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.
NGOsource was an exhibitor at the conference. Kyle Reis and Ken Tsunoda were there to showcase the benefits NGOsource provides for small foundations that have little to no staff. In the past, small foundations often found the compliance requirements of international grantmaking too costly and time-consuming to carry out and thus turned away promising international giving opportunities. NGOsource's streamlined equivalency determination process makes international giving more accessible to smaller grantmakers and makes it possible for them to make direct international grants in smaller amounts.
In order to reduce the costs of direct international grantmaking even more, NGOsource has partnered with Exponent Philanthropy to offer its members a Small Foundation Special. NGOsource waives its membership fee, allowing Exponent Philanthropy members to save $1,000 per year.
This conference was also an opportunity to highlight other benefits that TechSoup offers foundations. Foundations and their grantees qualify for many of the donated and discounted technology products that TechSoup offers to nonprofits around the world. For more information about what TechSoup can provide to foundations and their grantees, please go to http://www.techsoup.org/foundations.