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.

Family Planning in the Philippines: How Equivalency Determination (ED) Makes a Difference

Photo: Street march when the Reproductive Health Law was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court

The Forum's Impact

The Forum for Family Planning and Development was founded in 2004 in Quezon City, Philippines as a way to bridge the gaps in information and services for family planning in underserved communities. Today, their innovative and internationally recognized model brings together leaders from education, health, policy, and the private sector to create lasting impact for family welfare and reproductive health throughout the country.

How Leading Corporate Funders are Using NGOsource and TechSoup

Photo: Your Health Your Choice is a project funded by the Medtronic Foundation in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland. Read more about this project and others in our latest Impact Story. © The Marie Keating Foundation via The Community Foundation for Ireland.

How leading corporate funders are using NGOsource and TechSoup philanthropic services

Results from Our NGO Survey

NGOsource recently conducted a survey of the NGOs for which we completed an ED in the last two years. Through this survey, we received helpful feedback from 150 NGOs in 40 countries that provides insight into how they experience our process of equivalency determination (ED). We are excited to share the following key findings with the NGOsource community.

Building Partnerships for Healthy Communities: Medtronic and The Community Foundation for Ireland

Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, launched the Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund in Ireland in June 2015. The company, and the Medtronic Foundation, made a €1 million commitment over three years to fund health-focused charities in Irish communities, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Ireland Funds.

Three-Year Anniversary Update

March 18, 2016 marked the third anniversary of NGOsource’s launch. In three short years, we’ve come a long way towards fulfilling our mission: to make equivalency determination (ED) easier for both grantmakers and NGOs.

Here are highlights from the last year, and some notes about what to expect from us in the year ahead.