The King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS), an American 501(c)(3) public charity, helps American donors support European and African nonprofits in an efficient, tax deductible and secure way. Over the past three years, they have facilitated more than $30 million in grants to support a wide variety of causes - including quite a few educational organizations such as schools and universities.
As well as helping donors to support nonprofit initiatives overseas, they also assist European and African organizations in raising funds in the United States. Through an American friends fund at KBFUS, they can reach out to American donors with a tool that bears their name and invite them to support their activities through contributions that are tax-deductible for U.S. tax purposes. Several African and European universities have an American friends fund at KBFUS.
In addition to the services they provide to donors and nonprofits, they have developed a series of educational programs that present unique opportunities for cross-cultural learning in the fields of fundraising and philanthropy. One of these programs is our annual Study visit on the American Fundraising Model for executives from European universities and cultural institutions, which consists of four days of interactive discussions with the ‘best of the best’ of New York City’s fundraising world. Building on the success of its European program, KBFUS launched a similar initiative in 2013 to introduce executives from African universities to successful development strategies and enable them to learn from the longstanding fundraising expertise of their colleagues in the United States.