Blogs

Global Partner Spotlight: Fundacja TechSoup

Fundacja TechSoup Staff, Fall 2015

As part of the larger TechSoup Global Network, NGOsource's global partners provide high-quality, personalized customer service to NGOs across the world. These partners act as a huge resource for NGOs going through the equivalency determination (ED) process for the first time by providing support in the organization's time zone and preferred language.

W-8 Form Update

At NGOsource we value the questions we receive from our grantmaker members about IRS regulations and strive to keep you informed on current information. Recently, many grantmakers have asked us whether NGOsource’s certification of an NGO as equivalent to a U.S. public charity allows the NGO to identify as a 501c when they are filing out the W8 forms.  

TechSoup's Unparalleled Global Solution to Validate NGOs

Many in the philanthropic sector know about NGOsource, the TechSoup service that helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international giving through a shared equivalency determination repository. For NGOsource, TechSoup's legal team validates that NGOs based outside the U.S. meet the standards of a U.S. public charity.
 

New Excel Download Feature on Grantmaker Portal

We at NGOsource value member feedback and are tireless in our pursuit of ways that we can improve your grantmaking experience. You told us that it was difficult to track the status of your EDs on NGOsource’s Grantmaker Portal when you have requested dozens of EDs from us. You asked if we could create a way for grantmakers to download that information in a format that's easy to analyze and manage.

NGOsource Reflection

As our new Director of Operations, Kevin Ryan is responsible for all systems, processes and platforms related to NGOsource.  Kevin joined our team in June and came to us with a decade of experience working in and leading nonprofits in a variety of sectors. At the end of 2016, we asked Kevin to share his thoughts on NGOsource.

Connected Development: Building Community Development Programs in West Africa

In the past three years, NGOsource has received over 2,100 requests for equivalency determination (ED) for organizations in over 110 countries around the world. For over 1,300 NGOs, our EDs have facilitated grant funding that expands their capacity to achieve their missions and benefit their communities. One of these NGOs, Connected Development (CODE), recently shared their experience with us.
 
Increasing Access to Information and Creating Change
 

War Child: Empowering Children Facing Conflict

Contributed by Martin Holliday, Programme Funding Coordinator, War Child UK

In any situation of conflict, it is the children who will always end up suffering most. Around the world, from Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, boys and girls are being killed, maimed or orphaned on a daily basis.

In the Central African Republic, we at War Child UK are working with young people who have been affected by the ongoing conflict in CAR and involved with armed groups when they should be learning math in school.

Celebrating Our 2,000th ED Request

On October 3, NGOsource received its 2,000th equivalency determination (ED) request! Thanks so much to our member grantmakers, partners, and colleagues for all your support in getting us to this milestone.

These 2,000 ED requests represent grants to 1,353 unique organizations in 113 countries around the world, and we have supported those ED requests in five different languages. This milestone is an indication that our ED repository continues to grow rapidly, with an average of more than 100 ED requests per month in 2016.

NGOsource Attends Exponent Philanthropy National Conference

During the last week of September, NGOsource attended the Exponent Philanthropy National Conference in Chicago. Exponent Philanthropy is the country's largest association of funders, with nearly 2,200 members. It is dedicated to serving foundations that have few or no staff members, philanthropic families, and individual donors. Over 1,000 representatives of Exponent Philanthropy members attended the conference, including trustees, staff, and advisors.

How NGOsource Helps Community Foundations Achieve Their Mission

Photo: The Kenya Community Development Foundation supports the Malaa community to provide fresh, accessible water sources. 

NGOsource’s equivalency determination (ED) repository helps community foundations serve their stakeholders by making international grantmaking more efficient. Not only do we work with U.S.-based community foundations as our grantmaker members, but also international community foundations who have had EDs requested by our members. We hope to continue to increase the number of community foundations we work with, both as members and ED recipients.