Legal Counsel, NGOsource

  • (Multiple states)
  • Full Time
  • NGOsource
  • Experienced


Full-Time, Exempt position – may be remote 

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 more than 155 countries. NGOsource provides ED services to over 600 grantmaker 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 Legal Counsel 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  

  • Occasionally provide support in drafting and reviewing various kinds of contracts for TechSoup Global 


Please note that this position may only be filled by an attorney currently licensed to practice law in a state, territory, or possession of the U.S. 

In addition, the candidate must have the following qualities: 

  • At least two to four years of experience at law firm, nonprofit organization, or in-house in a position that included contract review and legal analysis 

  • Contract experience 

  • Must possess strong attention to detail 

  • Excellent legal writing skills, particularly legal arguments, opinions, and/or research memorandums 

  • 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 skill 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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