Enabling Your Global Giving


We believe global giving should be accessible. Paragon helps break down the barriers to international grantmaking by empowering your private foundation, donor advised fund, or public charity to make direct, affordable, informed, and effective cross-border grants to the organizations that inspire you. We offer three essential services.


Philanthropy Strategy & Grantee Selection


International Grants Compliance


Due Diligence and Organization Vetting


Philanthropic Strategy and Grantee Selection


Paragon is positioned to help you conceptualize and implement your global philanthropic goals, and identify outstanding nonprofits and projects to support. Our advisors have distinguished themselves helping individual donors and foundations implement thoughtful and effective philanthropic initiatives in the international arena, and have in-depth expertise in a range of issue areas such as the environment, health, humanitarian aid, disaster management, and others.

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We will work closely with you to: 

  • Design a tailored giving strategy
  • Advise on and research areas of interest
  • Conceptualize programs
  • Research and Identify effective nonprofits
  • Measure the impact of giving

International Grantmaking Compliance



If you are a private foundation or a sponsoring organization of donor advised funds, our comprehensive back office compliance services allow you to give directly to foreign organizations and avoid the high, percentage-based fees of U.S. intermediaries.

To allow you more choice and flexibility in your international grantmaking, we offer both Expenditure Responsibility and Equivalency Determination and recommend which path to pursue.

All of our compliance services include the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) search, checking foreign grantees against the U.S. government's lists of organizations and individuals suspected or known to be involved in terrorism.

Our services are characterized by a personalized relationship with our clients and a fast turn-around time for due diligence steps. We do not charge a membership fee.

Expenditure Responsibility

Expenditure Responsibility (ER) services for project-specific grantmaking. One low flat fee.

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Equivalency Determination

Equivalency Determination (ED) for general support grants. No membership fee.  

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Due Diligence & Organization Vetting


Paragon provides custom due diligence and organization vetting services to help you reduce your risk as a grantmaker acting in the international arena. In addition to our international grantmaking compliance services tailored to addressing the basic legal requirements affecting private foundations and donor advised funds, Paragon offers additional due diligence services to meet your needs as a grantmaking public charity, corporate foundation, or private foundation:

  • Watch list screening (anti-terrorism financing)
  • Reviewing an organization's legal status, governance, and financials
  • Assessing Reputation
  • Conducting In-Country Vetting

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Paragon Philanthropy was a wonderful partner in assisting Omaha Community Foundation with an Equivalency Determination on a nonprofit in India. They were thorough with the work and end product, timely and always kept us up-to-date on our progress. We had complete confidence in the final product we received and were able to provide to a donor.
— Hillary Nather-Detisch, Director of Donor Accounts, Omaha Community Foundation

Selected Clients


The San Francisco Foundation

Marin Community Foundation

Seattle International Foundation

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Communities Foundation of Texas

Greater Houston Community Foundation

The Dallas Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation