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RFP to Establish and Maintain a Centralized Repository of Information on Non-US Based NGOs

March 31, 2008

This press release will be of interest to many of you...

Arlington, VA — The Council on Foundations, the Foundation Center, Independent Sector, and InterAction (with 160 members the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian organizations) are soliciting proposals to establish and maintain a centralized repository of equivalency determination (ED) information on non-U.S. NGOs. The entity that hosts the repository will be responsible for reviewing ED requests to determine if an NGO is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity under IRS rules.

Currently, this information is collected independently by individual grantmaking organizations, at considerable time and expense. At the same time, NGOs are often asked to provide the same information over and over to multiple potential U.S. donors.

"The current system of gathering legal and organizational information necessary to determine whether a foreign NGO is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity is vastly inefficient," said Rob Buchanan, managing director of International Programs at the Council on Foundations. "International grantmaking by U.S. foundations is growing rapidly, and a centralized database where ED information can be collected and shared would be helpful to both grantmakers and grantseekers."

The organization selected to be the host will be provided with assistance to secure the required approvals from the IRS to enable operations and collaborative use by grantmakers and also to raise the necessary startup funds to establish the repository. The host of the repository may either be a single organization or a partnership of organizations with complementary strengths.

For more information, visit www.iaa.com/NGORepositoryRFP.html for a copy of the full RFP plus the process and timetable for receiving answers to clarifying questions.

The deadline for submitting a letter of intent to submit a proposal is May 19, 2008, and the proposal deadline is June 20, 2008. Send all RFP submissions and email inquiries to NGORepositoryRFP@iaa.com or contact Martin Schneiderman at 609-924-6936.

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