U.S.-based nonprofit organizations operate overseas training facilities, schools, clinics, hospitals, universities, research facilities, scholarship programs, and many other charitable efforts. Each of those oversees operations must comply with U.S. laws and regulations in addition to local requirements.
Additionally, U.S. nonprofits operating abroad face a host of management issues - utilization of worldwide boards of directors, international fundraising, merging U.S. and overseas workforces, understanding local customers' cultural needs, working with new types of stakeholders, and utilizing local financing.
Connecting all the dots is a service I offer. Organizational assessment is the usual starting point, followed by building a management plan that engages the local and U.S. workforce. An important component of the management plan is legal compliance, but legal concerns comprise only a small part of what is required to operate successfully in the international arena.