Patriot Act and Nonprofits

Guidestar recently published an article on "The Patriot Act and the Nonprofit Sector: Charitable Organizations After 9/11."  The article makes the following points:

  • The Act stipulates that financial contributions to questionable organizations are a punishable crime.
  • Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) lists individuals and organizations that the government suspects have ties to terrorism and whose assets have therefore been frozen (click here for the updated list).
  • To date, OFAC has named only seven U.S. charities as having suspected links to terrorism.
  • Guidestar records identify that each of these seven suspected charities have had their assets frozen and six have had their exempt status revoked.

Click here for the Guidestar article.