NGOsource Update
Final ED Rules Affirm NGOsource Approach
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The IRS and Treasury department issued final rules on equivalency determinations (EDs), the reliance standards for making good faith determinations about non-U.S. charities, September 25, 2015.

The regulations are a direct result of years of advocacy by the Council on Foundations, TechSoup Global, and leading foundations to reduce barriers to global grantmaking through an ED repository that allows for economies of scale and simplifies international giving — to make it more cost effective for foundations, donor advised funds, and charities to give to non-U.S. NGOs. See how the final regs affirm our approach.

Doug Rutzen: Aid Barriers and Protectionism
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Kyle Reis spoke with Douglas Rutzen, president and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and author of “Aid Barriers and the Rise of Philanthropic Protectionism.” With governments in 50 countries since 2012 restricting their NGOs’ funding from “foreign” sources, organizational lifecycle, and civic freedoms (freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and the like), this challenges the fundamental value and role of civil society and philanthropy. We must all come together to respond collectively. Read about the issue and what you can do.

A Rapidly Growing Repository = More Giving
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As our central ED repository grows, grantmakers have a greater chance of finding that the ED they want to request has already been certified by us. EDs are delivered within one business day for $250. This sharp reduction in cost makes it much easier for U.S.-based donors of all sizes to provide funding to NGOs around the world, in amounts large and small. This shared system allows all our grantmaker members to save thousands of dollars and precious hours of staff time. Get the numbers on the repository’s rapid growth and learn what that means for international philanthropy.

Welcome to Our Newest Members!
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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:

  • Global Integrated Education Volunteers Association
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • The Whitehead 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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"It is our pleasure to help NGOsource enhance its service and grow its repository of equivalency determinations. I appreciate all that the NGOsource team is doing to make it easier to give internationally."

— Liz Peters, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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