Since the NGO was not certified as the equivalent of a U.S. public charity, do I get a refund?

Unfortunately, no. The cost is the same, regardless of outcome. To reach a determination, NGOsource and its partners apply the same quality of research, analysis, and support to all requests. A denial of certification in fact usually results in more time and effort on our part since we make every effort to find an organization equivalent before denying certification.