Going Global: Operating Charitable Programs Abroad

Philanthropy in the US has always carried a distinctly global mindset.  US-based nonprofits have a lengthy and impressive history of not only sending money, goods, and volunteers to help those in need, but also operating overseas to directly conduct their missions.  Legal and practical issues may vary considerably. Several basic pro-active steps, however, apply to nearly every nonprofit contemplating international activities.

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The Legal Side of Mission Trips

Mission trips can provide fantastic opportunities to help others, to learn, and to grow spiritually.  Indeed, an estimated 2 to 4 million Americans participate in mission trips annually.  Aside from the packing list and the plane ticket, what do responsible leaders and participants need to know for legal compliance, optimal safety, and even tax reporting purposes?  Here are eight key legal tips for successful mission trips.