and domestically safe, easy, and effective for US donors. To accomplish this mission, CAF America streamlines the global grantmaking process, reducing risk, reputational exposure and administrative burden, while at the same time enabling its clients to make strategic, cost-effective, and tax-advantaged grants. CAF America provides global reach as a member of the CAF Global Alliance, with offices and partner organizations in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Russia, Bulgaria, South Africa, and Brazil.

Ruling Year

1993

CEO

Mr. Ted Hart

Main Address

225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 375 CAF America

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

Keywords

International, Philanthropy, Grantmaking, Donor Advised Services, philanthropic advising, advisory services

EIN

43-1634280

 Number

6185418785

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Since 1992, Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) has broken down the barriers to cross-border giving. As a truly global donor advised fund serving corporations, foundations, and individuals, we streamline the grantmaking process to eliminate
risk and administrative burden. Through our work, we help US donors support great causes by assisting them in making strategic, effective, and tax advantaged grants both internationally and domestically.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Grantmaking

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Average grant amount

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Grantmaking

Context notes

For FY 2017, 2016, 2015. 2014.

Median grant amount

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Grantmaking

Context notes

For FY 2017, 2016, 2015. 2014.

Number of organizations applying for grants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Grantmaking

Context notes

For FY 2017, 2016, 2015. 2014.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Grantmaking

Context notes

For FY 2017, 2016, 2015. 2014, & 2013

Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Grantmaking

Context notes

For FY 2017, 2016, 2015. 2014, & 2013

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

To help North American donors create effective philanthropy throughout the world. Individuals, companies, foundations & advisors rely on CAF America to develop, manage and monitor their philanthropy. Our key goals of what success for us would look like: Geographical coverage: Be the leading provider of global philanthropic solutions for donors looking to give both internationally & domestically. Continue enhancing our industry-leading grantmaking toolbox including ER/ED services, disaster relief, international and domestic employee giving, and corporate & philanthropic advisory services Increase the network of charities US donors can give to by enabling gifts to go to any charity in Canada, Australia, UK, EU, Russia, Southern Africa, India, Brazil via CAF offices. Be able to tell the grantee story more clearly with the goal of better describing the impact of the grantee's work. Expand our on-the-ground advisory services in Africa and Asia Pacific to other regions and countries.

Business Development Enable High Net Worth individuals and families to broaden their charitable missions to a truly global scope. Partner with leading corporations to facilitate impactful corporate citizenship strategies Support foreign charities by allowing them to access tax-effective and legally compliant funding from donors in the US and Canada Build effective structures for expedited grantmaking in key beneficiary countries Facilitate tax-effective giving for the philanthropic technology sector Communications Further efforts in using social media effectively Streamline communications throughout the entirety of CAF America, rendering a cohesive and comprehensive message in all communications, including social media, the website, marketing material and conference exhibitions. Increase CAF America's educational offerings in key areas of international grantmaking through events such as CAF America's annual International Grantmaking Symposium.

Core Strengths
Staff knowledge of global and local civil society and social issues
Offer the most innovative and customized charitable solutions for our donors
Industry-leading due diligence services that are required to make safe and secure cross-border and domestic grants
Use of an established and knowledgeable international network to provide seamless global philanthropy solutions
Achievement of a degree of financial independence as a US nonprofit and not dependent on external grant funding
Reputation in the field of cross-border philanthropy
25+ years of safe cross-border grant making working with the largest multi-national corporations

Examples of milestones include: Launched the Annual International Grantmaking Symposium in 2015 and leveraged CAF America's collaboration with Johns Hopkins Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to provide in-depth knowledge and practical application in the field of international and domestic grantmaking. Created new partnerships with a range of players in international grantmaking, including organizations working on Diaspora issues and the Sustainable Development Goals

Achievements in the last 5 years
Over 13,000 grants made to charitable organizations in 90 countries
Launched the Annual International Grantmaking Symposium in 2015 and leveraged CAF America's collaboration with Johns Hopkins Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to provide in-depth knowledge and practical application in the field of international and domestic grantmaking.
Developed customized solutions for UHNWI for their global and domestic giving
Revamped CAF America website to make it as transparent as possible in terms of our fees and services plus our news and accomplishments

External Reviews

Financials

Charities Aid Foundation of America

Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes