It’s hard to believe that it’s been only two short years since we launched NGOsource in March 2013. Milestones like our two-year anniversary are a great time for reflection. I thought I would take this opportunity to offer a few thoughts on our progress so far, and our vision for the future.
$15 billion in damages
16-foot-tall surges of water
On November 8, 2013, the fate of the Philippines was changed forever when Super Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, as it is called by Filipinos, touched down, killing thousands, obliterating entire communities, and making daily life for many “worse than hell.”
When I Was ED for a Family Foundation
Before joining the NGOsource team in 2013, I worked for five years as executive director of a Boston-based family foundation with a lean staff doing international grants. I received an eye-opening education on the challenges facing U.S.-based grantmakers who want to support overseas NGOs.
The NGOsource legal team keeps close track of legal changes that impact equivalency determinations (EDs) and international grantmaking in countries around the world. We found that changes to NGO laws in Mexico now make it more difficult for the nonspecialist to evaluate Mexican NGOs for an ED. Our NGOsource team has always applied this high level of scrutiny, so our ED process already includes such a review.
Worldwide 780 million people lack access to clean water. Each year more than 3.4 million people die from water, sanitation, and hygiene related causes. While we might take for granted our clean water and reliable sanitation systems, millions of people walk miles from their homes to fetch water that is contaminated and unsafe to drink. IRC is helping to change the dialogue around water, sanitation, and hygiene and build the capacity of local forces working on these issues.
Heard of the innovative “sharing economy”? This financial model runs the gamut from car sharing to home rental to the familiar co-operative. It is changing not only how we think about consumption, but also what strangers can do through collaboration. Well now grantmakers have their own sharing solution to speed funding to NGOs outside the United States.
Global drug policies? Armed conflict in Myanmar? Dismantling corporate power? Through research and advocacy, the Transnational Institute's (TNI) global network takes on issues like these in pursuing its mission to strengthen international social movements.
NGOsource now offers equivalency determinations for Portuguese-speaking NGOs. Thanks to support from Ford Foundation, which is also one of our members, we now have funding to engage our TechSoup Global partner Associação Telecentro de Informação e Negócios (ATN) (also known as TechSoup Brasil) for NGOsource equivalency determinations in Portuguese.
The Council on Foundations will hold its annual conference June 8 – 10, 2014, (preconference June 6 – 7) in Washington, D.C., to examine the “Role of Philanthropy in an Increasingly Polarized Society.”
Win a Free Equivalency Determination (ED)
We’ll have a booth set up at the conference. Just come by to enter our raffle for a chance to win one free ED.
We recently celebrated the first anniversary of NGOsource’s launch. Thanks to your support, we’ve had a very successful first year. I thought I’d give you a quick picture of what we’ve accomplished in Year 1.