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Charitable entities and compliance

Tom Fox | February 19, 2018

The requirements of anti-corruption laws such as the FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act apply to charities as well as for-profit entities. Yet, many charitable entities in the United States are not aware of such potential exposure and do not have anything close to a best practices compliance program. Two recent developments caught the eye of The Man From FCPA about charities and best practices.

The first report noted how charities often are required to “do more with less.” Ray Justice, senior director of compliance operations and awards at Plan International USA, said that “there can be trade-offs between investments and opportunities to improve processes and procedures. I believe you see smaller organizations having great compliance systems in place, but if they grow too fast they cannot keep up with it and struggle.” Another challenge is overlaying a charitable entity’s...

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