Blogs

Where Can You Get an ED for $250 in One Day?

When our general manager, Ken Tsunoda, was contacted recently by an executive at a leading foundation regarding our capabilities, both of them experienced the benefit of NGOsource’s growing repository of equivalency determinations (EDs).

The foundation was interested in joining NGOsource. But they needed an ED quickly. They asked if we could expedite the request and complete it in four weeks.

Two-Year Anniversary Update

It’s hard to believe that it’s been only two short years since we launched NGOsource in March 2013. Milestones like our two-year anniversary are a great time for reflection. I thought I would take this opportunity to offer a few thoughts on our progress so far, and our vision for the future.

Building a Nation, One Community at a Time

$15 billion in damages

16-foot-tall surges of water

600,000 homeless

On November 8, 2013, the fate of the Philippines was changed forever when Super Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, as it is called by Filipinos, touched down, killing thousands, obliterating entire communities, and making daily life for many “worse than hell.”

Vision for the Future: All Donations Welcome — None Are "Small"

When I Was ED for a Family Foundation

Before joining the NGOsource team in 2013, I worked for five years as executive director of a Boston-based family foundation with a lean staff doing international grants. I received an eye-opening education on the challenges facing U.S.-based grantmakers who want to support overseas NGOs.

Legal Changes for Mexican NGOs Add Complexity

The NGOsource legal team keeps close track of legal changes that impact equivalency determinations (EDs) and international grantmaking in countries around the world. We found that changes to NGO laws in Mexico now make it more difficult for the nonspecialist to evaluate Mexican NGOs for an ED. Our NGOsource team has always applied this high level of scrutiny, so our ED process already includes such a review.

Building the Future of Water and Sanitation Services: The Work of IRC

Worldwide 780 million people lack access to clean water. Each year more than 3.4 million people die from water, sanitation, and hygiene related causes. While we might take for granted our clean water and reliable sanitation systems, millions of people walk miles from their homes to fetch water that is contaminated and unsafe to drink. IRC is helping to change the dialogue around water, sanitation, and hygiene and build the capacity of local forces working on these issues.

How Fast Can We Build This Shared Solution Together?

Heard of the innovative “sharing economy”? This financial model runs the gamut from car sharing to home rental to the familiar co-operative. It is changing not only how we think about consumption, but also what strangers can do through collaboration. Well now grantmakers have their own sharing solution to speed funding to NGOs outside the United States.