NGOsource Update
NGOsource ED How-To at Haiti Summit
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Already one of the poorest, most struggling countries in the world, Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake in January 2010. It killed 316,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless. Relief flowed in, but direct funding of Haitian NGOs seemed to be lacking. The relief effort was said to have too often “excluded Haitians from their own recovery” (Klarreich and Polman, “The NGO Republic of Haiti,” The Nation [Oct. 31, 2012]).

An NGOsource member, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which provides direct aid to local Haitian NGOs, saw an opportunity for us to use our equivalency determination (ED) expertise to add value there. So on June 21, NGOsource senior counsel Meghan Hanson flew to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As part of the foundation’s week-long grantees meeting, Meghan taught a workshop on ED for local organizations, provided an ED toolkit, and explained actual cases with local NGOs.

NGOsource is a key tool that can help increase direct funding to local NGOs. Performing equivalency determinations on NGOs in the country, and making those EDs available to other grantmakers, has the potential to increase NGOs’ access to direct funding from U.S.-based foundations. We welcome other opportunities to do collaborative training like this. Read about our senior counsel’s ED training in Haiti.

New! 4-Week Rush Service; Extended Support
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NGOsource now offers four-week expedited ED reviews. We’ll review an NGO for ED in about a month. The fee to expedite is $500, but we will never charge you if it takes longer than four weeks — regardless of who causes the delay. We cannot offer expedited service if the NGO fails to provide all information and documentation within two weeks. During our peak periods, such as year end and midyear, we must limit expedited service. More about expediting.

When we are unable to certify an ED, we notify the grantmaker. If the NGO resolves the issue immediately after a single follow-up, we’ll issue an ED at our regular rate. However, if resolution requires additional time and the grantmaker wants us to assist further, we can offer limited support at a fixed rate to cover our costs. See details.

NGOs Gain Advantages when Funders Use Us
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NGOs who have been through the ED process with NGOsource gain an advantage from already having an ED in our repository. More than 100 grantmakers in the United States are NGOsource members, including 8 of the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 largest international funders. Our members give in excess of $2.2 billion in international grants annually.

When more than one grantmaker wants to fund a non-U.S. NGO, our service prevents duplication of efforts and dramatically reduces the paperwork the NGO does. If we do an ED for an NGO for one member, another member can get an ED for that same NGO in one day for $250, based on information already provided by the NGO the first time. And if a funder is not yet an NGOsource member, joining is easy (smaller foundations have no membership fee).

We certified CIDRZ, an NGO in Zambia, with an ED for a leading funder. CIDRZ proudly said that “earning [ED] status and being considered equivalent to a U.S. public charity makes it much easier for important potential donors . . . to confidently consider CIDRZ as a grantee, and allows CIDRZ to operate more efficiently with these donors.” See how you can too.

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:

  • Dodoma Tanzania Health Development
  • DuPont
  • Medtronic Foundation
  • Zendesk Neighbor 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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“This will be our fifth ED with NGOsource, and we have been very pleased with the services we’ve received. The NGOsource staff has been helpful and delightful for us. We appreciate your experience with EDs, and outsourcing EDs has helped relieve our workload. We are thankful to have this ED service available to us.”

– Karen Barnes, GTI

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