The Global Fund links donors with Good Causes in developing countries. We identify civil society organizations / CSOs (private, not-for-profit training centers, hospitals, schools, universities, etc.) that work with the needy, that are well run, and that raise money locally. We make it easy for US donors to learn about them, and we make their donations tax-deductible.
Civil Society Organizations
Rather than speak of an organization as not-for-profit or non-profit, which are negative terms, we prefer to call it a civil society organization / CSO.
Civil Society is an admittedly vague term that refers to the associative aspect of people’s daily lives, a quality that fosters and manifests a cooperative spirit. Some people use the term in a narrower sense, referring to the public sphere wherein citizens exchange views about common issues.
While not everyone shares the exact same definition of civil society organization, more and more academics and practitioners use this positive term to describe charities, universities, professional associations, religious groups, labor unions, citizen advocacy organizations, etc.
The Global Fund has advised hundreds of CSOs on fund raising, management, and Board governance. As a result, they have increased their income and have diversified their local funding sources. The president of the Global Fund has written a manual on these subjects for Latin American civil society. It’s available only in Spanish and Portuguese. For more information, click here. For more information on consulting and training, click here.
We have linked 29 good causes in 12 countries with U.S. sources that have donated $ 31 million.