Sector News

NGOsource Partners with Zakat Foundation of America: Giving in Syria

 

We continue our series, in partnership with the Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), with an overview of the complexities of giving in Syria. ZF’s General Counsel, Lara Kalwinski, describes principal obstacles and frustrations for donors and grantees in sanctioned countries and conflict zones. She also offers insight on ways the sector can work together to overcome some of these obstacles.

The China Charity Law & Other Regulations in Partnership with ForNGO (Pt. 1)

At NGOsource, we value the importance of providing clarity on issues affecting civil society internationally. We are thus thrilled to announce our partnership with China-based ForNGO, a foremost expert on charity law in China, as well as a grantee that has undergone the equivalency determination process with NGOsource. Over the course of the next few months, ForNGO will share its expertise on the China Charity Law and other regulations in China in weekly articles on the NGOsource blog.

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.

NGOsource Comment on IRS Notice 2017-73

As previously posted on our blog, the IRS recently issued Notice 2017-73, a “Request for Comments on Application of Excise Taxes With Respect to Donor Advised Funds in Certain Situations.” The IRS Notice primarily summarizes three new regulations that the IRS is proposing to introduce regarding the operation of DAFs by 501(c)(3) sponsoring organizations.

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.

Break Out the Party Hats! A Billion Reasons to Say Thank You

As NGOsource embarks on its 5th year anniversary, we are pleased that we have facilitated well over an estimated $1 billion in international philanthropic giving and received our 4,000th ED request! NGOsource continues to support international grantmaking at an exponential rate - it took us three and a half years to hit 2,000 requests, 9 months to reach 3,000, and less than six months to eclipse 4,000 requests. This is all due to the commitment that our grantmaker members have made to NGOsource’s shared repository model and the sector on the whole.