NGOsource Update
DAFs Join NGOsource to Extend Int’l Giving
DAFs Join NGOsource to Extend Int’l Giving
NGOsource members include not just foundations, but also donor advised funds (DAFs), like Schwab Charitable and National Philanthropic Trust. As NGOsource members with access to our unique equivalency determination (ED) repository, DAFs can offer their U.S. donor account holders a cost effective way to make direct international grants and gain the tax advantages of giving to a U.S. public charity.

In the past, few DAFs offered their donors an option to recommend grants to NGOs abroad. The cost of due diligence to determine if non-U.S. organizations were eligible for grants discouraged DAF providers and their donors. As a result, most donors were limited to 501(c)(3) organizations when giving from their DAF accounts.

DAFs that join NGOsource can minimize the cost and time required to vet NGOs as equivalent to U.S. public charities. When an NGO is already in our ED repository, members can get these EDs issued in one day for only $250.

This cost-effective approach enables more DAFs to offer direct international grantmaking services for the first time to their donors, and for smaller grants than were possible before. As a result, more U.S.-based donors are now using DAFs to give internationally while getting the tax benefit of giving to a 501(c)(3). See advantages for DAFs using NGOsource.

Why This ED System Works: Our GC at CoF
Leading Together
In late April we attended the Council on Foundations annual meeting Leading Together here in San Francisco, California.

Our general counsel, Sheila Warren, explained practical and legal barriers to making grants to non-U.S. NGOs. She shared key considerations to evaluate before giving abroad: expertise, capacity, relationship with grantee, compliance, and cost.

As an attorney who had done equivalency determination (“ED”) in private practice, Sheila can explain how NGOsource improves the process and standards by increasing efficiency and lowering the cost. She also gave a demo of NGOsource’s online system for easily managing their EDs.

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

to Our Newest Members
Increasing NGOsource membership leads to a larger repository of completed equivalency determinations (EDs). Our members benefit from each other's completed EDs. When grantmakers request an ED that’s already completed, we can reissue it to another member in one day for $250. We all share EDs under the NGOsource model.

Please join us in welcoming these new members:
  • Arcus Foundation
  • Growald Family Fund
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • ImpactAssets Inc.
  • Margaret Mellon Hitchcock Foundation
  • Seattle International Foundation
We do the legwork, legal work, and paperwork for you. NGOsource allows
U.S. grantmakers to quickly and accurately determine if an overseas NGO is equivalent to a U.S. public charity (the process of "equivalency determination" or "ED").
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NGOsource is a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup Global. TechSoup Global is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working toward the day when every nonprofit, library, and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology, knowledge, and resources it needs to operate at its full potential. The Council on Foundations, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations and corporate-giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

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