Giving internationally via American intermediary charities

Americans have shown a growing interest in philanthropic causes overseas in recent years. But giving abroad can be complicated. Ensuring that such donations reach their intended target and are used effectively, are tax-deductible and don't violate antiterrorism laws or any other U.S. government restrictions can be a daunting task.

Those are some of the reasons many donors opt to work with U.S.-based intermediary charities created for international giving. These organizations act as a channel for donations, ensuring that the money goes to reputable recipients and has the desired effect, and that contributions meet all legal requirements. Because they are U.S.-based, donations made through them are tax-deductible.

Contributors can ask an intermediary to direct money to a cause they have chosen, or choose to support projects an intermediary recommends. Contributions can be made by individuals, groups, foundations or companies.

A list of intermediaries and nonprofits involved in international philanthropy can be found on the Web site of U.S. International Grantmaking, usig.org, a project of the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

Wall Street Journal

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