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Equivalency Determination CPA, NGOsource

Equivalency Determination CPA, NGOsource

Full-Time, Exempt position in San Francisco, CA

Remote employees will also be considered


We’re a high-impact, global nonprofit social enterprise that believes in using technology for the greater good. Since 1987, we’ve been building partnerships and alliances with individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and governments across the globe – all committed to helping nonprofits fully access the profound power of technology and a connected world — and use it to improve lives.


But we won’t stop there: as technology and global needs change, so do we. We’re creating new, community-driven platforms and mobile apps and are enhancing our offerings so that nonprofits around the world have the resources they need to build a brighter future for millions of individuals.


We’re innovators, leaders, influencers, social entrepreneurs, and technologists drawn together by a shared vision: to make the world a better place through technology. Join us!




NGOsource, a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup, is an online equivalency determination (ED) service for US funders who make international grants. It offers a unique centralized repository of EDs for NGOs and governments located in over 135 countries. NGOsource provides ED services to over 375 grantmakers members and other organizations who are interested in this elite level of grantmaking compliance. NGOsource’s membership includes nine of the ten largest international grantmakers in the US and 18 of the largest 20, as well as donor advised funds, small and medium-sized family foundations, corporate foundations, and community foundations.


Duties and Responsibilities


The Equivalency Determination (ED) CPA will be responsible for


  • Drafting equivalency determinations for NGOsource on a full-time basis
  • Reviewing and analyzing governing documents and supporting statements provided by non-U.S. NGOs
  • Drafting formal legal opinions regarding each organization’s public charity equivalency status, in conformity with U.S. tax law.
  • Conducting legal research
  • Working with non-U.S. NGOs and partners, U.S. grantmakers, and internal staff to explain legal issues of relevance to foreign public charity equivalency.





Please note that this position may only be filled by one of the following, and must be licensed in a state, territory, or possession of the U.S.

  • Certified public accountant
  • Attorney, or
  • Enrolled IRS agent


In addition, the candidate must have the following qualities:

  • One to three years of directly related experience. Related experience might include roles at professional services firms providing relevant legal or tax services to philanthropic organizations, or roles supporting management or administration of international grants at USbased foundations
  • Familiarity with, and experience drafting, foreign public charity equivalency determinations
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Ability to explain difficult legal and/or tax concepts in laymen’s terms;
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and adherence to deadlines
  • Hard working and respectful of differences in other cultures, languages, and contexts
  • Interest in international issues and NGOs
  • Any foreign language skills is a plus


Candidates who have related experience not falling into these categories are welcome to apply, explaining in their cover letter why the experience is valuable background for this position.



TechSoup is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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