Philanthropy Now podcast: International Grantmaking

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.

Today we're joined by three members of SVCF’s Grants, Gifts and Compliance team — D. Lea Rauscher, vice president; Christine Morissette, senior director of grants administration; and Damon James, international grants administration officer — for a conversation about the ins and outs of international grantmaking.

SVCF grants millions of dollars to international charities, but it's by no means a simple process. The participants outline the collaborative approach SVCF takes when working with donors who want to make international donations. They also discuss the importance of gathering information about international organizations and setting grant agreements with grantees.  

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

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