NGOsource — Streamlining international grantmaking
In 2008, we were selected by the Council on Foundations to host and manage NGOsource, an equivalency determination service that will help U.S. grantmakers streamline their international grantmaking process. NGOsource will simplify the often expensive, complicated, and duplicative task of evaluating whether a non-U.S. organization is equivalent to a U.S. public charity — a process known as equivalency determination, or ED.
Upon launch, NGOsource will be a reliable and easy-to-use online service backed by a database of detailed information about non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. By simplifying and centralizing EDs, NGOsource will increase the efficiency of international grantmaking for both grantmakers and their grantees everywhere. NGOsource will launch its service on March 20, 2013.
TechSoup Global Network — A Community-Oriented Solution
The TechSoup Global Network is working towards ensuring that NGOs around the world have access to the technology they need. We partner with independent NGOs around the world, delivering the relationships, technology, and expertise necessary to allow them to become access points to information and donations for their communities. Our Partner NGOs customize these offerings, allowing their beneficiaries to receive the best local and global technology resources. It’s a flexible solution that builds regional capacity and strengthens local relationships. We partner with NGOs in a network of 40 countries in Europe, Middle East, South America, North America, Asia, Asia-Pacific, and Africa.
TechSoup.org — The Technology Hub for the Nonprofit Community
Our flagship program, TechSoup.org, helps nonprofit organizations and libraries access the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential. Each month more than 250,000 individuals visit TechSoup.org to make informed technology decisions, become part of a community, and request product donations. Perhaps the largest technology product philanthropy program in the world, TechSoup.org has a catalog of more than 450 products generously donated by a growing roster of more than 50 technology corporations, including industry leaders such as Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. To date, these partners have made more than U.S. $3 billion in product donations available to the nonprofit sector.
TechSoup for Libraries — A Proving Ground for Peer-To-Peer Learning
In 2009, we completed a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote sustainable best practices for the technical support of public access computing in America’s public libraries. The project, which created a vibrant nationwide community of librarians and library staff, was a proving ground for TechSoup Global, allowing us to demonstrate the efficacy of an open platform for peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. The program continues to thrive and can be found at www.techsoupforlibraries.org.
GuideStar International — Strengthening Capacity-Building Programs for Civil Society
In May 2010, TechSoup Global, and GuideStar International, a U.K.-registered charity that promotes transparency and civil society organization (CSO) reporting, announced that they will combine operations in order to strengthen their respective capacity-building programs for civil society. The two organizations share a mission to benefit global civil society through the provision of technology, information, and resources. GuideStar International (GSI) works with civil society leaders worldwide to develop GuideStar services for their own countries. A GuideStar service provides a detailed catalogue of reports on a country’s CSOs on a powerful but easy to use public website. GSI supports this growing network through the provision of a shared Common Technology Platform as well as advice and support in each country’s development process. Today, GuideStar International works with national partners in six countries to develop and launch GuideStar services for CSOs in these countries. For more information, please visit www.guidestarinternational.org
NetSquared — Connecting Changemakers to Cultivate Local Communities
NetSquared is a global network of local communities. An ambitious, evolving global experiment, it is working to empower individuals at the local level to build and share innovative solutions to social challenges. Today, NetSquared is comprised of an active online community; local NetSquared events in 50 cities in 20 countries around the world; and a challenge model that was developed in 2004 to identify, profile, and accelerate innovative projects.
To contact our development office, and for technology donation and discount programs:
Chief Business Development Officer