Establishing U.S. "Friends" Organizations for Foreign Charities
Hodgson Russ establishes U.S. "friends" organizations for foreign charities to fundraise in the United States. We provide a complete package of services for our foreign charitable clients, including creating a U.S. nonprofit entity, obtaining an IRS 501(c)(3) determination, advising on receiving and acknowledging gifts, and advising on proper forms of corporate governance and compliance with state and federal laws. In 2010, we assisted one of our “friends” clients in obtaining and documenting a $2 million grant for educational programs in Africa and in making an appropriate sub-grant to a U.K. charity. We continue to work with this client to ensure proper documenting of milestones and reporting to the grantor.