Paragon empowers your foundation or DAF to give directly to the foreign grantees of your choice with peace of mind.
A comprehensive service.
Making an international grant from a U.S. foundation or DAF requires more than just Equivalency Determination or Expenditure Responsibility. We help you meet the three core requirements of direct cross-border grantmaking, saving your team valuable time and effort.
1. Equivalency Determination or Expenditure Responsibility to ensure the grant is charitable.
2. Anti-terrorist financing screening to safeguard against the diversion of funds.
3. Meeting foreign country requirements affecting the grantmaker and grantee.
Personalized and high-touch.
Our personalized, high-touch approach to working with our clients means we take care of you. Our team’s in-depth knowledge of due diligence and vetting requirements, responsiveness, and extensive cross-cultural experience have gained us the trust of many of the largest foundations and DAFs in the United States.
“Paragon surpasses other providers I’ve seen with their level of due diligence and delivers much more than basic ED or ER vetting. I have recommended Paragon to other grantmakers for their extensive service offerings, exceptional customer service, reasonable fees and timeliness. Working with Paragon, our foundation benefits from time and cost savings along with peace of mind.”
— Colin Richardson, Director of Grants Administration, The San Francisco Foundation
In addition to the Equivalency Determination letter, Equivalency Determination PLUS includes watch list screening (SDN search, etc.) at the Silver Vetting level and review of foreign country requirements affecting the grantmaker and grantee. We manage all communications with the foreign grantee, review the grant agreement (as appropriate), secure grantee signatures, obtain international wire transfer information, and confirm receipt of funds.
Our service includes pre-screening for any red flags, reducing the chance that you will pay for an Equivalency Determination that is unsuccessful. There is no membership fee.
In addition to required Expenditure Responsibility steps, Expenditure Responsibility PLUS includes watch list screening (SDN search, etc.) at the Silver Vetting level and review of foreign country requirements affecting the grantmaker and grantee. We manage all communications with the foreign grantee, review required documents, secure grantee signatures, obtain international wire transfer information, and confirm receipt of funds.
Neither Equivalency Determination nor Expenditure Responsibility is required to qualify foreign governmental entities for an international grant. Instead, specific documentation from a governmental grantee is obtained to demonstrate government ownership or control. Examples of governmental entities include public colleges and universities, cities, school districts, and water districts. In addition to required due diligence steps, Government Entity PLUS includes watch list screening (SDN search, etc.) at the Silver Vetting level and review of foreign country requirements affecting the grantmaker and grantee.
When making international grants or payments, it is important to adopt specific practices that lessen the risk of diversion of charitable funds by terrorist organizations and their support networks. Grantmakers that fail to take appropriate steps can face significant penalties if funds are diverted and counterterrorism regulations are violated.
Paragon's anti-terrorist financing screening service, which encompasses watch list screening and related steps, assists your grantmaking public charity, private foundation, or DAF in complying with U.S. laws, statutes, and regulations related to combating terrorist financing.
Paragon's Equivalency Determination PLUS, Expenditure Responsibility PLUS, and Government Entity PLUS services include verifying compliance with foreign country requirements. Some countries, for example, require that a grantee obtain special registration, or secure specific information about the grantmaker prior to receiving foreign funding. Not meeting such requirements, where they exist, could put a grantee’s staff or operations at risk, or result in grant funds being sequestered by a foreign government.
A review of foreign country restrictions and requirements should form an integral part of your foundation's international grantmaking procedures. This is underscored by global trends toward a ‘closing space’ for international philanthropy. Paragon's article in Alliance Magazine, Internationally Engaged Foundations: Coping with the Disabling Environment, discusses some of the existing risks, challenges, and solutions.
International Grantmaking Policies and Procedures Audit
Our team is available to review your foundation's policies and procedures for international grantmaking, or provide on-site training or coaching as needed. These services can be tailored to your specific needs.
A Grantee Credibility Assessment provides insight into a grantee's reputation, the impact of its programs, and other key criteria. We assess grantee strengths and weaknesses and identify possible red flags to help ensure your support will prove a good investment.
“We have been working with Paragon for a couple years now and couldn’t be more pleased with the relationship. Paragon relieves us of all the burdensome requirements associated with processing international grants so that we and our clients can rest assured we’re not running afoul of any tax-related regulations. Because Paragon is so thorough, professional and responsive, I can count on the work being performed accurately and in a timely manner. They are also simply a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Paragon Philanthropy.”
— Pegine E. Grayson, Senior Vice President/Philanthropic Services, Whittier Trust
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Marin Community Foundation
RSF Social Finance
Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation
Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas