Charitable Donations and the USA Patriot Act -- CHF International Turns to Truth Technologies

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Charitable organizations' new role in fighting terrorism.

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks prompted the US Government to wide spread legal and regulatory reactions impacting the activities of US nonprofits. Under the provisions of Executive Order 13224 and the USA Patriot Act, charities risk criminal prosecution, civil penalties and the freezing of their assets if they are found to have made grants to foreign or domestic individuals or organizations supporting terrorism. These provisions are complemented by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's "Anti-Terrorist Financing Guidelines" and the "Principles of International Charity" developed by the Nonprofit Community.

Faced with such an unexpected challenge, CHF International (, headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, turned to Truth Technologies, Inc. ( for assistance and compliance in its worldwide operations. "CHF is typical of our clients, uncompromising in their requirements, operating globally, and requiring value for their money. Truth Technologies breadth of services, customization, quality of service, internationalization, and value make a perfect fit to CHF's requirements" says David Olenzak, COO of Truth Technologies. The company's "Sentinel" product today is standing guard to effectively safeguard CHF International from attempts of abusing the organization and to comply with its new obligations under the law. Sentinel verifies identities of the many recipients of grants and donors and alerts CHF when any of the relevant watch lists is violated.

"We appreciate the enhanced ability Truth Technologies' 'Sentinel' software suite provides us to ensure that every dollar to improve the lives of low-income communities around the world is spent exactly as it was intended," said Khuloud Odeh, Chief Information Officer at CHF International. She added, "As a major implementer of US Government foreign assistance programs, we are committed to being in full compliance with all relevant rules and regulations."

Founded in 1952, CHF International's mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping families improve their economic circumstances, environment and infrastructure. CHF has worked in nearly 100 countries worldwide since its inception, and is a leader in microfinance, economic development and responding to natural and complex humanitarian emergencies.

Truth Technologies, Inc. of Vienna, VA, founded in 1996 is the developer of the Sentinel product suite. Sentinel is one of the most advanced, flexible, and customizable anti-money laundering, counter terrorism financing and anti-fraud software on the market today. Sentinel is a unique, high-speed identity verification system that relies on executing queries across multiple databases to perform a holistic risk assessment in real time. Sentinel is presently available in 3 languages, comprises three modules and is being used by financial and other institutions in several countries.


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