For How Long Do You Need an Equivalency Determination?

By guest expert, Stephanie Petit


Suppose you’re making a grant to fund a project at an overseas grantee, and you’ve worked with a qualified tax practitioner such as NGOsource to obtain an equivalency determination (ED). Your grantee expects the project activity to last for three years.

Does your ED need to be valid for the full three years?

The answer, fortunately, is pretty simple: The ED needs to be valid only at the point (or points) when you disburse funds to the grantee. 

The S M Sehgal Foundation's Work during COVID in India

The S M Sehgal Foundation and NGOsource

The S M Sehgal Foundation, founded in 1999 and based in Haryana, India, works to improve the quality of life in India’s rural communities. The organization has five main program areas: Water Management, Agriculture Development, Local Participation and Sustainability, Transform Lives One School at a Time, and Outreach for Development.

Indian NGOs Offering COVID Relief (Ready-to-go EDs)

The following Indian NGOs working in health and development have currently valid EDs on file with NGOsource. These EDs are accessible to you within 24 hours for only $250. 

Please note that not all of these NGOs may currently have valid FCRA registrations on file, which we know may be required for certain grantmakers. We are happy to provide further detail upon request. 

NGOs Help Provide Safe Water to At-Risk Communities

More than 2.2 billion people are living without access to safe water. In 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. Everyone has the right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use.

NGOsource spoke to four NGOs that are certified in the NGOsource repository and asked each one to reflect on how COVID-19 has changed their work the past year.

Tiny Totos: Serving East African Daycares through a Pandemic

NGOsource is proud to support NGOs like Tiny Totos Kenya Limited, which is transforming the way organizations serve their communities during a pandemic. Tiny Totos first went through the equivalency determination (ED) process in 2020, when the David Weekley Family Foundation requested its ED. Now that Tiny Totos has been certified, its ED will remain on file in the NGOsource repository, where additional grantmakers can search and find it, creating new opportunities for funding.