STEP is the Strengthening and Tiered Evaluation Process. Our goal is to replace “pass/fail” evaluations with a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that focuses on the needs of civil society organizations (CSOs). With a tiered due diligence evaluation and organizational strengthening outcome, STEP benefits beyond a single grant or project. CSOs are evaluations across nine streams and placed in one of four compliance tiers designed to align with funders’ risk tolerance and to pinpoint how a CSO can build capacity and improve risk management.
STEP draws on and collates the existing international standards and due diligence needs of major international donors. The program’s aim is that STEP will be accepted in time by all funders and be "reusable" (passportable). Its goal is to highlight an organization’s strengths and weaknesses to help better manage risk and accomplish its mission.
Yes. TechSoup vets CSOs according to local validation criteria based on local country law. This vetting enables all of our social impact, corporate, and foundation clients to give to valid nonprofit organizations at scale. We validate organizations formed as nonprofits, charities, or NGOs based on local law in 236 countries and territories. We can also help integrate this data into systems that support the donor’s giving programs.
More than 100 of the U.S.'s largest philanthropic and socially responsible corporations, and a number of multinationals and institutions, rely on TechSoup to support validation worldwide. TechSoup is proud to have worked with Okta, Airbnb, Kintone, Walt Disney Company, Google for Nonprofits, Amazon Web Services, Benevity, Sage, World Bank, and more. Learn more about TechSoup Validation Services.
STEP does not provide grants or assist with fundraising. TechSoup offers courses that help nonprofits meet their fundraising goals.