Above Photo: Czech scrolls saved from the Nazis on display at the Memorial Scrolls Trust


In assuming the risks and liabilities of providing grants to foreign entities, the American Fund for Charities is responsible for ensuring that the organization is legitimate, true to its stated mission, financially accountable, and effective.  In these and other ways, the AFC upholds US law pertaining to support of foreign entities.

Guidestar: Please click here for our latest Form 990.

Eligibility to become an AFC grant recipient includes the following:

A detailed application and assessment process for new charities, with extensive documentation.Written agreement with all involved parties certifying:

  • That grants received will only be spent for charitable purposes;
  • Compensation of board members is prohibited;
  • Grant recipients include no representatives of a foreign government;
  • Funds will not be used in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Relevant laws and regulations

International Trade Sanctions and embargoes

These are a long-standing component of U.S. foreign policy and can impact grantmaking.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

The FCPA prohibits commercial and non-profit organizations from making payments to foreign officials or political entities in order to help obtain or retain business. It also addresses accounting transparency requirements.

Executive Order 13224

The U.S. government may freeze assets of individuals and organizations deemed to support terrorism. This power extends to donations made to organizations believed to be directly or indirectly supporting terrorism.

U.S. Patriot Act

This law requires assurance that grants to foreign entities will not be used to fund terrorist activity.

Individual Country Laws and Regulations:

Grantmakers must be aware of grant recipients’ domestic laws regarding donations.