STEP is about more than due diligence or funding. It’s about rethinking risk and helping civil society organizations (CSOs) build the infrastructure they need to meet their missions. STEP provides a 360-degree view of a CSO’s risk management and compliance processes, helping CSOs understand and meet international standards of due diligence.
CSOs own their data and their evaluation reports. We prioritize CSO data privacy and ownership above all else. No information (personal data or otherwise) is shared with a third party without the CSO’s express consent. This is a cornerstone of the STEP program.
Leadership for STEP is provided by TechSoup staff in the United States and the United Kingdom and at our regional centers in Africa and Asia Pacific. We work closely with West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), the Centre for Mexican Philanthropy (Cemefi), and Phambano Technology Development Centre in South Africa.
The TechSoup Global Network of over 60 partner CSOs serves more than 1.3 million organizations worldwide with unique local programs and access to international philanthropy.