International Grantmaking

We provide philanthropic solutions for global aspirations.

NPT provides international grantmaking support for donors. In 2001, the IRS issued a letter of determination allowing NPT to make grants directly to foreign charities. Since then, NPT has made more than 1,400 international grants to charities in 80 different countries, totaling $727 million.

National Philanthropic Trust offers multiple options for our donors’ international philanthropy. Donors may recommend grants:  

  • To U.S.-based charities with a global mission 
  • To intermediary charities (U.S.-based nonprofits that fund overseas charities) 
  • Directly to a charitable organization outside the United States via Equivalency Determination (ED)  
  • Directly to a charitable organization outside the United States via Expenditure Responsibility (ER) 

Grants to charities based abroad require additional due diligence to determine the charity’s eligibility to receive a grant. NPT uses two processes to assess charities based outside the United States—Equivalency Determination and Expenditure Responsibility—which may include analysis of the charity’s incorporating documents and financials, as well as an OFAC screening of all principals and board members. Our staff’s behind-the-scenes work to qualify charities abroad lets donors focus on their global charitable vision. 

Our team of philanthropic experts can assist with the specialized grantmaking services needed to achieve a donor’s goals.