NGOsource aims to dramatically improve the efficiency of international grantmaking and inspire a significant increase in cross-border philanthropy by centralizing, streamlining, and standardizing the equivalency determination process for U.S. grantmakers.

NGOsource, a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup, helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international giving. NGOsource simplifies the task of evaluating whether a non-U.S. organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity — a process known as equivalency determination or ED.

Our global reach, legal expertise, and standardized methods enable a thorough, accurate analysis in compliance with IRS regulations.

Backed by a database of detailed information about NGOs around the world, the data and analysis that NGOsource uses to issue an ED to one grantmaker can be used to issue EDs to other grantmakers. In this way, NGOsource reduces the complexity and costs of EDs for grantmakers, their intended grantees, and the entire philanthropic sector.

Who Can Use NGOsource?

Membership in NGOsource is open to grantmakers of all types, including independent, corporate, community, operating, and family foundations, as well as donor advised funds, intermediary organizations, and public charities. Whether making dozens of global grants a year or just a few, grantmakers of all sizes benefit from NGOsource.

Through NGOsource, global giving is more accessible to the entire grantmaking community.



About TechSoup

TechSoup equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally. Whether you have resources to give or solutions you need to get, TechSoup facilitates the exchange. A trusted partner for nearly three decades, TechSoup provides both the digital platforms and in-person experiences that enable people to work together toward a more equitable world.

One of the TechSoup offerings is validation services, which are provided by the TechSoup Global Network, a partnership among  70 of the world's leading civil society organizations. These partners manage a range of capacity-building programs to serve communities in nearly every region of the world. Together we've reached 993,000 organizations and delivered more than US$10 billion in technology tools and philanthropic services. 

About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. The Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today's toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please visit www.cof.org