TechSoup Offers an Opportunity to Invest in Civil Society

For our first blog post of 2019, we wanted to give you an update on the work that NGOsource's parent organization TechSoup is doing to connect civil society organizations and changemakers to the resources they need for a more equitable planet.

 Over the last 30 years, TechSoup has built the largest network of civil society organizations in the world, over 1 million in total. In 2018 alone, TechSoup connected 150,000 NGOs with over $1.9 billion worth of resources, including donated and discounted technology, services, and funding.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Experts – Equivalency Determination Validity Period

As we embark on the start of a new year, many of us at NGOsource are reflecting on the significance of the past year and looking optimistically toward the new year.  We're also thinking about how a new year will impact the Equivalency Determination (ED) validity period. The ED validity period, dictated by U.S. tax law, indicates when a private foundation or donor advised fund (a “grantmaker”) can rely on the written advice provided in the ED.

Meet Our Global Partners

NGOsource supports U.S. grantmakers in streamlining their international grantmaking, but none of our efforts would be possible without our nine global partners located across the world. Each of our global partners works directly with NGOs to help them navigate the equivalency determination (ED) process. By working with our global partners, NGOs gain a better understand specific requirements as well as how NGOsource works.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Legal Experts — What Does It Mean to Be Charitable?

In earlier posts, we've restated the definition of "charitable" under the U.S. Treasury Regulations, noting that charities in the U.S. must be organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. Understanding the breadth and nuance of the term “charitable,” as defined under U.S. law, is important for organizations seeking an equivalency determination (ED) through NGOsource.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Legal Experts – Canadian Charities

As further elaborated on NGOsource's website, equivalency determination (ED) is a process dictated by U.S. tax law regulations that permits a U.S. private foundation or donor advised fund to make a "good faith determination" that a non-U.S. organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity or operating foundation. As part of the ED process, a qualified tax practitioner collects and analyzes detailed information about a non-U.S. organization's finances, structure, and operations.

The Gaia Foundation: Reweaving the Diversity of Life and a Respectful Relationship with the Earth

Contributed by Fiona Wilton, Programme Coordinator, the Gaia Foundation

Like strands woven together into a basket, life on Earth is made possible through a dynamic interaction of relationships weaving together.  No one part can be understood by separating it from the whole, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.