A Walk Through NGOsource History

Today

2023
NGOsource adds Hebrew, German, Indonesian, and simplified Chinese to its language offerings, while it celebrates 10 years since launch.

2023

2022
NGOsource begins running sanctions checks as part of its service, and also launches a new NGO Learning Center and updated questionnaire for NGOs undergoing ED.

2022

2020
NGOsource receives its 10,000th ED request, doubling its total requests in less than two years.

2020

November 2019
NGOsource, in partnership with the Start Network, develops a new uniform due diligence assessment tool, STEP.

February 2019
NGOsource obtains an outside legal opinion confirming the repository’s alignment with current legal requirements.

2019

2018
NGOsource receives its 5,000th ED request.

2018

September 2017
The IRS issues Revenue Procedure 2017-53, further confirming NGOsource’s approach.

March 2017
NGOsource launches LegalEASE: Notes from the Legal Experts, a bimonthly blog dedicated to explaining compliance and legal issues relevant to the grantmaking world.

2017

2015
Final rules on equivalency determinations are issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, affirming the NGOsource approach and strengthening grantmakers’ ability to confidently rely on EDs provided through the repository.

2015

2014
NGOsource welcomes Associação Telecentro de Informação e Negócios (ATN) as a global partner, adding Portuguese to existing French, Spanish, English, and Chinese language options.

2014

2013
NGOsource's equivalency determination service launches on March 18.

2013

2012
The Treasury Department and the IRS propose significant rule changes (Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations). Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly endorses the repository model for equivalency determinations, thanking the Treasury Department for working with private philanthropy to make this happen.

2012

2009
TechSoup and the Council on Foundations submit requests to the IRS and Treasury to urge clarification of certain ED standards. Meanwhile, an expert Advisory Council supports TechSoup in designing the operating model and tech platform buildout.

2009

2008
TechSoup is chosen to build and manage the service because of its global network and ability to offer scalable, sustainable services that facilitate philanthropy. TechSoup and the Council on Foundations join with legal partners Caplin & Drysdale and Adler & Colvin to design and operate NGOsource in compliance with U.S. legal requirements. ICNL additionally provides support with international legal research.

2008

2007
These organizations meet with IRS officials to discuss their vision.

2007

2006
A consortium of international funders, together with the Council on Foundations, Foundation Center, and Independent Sector, initiate a process to make equivalency determination easier.

2006