Philanthropy Now podcast: How SVCF makes grants to charities outside the United States

Lea Rauscher
Lea Rauscher
Christine Morissette
Christine Morissette
Damon James
Damon James

SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series explores trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

In the latest episode, Lea Rauscher, Christine Morissette and Damon James of SVCF's grants, gifts and compliance team discuss the ins and outs of international grantmaking.

Over the past 10 years, SVCF has facilitated $127 million in grants to international charities, but it's by no means a simple process. 

The team starts by outlining the collaborative approach SVCF takes when working with donors who want to make international donations.

Damon describes the many considerations that go into making an international grant happen:

  • Who are we giving to?
  • What are the politics and culture like in that country?

Christine then enlightens us about the importance of gathering information about international organizations and setting grant agreements with grantees.

While international grantmaking is uniquely challenging, it's an incredibly valuable part of what we do here at SVCF.

What you will learn

  • How SVCF has helped donate $127 million to international organizations since 2007, with $15 million sent to 65 countries in 2016 alone
  • How SVCF works with donors and fund advisors to match their philanthropic interests to charities' needs
  • Some of the unique compliance challenges that arise when grantmaking internationally
  • The role of grant agreements in protecting both donors and grantees in the grantmaking process
  • Why extra legal considerations must be taken into account when working with international organizations
  • How SVCF works to understand the culture and political climate of a country before making grants

Resources from this episode

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