Intermediaries, which are U.S.-based nonprofits that specialize in helping grantors fund overseas, can make international grantmaking as simple as making a grant here at home. A growing number of intermediaries offer U.S. foundations global knowledge and experience combined with a simplified legal and administrative process.
Reputable intermediaries make it their business to meet federal regulations such as determining the equivalency of a foreign charity and following anti-terrorist financing guidelines. Taking care of these requirements eases the administrative burden of foreign grantmaking for U.S. foundations.
Intermediaries are particularly adept at identifying these isolated communities, since they develop grassroots, on-the-ground networks of partner agencies. In fact, intermediaries sometimes target communities and needs that are overlooked by larger international programs.
Although a fee or percentage may be charged for this type of service, Exponent Philanthropy members find the knowledge base, experience, and services offered to be well worth it.