From the U.S. standpoint, the process of a nonprofit establishing international operations may include a few legal steps, such as reporting international gifts or affiliations, as well as making adjustments to your organization's exempt status and/or changing charitable deductions for non-U.S. activities. Learn IRS tips for reporting for foreign activities. >>

"Going global" may also require nonprofits to heed post-9/11 guidelines relating to terrorism and other cross-border concerns.

From the standpoint of the country or countries in which you plan on operating, compliance with incorporation laws and requirements will be essential, and may require in-country legal support as well as contacts within the country that can serve as organizational partners.

See also our related Knowledge Base articles: Selected resources below might be helpful.

- Where can I find information on nonprofits' responsibilities in regards to the USA PATRIOT Act and terrorism?
- What is risk management? Where can I learn more about it?
- Where can I find information about collaboration and other kinds of strategic alliances?
- What do I do if I suspect that a charity is a fraud?

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Just 12% of international grant dollars from U.S. foundations went directly to organizations based in the country where programs were implemented. The remaining 88% was channeled through organizations based elsewhere.

Watch "How Do US Foundations Support Global Programs and Partners? New Data and Trends" to learn more.

Topic(s) Collaboration Starting a Nonprofit

Subject(s) International Relations

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