Working with the American Fund for Charities. A Step-by step process

Has your organization been approached by a potential US donor?

In the United States, most donations to American non-profit organizations are tax-deductible, meaning that when US tax-payers support American charities, they can save up to half of the amount they give in reduced taxes.  However, this tax-deduction does not apply to charities overseas.  The American Fund for Charities is an American charity that give grants to organizations around the world, as directed by its donors.  This enables Americans who donate to the American Fund to receive a tax donation for the full amount, almost all of which will then be sent to the donor’s designated charity, provided the charity has been approved by the American Fund.

If your organization has been approached by a US donor, you may apply for evaluation with the American Fund for Charities.  After your evaluation has been approved, the US donor will be able to support your organization and receive the tax deduction.  If you do not have potential US donors, you may still apply for evaluation with the American Fund, but be aware that the American Fund does not fundraise for you.

Evaluation – what does this means?

In evaluating a new charity, the American Fund reviews its mission, vision, and by-laws; current activities, financial statements, and personnel, to ensure your organization is suitable to receive grants from a US public charity.  In this process, the American Fund makes no judgments as to the value of the work you do or the capacity of your organization to do it.  Nor does it guarantee that your fundraising will be successful.  Evaluation only ensures that once your charity is approved, American donors may receive tax deductions for donations to the Fund that will be granted to your organization. 

Required documents for evaluation:

1. A Charity Evaluation form completed in full.
2. A copy of your organizing documents in English. These are the documents that were prepared, signed, or agreed upon when your organization was set up. These typically include a statement of your organization’s mission, vision and by-laws.  If these are not in English please, provide both an English translation and a copy of the original.
3. Your most recent set of accounts, which have been approved/certified by an independent auditor or outside body and have been submitted to the relevant authorities in your country as the laws of your country require.
4. The names, addresses, and website addresses of the local and national government organizations that are responsible for regulating your organization.
5. The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of the trustees, directors, and senior officers of your organization. We may contact any or all of these to confirm the validity of the information you provide about your organization.
6. Details of any projects for which you are hoping to fundraise.  This can include grant proposals, informational brochures, budgets etc.
7. General information about your organization that you use/distribute for fundraising purposes.
8.  Additional information as requested.

All applications should be submitted via email to, if you are unable to do so, please contact us for further advice.

Once we are satisfied that the necessary paperwork has been received, you will be asked to pay the evaluation fee of $250. The Board of the American Fund will then consider your application for evaluation and you will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.

What happens when your Evaluation has been approved?

You will be notified in writing.  You may use this letter to show potential American donors confirmation of your affiliation with the American Fund for Charities.  If donors have any questions they are always welcome to contact the American Fund.

You are now ready to start your fundraising.  Please note that evaluation by the American Fund for Charities does not guarantee that you will be successful in receiving any grants.


The American Fund for Charities is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your evaluation. Please contact us at

American Fund for Charities C/O GMA Foundations, 2 Liberty Square, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02109, USA. T: 617 391 3094 E:

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