A. United States Charities:
U.S. Charities may apply if:
- They have Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) status, or
- They are listed in the current edition of the Cumulative List of Charities published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, or
- They are a Catholic organization listed in the current edition of the Catholic Directory, or
- They are listed in the Free Methodist Yearbook, or other Protestant Denomination Directory that has a group ruling for tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service of the Department of the Treasury.
B. Non-U.S. Charities:
Although many of our grants benefit children outside the United States, we cannot send money directly to foreign charities. We can only send money to U.S. charities as noted above.
If you are a non-U.S. charity and do not meet one of the criteria above, you must find a U.S. charity or a Religious Order located near you that has a U.S. affiliate office. We require that such organizations have knowledge of your work. They should be in a position to verify the integrity of your organization, accept expenditure responsibility and are prepared to provide a letter of recommendation. Please contact our office with any questions or for assistance regarding this matter.
In addition, you may be asked to supply one or more letters of recommendation from the highest government or religious official of your province, district or department on official stationery. If your government registers charities, you must provide a copy of the letter or ruling that confirms charitable status.
Limits to International Grant Making:
Although the Ross Foundation makes grants internationally, it cannot make grants where:
- war, widespread violence, or a breakdown of law and order exists or is probable.
- prohibited by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as listed in the Office of Foreign Assets Control Program Summary (OFAC).
If you are unsure whether grants are permissible in your country under U.S. law, please contact us before submitting a grant proposal.