Launched in 2015, the IGS aimed to fill a gap in the sector by offering a training specifically tailored to the needs of professionals dedicated to advancing international philanthropy.

Now in its fifth year, the IGS has become the preeminent forum for our fellow practitioners, corporate foundation colleagues, advisors, and attorneys to come together and learn about the latest rules and regulations governing cross-border giving. We focus on rules in the US, as well as country laws impacting the ability of foreign nonprofits to receive funding from outside of their country’s borders.

And we don’t stop there. At the IGS, we take a close look at how these rules are applied in practice and how they interact with the current trends affecting philanthropy, such as the closing space for civil society. While we discuss the challenges of cross-border philanthropy,  we also share best practices that enable us to provide support where it is needed most.

This year, we are excited to partner with The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. With an alumni of more than 105 delegates and 50 speakers representing 87 leading organizations, the IGS is a one-of-a-kind learning experience with two full days of engaging workshops and presentations.


Who Should Attend?

The Symposium is tailored to grantmaking professionals, CSR managers, foundation leaders, corporate executives, and philanthropic advisors committed to advancing international philanthropy.


Why Participate?

The Symposium conveys the most up-to-date information pertaining to cross-border giving, while creating a space for debate and discussion about how legal, political, social, and economic developments across the world impact philanthropy. Throughout the two-day series of workshops and presentations by experts in their fields, participants will be able to connect with thought leaders and practitioners of leading organizations in philanthropy.

CAF America is a global grantmaking organization assisting corporations, foundations, and individuals. We streamline the grantmaking process to eliminate risk and administrative burden. Through our work, we help donors support great causes by assisting them in making strategic, effective, and tax-advantaged grants internationally and domestically. In just the last five years CAF America has given $532 million to 4,299 charitable organizations in 107 countries around the world

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.

Our multi-disciplinary team’s work is characterized by a focus on social impact, an approach that leverages the best available information, and a commitment to making our guidance available and actionable for a wide-range of impact-focused funders.

Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide


Recommended reading for any professional in philanthropy, Cross-Border Giving features 17 expert authors and covers a multitude of topics including: ethical grantmaking, the closing space for civil society, equivalency determination & expenditure responsibility, preparing for an audit, and many more.




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