Grantmaker members and NGOs may wonder why the name of an NGO on its Equivalency Determination (ED) Certificate often differs from the name that was initially submitted for review. The reason is that an ED is a legal opinion, which must reflect the exact legal name of the entity as evidenced on its legal formation or registration documents.
Contributed by Joel R. Charny, Executive Director, Norwegian Refugee Council USA
Eight years into the devastating conflict in Syria, close to 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian support. The conflict has left many areas in ruins, even neighborhoods within the capital, Damascus.
This past month, the TechSoup Global Network, composed of NGOs from 50 countries, gathered in San Francisco for the biennial TechSoup Global Summit, aptly titled "Connect, Activate, Transform." With 250 participants in attendance and 39 languages represented, attendees convened to discuss challenges facing civil society across the world and collaborated to pave the way for change.
As discussed in previous posts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that a public charity in the U.S. be organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. It may not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests (private benefit), and no part of its net earnings may benefit private parties (private inurement).
South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. Two out of every three young people are unemployed; only 4 out of every 100 school leavers finish university; and more than 40 percent of this generation will never work in their lifetime. South Africa–based Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, however, is on a mission to reverse this trend.
As described elsewhere on our site, an equivalency determination (ED) is a written opinion, by a qualified U.S. tax practitioner, that a non-U.S. organization is equivalent to a U.S. public charity. The ED does not make a judgment on the value of the work conducted by the non-U.S. organization or the efficacy of its programs. It is simply an opinion that the organization's purposes and activities align with those required to be recognized as a tax-exempt charity in the U.S.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NGOsource has obtained an outside legal opinion confirming our repository’s alignment with current legal requirements. The opinion both bolsters our existing process and offers advice to ensure continued consistency with Revenue Procedure 2017-53. As always, NGOsource’s EDs reflect best practices through a combination of thoroughness, international legal expertise, and technological innovation.
After her father passed away, Bagamoyo agreed to marry a man she did not want to marry because her relatives told her she would have nowhere to stay if she did not. Bagamoyo started a farm with her husband and eventually opened a shop at home, but she was unable to bear children. After four miscarriages, Bagamoyo's husband brought a new wife home. He told Bagamoyo she could no longer stay with him, so she returned to her parents' home with nothing.
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.
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.