Blogs

Building Partnerships for Healthy Communities: Medtronic and The Community Foundation for Ireland

Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, launched the Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund in Ireland in June 2015. The company, and the Medtronic Foundation, made a €1 million commitment over three years to fund health-focused charities in Irish communities, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Ireland Funds.

Three-Year Anniversary Update

March 18, 2016 marked the third anniversary of NGOsource’s launch. In three short years, we’ve come a long way towards fulfilling our mission: to make equivalency determination (ED) easier for both grantmakers and NGOs.

Here are highlights from the last year, and some notes about what to expect from us in the year ahead.

Highlights

Changing the System: IDSP’s Impact on Education in Pakistan

Celebrating NGO stories

Since launching in 2013, NGOsource has received over 1100 equivalency determination (ED) requests for NGOs in 99 countries around the world. NGOsource EDs enable the NGOs to receive grant funding that helps them achieve their missions and serve their communities. An NGO we certified in 2014, the Institute for Development Studies and Practice (IDSP) in Pakistan, recently shared their story with us.

IDSP’s pathway to success

Understanding Equivalency Determination: The Public Support Test

The legal team at NGOsource works hard to certify as many non-U.S. NGOs as possible in order to streamline and increase international giving. Our equivalency determination (ED) process has certified over 700 NGOs in 96 countries to date as equivalent to 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States, allowing them to receive funding from U.S. grantmakers. One of the primary requirements for most international NGOs seeking equivalency is that they satisfy one of two public support tests.

Marine Conservation in Madagascar: Community-Based Solutions to a Global Problem

Since certification by NGOsource, Blue Ventures Conservation’s equivalency determination has been used by three different US grantmakers to give grants supporting the largest Locally Managed Marine Areas in the Indian Ocean. Blue Ventures has developed new models for community-led fisheries management, built sustainable aquaculture businesses, and developed effective approaches for integrating community health services with marine conservation.

A Rapidly Growing Repository = More Giving

As our central ED repository grows, grantmakers have a greater chance of finding that the ED they want to request has already been certified by us. EDs are delivered within one business day for $250. This sharp reduction in cost makes it much easier for U.S.-based donors of all sizes to provide funding to NGOs around the world, in amounts large and small.  This shared system allows all our grantmaker members to save thousands of dollars and precious hours of staff time. Get the numbers on the repository’s rapid growth and learn what that means for international philanthropy.