Monday, June 8, 2009
ThirdSector reports that at charity regulators from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland pledged to share information to prevent forum shopping by terrorists seeking to exploit charities. The regulators met at what at their third annual conference, which the Charity Commission hosted this year. It is not clear to what extent information will (and can, legally) be shared by these various regulators, or how the regulators will view that information in light of the fact that the standards for charities in their various countries vary significantly. What is clear, however, is that the regulators are well aware of each others activities, with, for example, the head of the Charity Commission expressing interest in a new U.S. study of public benefit provided by hospitals and a new Canadian policy regarding charities operating abroad, which may refer to proposed guidance regarding when an organization established to protect human rights can register as a charity in Canada.