Independent Sector’s international program was established to build on IS’s role as a leader in civil society in the
IS has advocated for the nonprofit community by informing and explaining US government policies that impact international charitable activity. IS has promoted, for instance, the protection of nonprofits’ first amendment rights, and compiled guidelines of US laws and regulations that impact US-based nonprofits operating abroad. As one of four organizations comprising an advisory group to the Council on Foundations, we are also contributing to the development of a repository of equivalency determinations for non-U.S. based NGOs. The program will be instrumental in assisting
IS’s international program has also facilitated learning and collaboration between civil society organizations abroad through hosting two international peer learning events. Also, in the early 1990s, Independent Sector played a key role in the establishment of CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and we remain involved with the organization through the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA).