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Time to Celebrate! Announcing our 5th Anniversary Retrospective

At TechSoup we still, lovingly, refer to NGOsource, a project of TechSoup and the Council on Foundations, as a "new service." But now, as we celebrate our five-year anniversary, we are reminded that our revolutionary and transformative endeavor has matured before our very eyes. Growing at an average of 40 percent year over year, we have become the sector's gold standard in equivalency determination. I suppose the "new" quality that we all feel is rooted in our startup energy, ever-evolving technology, and relentless drive to constantly and continuously improve.

NGOsource Partners with Zakat Foundation of America: The State of Philanthropy In and Around Syria

Given the current situation in Syria, many of our members are curious to know more about Syrian and Syrian-related organizations.  We’ve been listening and are thrilled to announce our partnership with Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), international relief and development organization, NGOsource member, and foremost expert on charitable giving in the Muslim world.

Reader Alert: IRS Issues Notice of W-8 Phishing Scam

The IRS is alerting international taxpayers and non-resident aliens in the U.S. to a criminal tax scam that seeks to obtain personal information from individuals through a phony version of the Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting.  The IRS warns: “The Form W-8BEN is a legitimate U.S.

LegalEASE - Notes from the Legal Experts: Expenditure Responsibility

Expenditure responsibility, or ER, describes a set of monitoring and oversight procedures that a U.S. private foundation or donor advised fund (DAF) must follow when making grants to organizations that are not 501(c)(3) public charities or their foreign equivalents. The purpose of ER is to ensure that the grantor's funds are used exclusively for charitable purposes.

UK Citizens Online Democracy: Empowering Civic Engagement through Technology

In an era when newspapers are filled with headlines about crackdowns on civil society, UK Citizens Online Democracy is working aggressively to open up and strengthen these spaces. Since 2003, the organization has run mySociety, a project that builds democratic and civic websites and apps in order to empower people to change their communities.

LegalEASE: Notes from the Legal Experts - When Are Income-Generating Activities Charitable?

In a previous post, we introduced the concept of "nonprofit vs. charitable" under U.S. tax law. In this post, we will further expand on the definition of charitable, and will specifically focus on income-generating activities — a common source of confusion with respect to charitable activities.

Member Update: Exciting Changes in Store at NGOsource and TechSoup!

We are thrilled to announce that Kevin Ryan will now assume the role of general manager for NGOsource. Kevin has done a fantastic job as NGOsource's director of operations and is now responsible for all systems, processes, and platforms related to NGOsource. He and the NGOsource operations team provide support and act as the infrastructure that enables NGOsource's legal team to process equivalency determinations with breakneck speed, unmatched depth, and exceptional quality.

Sheila Warren Enters New Role as Head of Blockchain Policy at World Economic Forum

 On the eve of our 5th Anniversary, NGOsource would like to wish Sheila Warren, a key contributor to the development, launch and success of our program, all the best as she moves to a unique opportunity creating Blockchain policy at the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Sheila will continue supporting TechSoup and NGOsource in an advisory role.  We want to recognize Sheila’s myriad of contributions to NGOsource as this chapter closes and wish her much success in her new endeavor.