Making Global Grants

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Even with few or no staff and limited time, small foundations can—and do—make global grants. They find them to be a meaningful and effective part of their giving.

Unlike individuals, foundations can make tax-deductible grants directly to charitable organizations overseas. Foundations also can take advantage of U.S.-based intermediaries that make international giving as easy as making grants to domestic charities.

Although foundations that give directly to foreign organizations acknowledge that setting up systems requires an initial investment of time and money, most agree that their efforts are rewarded with high returns. For other foundations that fund exclusively through U.S.-based intermediaries, the costs of global grantmaking fall right in line with those of domestic grantmaking.

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