Equivalency Determination PLUS


“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



In addition to the Equivalency Determination letter, Equivalency Determination PLUS includes watch list screening (SDN search, etc.) at the Silver Vetting level while the ED is current, review of foreign country requirements, and review of the grant agreement (should you choose to have one). We handle all communications with the foreign grantee, secure grantee signatures, obtain 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 ED that is unsuccessful. There is no membership fee.

Our team manages the following steps for your family foundation, corporate foundation, or donor advised fund:


Selecting the correct approach

Before proceeding with Equivalency DeterminationExpenditure Responsibility, or special qualifying procedures for governmental entities, we review the circumstances of the grant and recommend the most appropriate compliance approach.


1. Initial Documentation

  • Orient the foreign grantee on the Equivalency Determination process

  • Obtain key documents (affidavit for non-U.S. grantees, public support form, and major donor form)



2. Review of Foreign Country Requirements

  • Review regulations in the foreign country affecting the grantee and the grantmaker, and verify compliance. Alert client to any foreign country restrictions on the operations of civil society organizations that might be of particular concern.



3. Equivalency Determination

  • Review the documentation and generate the Equivalency Determination letter and accompanying analysis (conducted by an outside contracting Qualified Tax Practitioner)



4. Anti-Terrorist Financing Screening

  • Conduct anti-terrorism financing screening (SDN search, etc.) at the Silver Vetting level

  • Review OFAC Sanctions Programs for the countries in which the grantee is operating

  • Repeat screening as needed



5. Grant Agreement

  • When applicable, review and transmit the grant agreement and related documents to the grantee and secure signatures.



6. Wire Transfer Information & Receipt of Funds

  • Secure the grantee’s international wire transfer information

  • Confirm grantee receipt of funds