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What is the USIG project?

United States International Grantmaking (USIG) is a project of the Council on Foundations in partnership with the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law. The USIG project facilitates effective and responsible international grantmaking by U.S. foundations.

What does the USIG project do?

The USIG Project: 

  • Explains complex legal requirements in understandable terms.
  • Works toward revision of burdensome or ambiguous IRS regulations governing giving abroad.
  • Compiles a database of legal information for 35 specific countries.
  • Provides “model” materials for foundations to use with their overseas grantees.
  • Provides access to best practices in the field.
  • Links to other resources relevant to USIG’s mission.

How is the USIG website organized?

The USIG website is organized to provide quick access to information relevant to the needs of international grantmakers.

  • International Grantmaking Basics provides an introduction to those new to the field of international grantmaking.
  • Legal Issues provides clear and easy-to-understand analyses of legal issues relevant to international grantmakers.
  • Accounting Issues provides a general guide to the financial statements of non-profit organizations, and accounting practices and standards in the U.S. and certain other countries.
  • Country Information describes the legal framework of non-profit organizations in 35 select countries and links to relevant laws and includes translations of legislative provisions relevant to an equivalency determination under IRS Revenue Procedure 92-94.
  • Links contains over 100 links to support organizations, networking groups and other resources for international grantmakers.
  • Publications links to books, reports, papers, and newsletters developed by USIG or the Council on Foundations are available free as downloads or for purchase.
  • For Grantseekers contains information useful to people and organizations who are seeking funding for their project(s).

Who manages and supports the USIG project?

The Global Philanthropy Programs department of the Council on Foundations manages the U.S. International Grantmaking (USIG) project. The USIG Steering Committee meets bimonthly via conference call to advise and contribute their expertise in the field of international grantmaking to the USIG project.

The USIG project is made possible through the generous financial support of:

  • American Express Philanthropic Program
  • The Asia Foundation
  • King Baudouin Foundation United States
  • Charities Aid Foundation
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Citi Foundation
  • Merck Company Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Hampshire Foundation, Peru Opportunity Fund (Peru Country Note)

Who can we contact with questions relating to the USIG project?

Isabelle Mack
Operations Manager
Global Philanthropy
Council on Foundations
Phone: 703-879-0747

Andrew Ho
Global Philanthropy
Council on Foundations
Phone: 703-879-0743


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