IRS Says Control Needed Over Use of Funds in Foreign Grant-Making Arena

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Proper control and discretion over use of funds is required when U.S. charities are making grants to foreign charities, an IRS official says in a webinar. This includes reasonable care to ensure use of the assets for charitable purposes, vetting of the foreign grantee, an agreement on the grant's purpose, and continuing oversight of the grant, Mary Jo Salins, IRS supervisory tax law specialist in exempt organizations, says in a session devoted to international activities of domestic charitable organizations. U.S.-based organizations are major players in global philanthropy, operating in various ways, Salins says.

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