Ted Hart appointed new CEO of CAF America

28 February 2012

Today, Charities Aid Foundation of America announced that Ted Hart will join as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) starting March 1, 2012.

Charities Aid Foundation of America is a leader in global philanthropy, connecting a multitude of American donors to overseas humanitarian and charitable causes, so that anyone can make a significant difference internationally.

Through its rigorous due diligence of international charities, and focus on providing a first rate donor experience, Charities Aid Foundation of America has changed the culture of global giving; Hart’s new leadership is expected to take the Foundation to a new level.

Hart is well positioned to lead the Foundation; he is a foremost expert in online and traditional fundraising, the former CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, a creator of People to People Fundraising, the Founder of the international ePhilanthropy Foundation, and host of the popular 'Nonprofit Coach with Ted Hart' radio show. Mr. Hart is also a prolific writer, having edited and written several books including: 'People to People Fundraising' and 'Internet Management for Nonprofits'.

“I am excited to lead Charities Aid Foundation of America,” said Mr. Hart. “There are two powerful forces at work that position us for success. First, the federal Foreign Aid budget is shrinking and targeted for even more cuts, but at the same time Americans are giving more to international nonprofits. So an organization with this mission and capabilities has never been more important. By combining the talents of those already working at Charities Aid Foundation of America with my own experience; I’m confident we will move the cause of international philanthropy forward together, making cross-border philanthropy more accessible, efficient and prominent in the United States.”

Most charitable organisations focus on domestic nonprofits, however Charities Aid Foundation of America helps families, corporations and foundations realise charitable visions by making a lasting impact through international giving.

Over recent years, Americans’ growth in international giving has outpaced growth in giving to domestic organisations, and as more people contribute overseas, Charities Aid Foundation of America has facilitated that process, making it more accessible and safer: donors can give with the confidence that the Foundation has carefully vetted each charitable organisation. In short, the Foundation connects American donors with international nonprofits of their choice by providing critical knowledge and delivering creative, personalised giving solutions.

Janet Boyd, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Charities Aid Foundation of America: “We are delighted to welcome Ted as our new CEO - he will help our organisation change and grow in the coming years as the need for our services expands. Looking to the future, we see Ted taking our message of accessible, safe and effective global philanthropy and ingraining it in the American philanthropic landscape.”

Navigating the complex guidelines associated with international donations can be intimidating for American donors, particularly in the post 9/11 world where charities have to be carefully vetted. With the best due diligence team, and a new CEO with industry acumen and experience in donation security, Charities Aid Foundation of America is a natural choice for charitable giving.

Charities Aid Foundation of America helps US donors move quickly from philanthropic aspirations to effective action; from ideas to implementation and impact.

It ensures that grants are made professionally and it handles reporting requirements. It can help shape a giving program through a donor-advised fund, provide tracking of grants, and gauge the impact of the donor’s philanthropic vision. In some cases, this means assessing results in terms of new jobs created or homes built, wildlife acres preserved or children educated. In others, it may mean working with its CAF International Network partners around the world to effect changes in local, national or international policy.

All of these elements distinguish Charities Aid Foundation of America in the U.S. global philanthropy arena.

More on Charities Aid Foundation of America

  • Charities Aid Foundation of America is uniquely qualified to service one of the fastest-growing segments of the philanthropic world: international or cross-border giving.
  • It distributes more than $100 million in donor funds to over 2,500 foreign non-profit organisations in more than 76 countries and has a close working relationship with the CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) International Network - giving it the experience required to ensure safe and effective overseas charitable grantmaking.
  • An experienced due diligence team makes Charities Aid Foundation of America the organisation to trust when looking to make a difference abroad.
  • The range of solutions available - Donor Advised Gifts, Donor Advised  Funds, Matching Donor Advised Funds, Designated Funds, ‘Friends of’ Charity Funds and international legacies - offer flexibility and choice to individuals, foundations and corporations looking to effective positive change.

Since 2002 the Foundation has:

  • Tripled the number of funds collected, grants processed and donors served
  • Created a unique ‘Friends of’ Charity Fund for foreign nonprofits to fundraise in the US
  • Designed a tailored grants administration service for corporations interested in outsourcing the due diligence and overall administration while still retaining the grantmaking themselves
  • Raised over $170 million for thousands of nonprofits around the world

More on Ted Hart, ACFRE

Mr. Hart brings extensive experience in internet and global philanthropy to Charities Aid Foundation of America; he is sought after as an internationally recognised speaker and consultant on topics related to nonprofit strategy and board/volunteer development both online and offline. He previously served as CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, an international consultancy to nonprofits/NGOs. He has inspired the creation of People to People Fundraising, an online fundraising movement. He is also Founder of the international ePhilanthropy Foundation and has also taken a leadership role in helping nonprofits become more green by founding the greennonprofits.org movement.

Hart has served as CEO of the University Maryland Medical System Foundation, and before that as Chief Development Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Bayview Campus. He was one of the youngest professionals ever to be certified as an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Hart is the editor and author of many books and published articles and the host of the 'Nonprofit Coach' internet radio programme. His most recent book is entitled 'Internet Management for Nonprofits'. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member to the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University (NYC).

Mr. Hart has a daughter and a son.

Media contact

For more information, please contact Alex Slater on (202) 464 6919 or via email.

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