IRS Reduces International Giving Regulations

By Sara Beggs, Exponent Philanthropy

Sara BeggsWouldn’t it be great if your foundation could respond to the latest international crisis without loads of regulatory burdens? While expenditure responsibility rules are potentially less burdensome than some may think, it is still a process that is a significant barrier to international giving – especially for foundations with few or no staff.

But what if the government made it easier for your foundation to evaluate whether a non-U.S. NGO is equivalent to a U.S. public charity and you didn’t have to do expenditure responsibility at all? Impossible, you say? Well, as impossible as it may seem, that’s exactly what is happening. And, just to increase the shock value, it’s also not years or months down the road; it has already started.

For the first time in 20 years, significant changes to reduce barriers to global grantmaking have been proposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Instead of grantmakers jumping through multiple hoops to prove an NGO’s status, often requiring costly legal assistance, new recommendations and upcoming repositories of NGO information will lighten the administrative and financial burden for foundations that want to give internationally.

So, read on, learn more, and give international giving a try!

For more information, see the following links:

Senior Program Manager Sara Beggs currently focuses her time and energy on Exponent Philanthropy’s Getting to Impact Initiative, an effort to equip Exponent Philanthropy members with the information and inspiration to achieve greater impact over time. Her greatest philanthropic joy is participation in Blooming Kids for Kindness, a group of ten families that encourage their children to care about their communities and recognize that each can make a difference through local and international volunteer and fundraising activities. 

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  1. To make tax-deductible contributions for groups working on gender equality/women’s issues outside the US, check out, a website which highlights and channels support to a number of organizations in other countries working to end sex trafficking, rape in armed conflict, female genital mutilation, and other forms of violence and discrimination against girls.

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