As TechSoup's senior director of global data services, Kyle Reis works on NGOsource's strategic planning and outreach to international funders. He has been involved since the very beginning of NGOsource as an original member of the NGOsource Advisory Council that helped develop the concept.
At NGOsource we value the questions we receive from our grantmaker members about IRS regulations and strive to keep you informed on current information. Recently, many grantmakers have asked us whether NGOsource’s certification of an NGO as equivalent to a U.S. public charity allows the NGO to identify as a 501c when they are filing out the W8 forms.
Many in the philanthropic sector know about NGOsource, the TechSoup service that helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international giving through a shared equivalency determination repository. For NGOsource, TechSoup's legal team validates that NGOs based outside the U.S. meet the standards of a U.S. public charity.
We at NGOsource value member feedback and are tireless in our pursuit of ways that we can improve your grantmaking experience. You told us that it was difficult to track the status of your EDs on NGOsource’s Grantmaker Portal when you have requested dozens of EDs from us. You asked if we could create a way for grantmakers to download that information in a format that's easy to analyze and manage.
As our new Director of Operations, Kevin Ryan is responsible for all systems, processes and platforms related to NGOsource. Kevin joined our team in June and came to us with a decade of experience working in and leading nonprofits in a variety of sectors. At the end of 2016, we asked Kevin to share his thoughts on NGOsource.
On October 3, NGOsource received its 2,000th equivalency determination (ED) request! Thanks so much to our member grantmakers, partners, and colleagues for all your support in getting us to this milestone.
These 2,000 ED requests represent grants to 1,353 unique organizations in 113 countries around the world, and we have supported those ED requests in five different languages. This milestone is an indication that our ED repository continues to grow rapidly, with an average of more than 100 ED requests per month in 2016.
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.
Photo: The Kenya Community Development Foundation supports the Malaa community to provide fresh, accessible water sources.
NGOsource’s equivalency determination (ED) repository helps community foundations serve their stakeholders by making international grantmaking more efficient. Not only do we work with U.S.-based community foundations as our grantmaker members, but also international community foundations who have had EDs requested by our members. We hope to continue to increase the number of community foundations we work with, both as members and ED recipients.
Photo: Your Health Your Choice is a project funded by the Medtronic Foundation in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland. Read more about this project and others in our Impact Story. © The Marie Keating Foundation via The Community Foundation for Ireland.
NGOsource recently conducted a survey of the NGOs for which we completed an ED in the last two years. Through this survey, we received helpful feedback from 150 NGOs in 40 countries that provides insight into how they experience our process of equivalency determination (ED). We are excited to share the following key findings with the NGOsource community.