An NGO that has been through the ED process with NGOsource once gains an advantage from already having an ED in our repository because multiple grantmakers can affordably request an ED from us for the same NGO using the current information in our repository. This saves time and expense for both the grantmaker and NGO, and avoids the duplication of efforts when multiple grantmakers need an ED for the same NGO.
We just made two new premium services available to NGOsource members: (1) four-week expedited ED reviews, and (2) extended support if unable to certify an ED. Here are the details and how each works.
NGOsource now offers four-week expedited equivalency determination (ED) reviews. We’ll review an NGO for ED in about a month.
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.
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.
$15 billion in damages
16-foot-tall surges of water
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.