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Member Update: Exciting Changes in Store at NGOsource and TechSoup!

We are thrilled to announce that Kevin Ryan will now assume the role of general manager for NGOsource. Kevin has done a fantastic job as NGOsource's director of operations and is now responsible for all systems, processes, and platforms related to NGOsource. He and the NGOsource operations team provide support and act as the infrastructure that enables NGOsource's legal team to process equivalency determinations with breakneck speed, unmatched depth, and exceptional quality.

Break Out the Party Hats! A Billion Reasons to Say Thank You

As NGOsource embarks on its 5th year anniversary, we are pleased that we have facilitated well over an estimated $1 billion in international philanthropic giving and received our 4,000th ED request! NGOsource continues to support international grantmaking at an exponential rate - it took us three and a half years to hit 2,000 requests, 9 months to reach 3,000, and less than six months to eclipse 4,000 requests. This is all due to the commitment that our grantmaker members have made to NGOsource’s shared repository model and the sector on the whole.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Legal Experts - Tipping from Public Charity to Private Foundation Status

As discussed in previous posts, a nonprofit organization that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes may be deemed a public charity and not a private foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in one of three principal ways.

LegalEASE: Note from the Legal Experts - Characterizing Income of 501(c)(3) Public Charities

In prior posts we discussed the different categories of public charities. They include publicly supported charities that qualify as such because they are both organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and they meet a mathematical public support test.

Member Update: IRS Issues Proposed New Guidelines for DAFs

In Notice 2017-73, issued by the IRS on December 4, (the “Notice”), the IRS announced how it expects to address proposed regulations on donor advised funds (“DAFs”). This is not the first time the IRS has issued interim guidance requesting comments on proposed DAF rules. The Notice draws on earlier requests for comment, dating back to 2006 when DAFs were officially introduced to the Internal Revenue Code.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Experts - Hospitals and Medical Research Organizations

As discussed in other posts, a nonprofit organization that is organized and operated for charitable purposes may be deemed a public charity — and not a private foundation — if it is specifically defined in the Internal Revenue Code as a qualifying charity by the nature of its activities.

Sheila Warren Enters New Role as Head of Blockchain Policy at World Economic Forum

 On the eve of our 5th Anniversary, NGOsource would like to wish Sheila Warren, a key contributor to the development, launch and success of our program, all the best as she moves to a unique opportunity creating Blockchain policy at the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Sheila will continue supporting TechSoup and NGOsource in an advisory role.  We want to recognize Sheila’s myriad of contributions to NGOsource as this chapter closes and wish her much success in her new endeavor.

Villgro: Sparking Sustainable Social Change in India

Rithiksha's mother Divya noticed that her newborn child's Bempu bracelet, a low-cost infant temperature monitoring device, continued to beep through the night. Divya called the Bempu helpline and was advised to take Rithiksha to the hospital. There the baby made a full recovery after receiving complete care.

Hypothermia and infections serve as a major cause of infant mortality in India. Bempu's bracelet empowers mothers and other caretakers to prevent illness and death by better managing their newborns' temperatures.