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Born to Give: A Human Approach to Catalyzing Philanthropy

July 1, 2015

In an effort to promote a culture of greater giving, this report shines light on the experience and impact of having wealth and what can be done to support and inspire this next-generation of philanthropic leaders. Given the unique nature of the generation and their experiences, this paper proposes that, instead of focusing on the technicalities of philanthropy, focusing on the relationships and emotional development behind philanthropy is the most effective and beneficial approach to not only to promote generosity, but also the well-being of all involved. Using modern research and relevant perspectives, this report provides an overview of 1) what we know about this next-generation of wealth holders, 2) what we know about the nature of giving, and 3) what we can do to further support this population and cultivate a new wave of philanthropy where all will thrive.

Rules to Give By: A Global Philanthropy Legal Environment Index

December 1, 2014

Philanthropy and charitable giving are the lifeblood of civil society. The support of individuals and companies, voluntarily choosing to give their money to help others, is vital to the work of non-profit organizations ("NPOs") around the world. Although this activity is, by definition, independent of government, governments can still play a crucial role in ensuring the right legislative and regulatory conditions for such activity to thrive. This is something that all governments should strive to achieve, as a vibrant civil society sector is a key element of any healthy society. Despite the importance of government support for philanthropy in ensuring the sustainability of civil society, little is known about the overall global picture of how widespread this support is and what form it takes. This report is intended to address this gap in our knowledge and includes recommended international standards for the structures that support philanthropy. Rules to Give By is the first evaluation of the regulatory and tax conditions associated with philanthropy in each of the 193 United Nations Member States. Nexus has worked with McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Charities Aid Foundation over the last two years to gather and analyze comparative information on the legal and fiscal framework for charitable giving around the world that will provide an invaluable new evidence base and advance the debate in this area. This report is the first stage of Nexus's "Global Campaign for a Culture of Philanthropy", which advocates for public policies at local and global levels which encourage and enable more effective giving, recognizes the diverse forms in which philanthropy appears, and promotes best practice and role models to inspire greater generosity. We hope that the report and the accompanying index will be of interest to anyone who wants to better understand the legal frameworks governing the tax treatment of NPOs and charitable donations around the world, and how these frameworks can be used to stimulate greater philanthropic giving. This will include those in governments who have the power to design and implement the necessary policies, as well as those who stand to benefit from these policies such as philanthropists, businesses, and civil society.

Re/integration of Trafficked persons : Working with Trafficked Children and Youth

October 1, 2014

This paper was developed in the context of the Trafficking Victims Re/integration Programme (TVRP), which funds NGO's in several countries of Southeastern Europe. It is the fifth of a series that aim to shed light on good practices in the area of re/integration as well as on important lessons learned.This paper addresses the issue of the re/integration of trafficked children and youth, drawing on the first hand experiences of service providers in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.Children and youth have become an increasing portion of persons being trafficked from and within the Balkan region. Some are exploited sexually, others are exploited for different forms of labour, including begging and street selling. This paper discusses each of the different services and types of support needed to meet the specific re/integration needs of trafficked children and youth in the light of international standards. It also looks into challenges facing service providers such as the identification of trafficked children, prosecution of perpetrators due to gaps in the criminal code as well as forster care.