In this guide, grantmakers describe the benefits and challenges of bringing a global perspective to their work. The guide explains the regulations that govern cross-border grantmaking and shares the experiences of funders who have coped with working across geographic and cultural divides. It also weighs the merits of working through intermediaries and funding directly outside the United States.
Do background work and consult widely. Preliminary research, thought, and listening can help you avoid acting on assumptions and stereotypes.Read More »
Establish lines of communication. Once you have done your background work and are ready to enter into grant relationships, establish clear and respectful lines of communication with grantees.Read More »
"Use wire transfers to ensure safety and timeliness. And make sure the grantee gives you complete information: the right name for the bank, the account number, and the international code number."Read More »
Many grantmakers bridge the distance between themselves and their grantees by employing trusted representatives to serve as their eyes and ears in countries outside the United States.Read More »
Some grantmakers choose to channel international support through intermediary organizations. Giving through an intermediary is often the simplest way to fund internationally, especially for funders who want to realize tax benefits. Yet intermediaries may also provide other important advantages:Read More »
International funder networks, partnerships, donor funds, Choosing an Intermediary, and philanthropic advisers are important sources of information on international funding for foundations and other donors. Most offer funders at least some of the following advantages:Read More »
This guide is intended primarily to help grantmakers, trustees, and donors in the United States think through the decision to add a global perspective to their grantmaking. It is intended as a first step in helping you decide whether and how to proceed, and where to go for more information. It may be especially helpful with: