Closing Space for Civil Society & Philanthropy

Laws and regulations in other countries are creating increasingly onerous requirements upon philanthropy and civil society operating within them. Countries like India, Mexico, and China are instituting policies that restrict the flow of charitable funds across borders.

This has been described as a “closing space” for civil society and philanthropy. Navigating this growing trend is vital for funders whose grantees and operations are in these countries.

These resources will help U.S. foundations and grantmakers understand the closing space for civil society and philanthropy around the world and the Council’s work on the subject.

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The Council actively asserts its leadership role in the global policy space to ensure a positive regulatory environment for global philanthropy. To do that, the Council develops substantive policy positions on behalf of its members and submits regulatory comments and letters to U.S. policymakers, foreign governments and intergovernmental bodies, and advocates before domestic and international bodies that set policies that impact cross-border philanthropy.

As part of COF’s global philanthropy program, this members-only teleconference provided an overview on policy developments in Mexico that are impacting the flow of U.S. philanthropy into the country. On the call, expert speakers delved into the implications for funders of a new anti-money laundering law, changes to the Mexican tax code, and the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. Foundation leaders also explained how they navigate the changed regulatory environment and highlighted a range of new resources on grantmaking in Mexico.