USAID registers private voluntary organizations (PVOs), both U.S. based and non-U.S. based, that conduct, or intend to conduct program activities in one or more countries other than their country of origin and that are consistent with the general purposes of the Foreign Assistance Act and/or Public Law 480.
A U.S. PVO is a nonprofit, U.S.-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that is incorporated and headquartered in the United States, solicits and receives cash contributions from the U.S. general public, is exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and conducts, or anticipates conducting, program activities that are consistent with the general purposes of the Foreign Assistance Act and/or Public Law 480. (see 22CFR203.2)
An international PVO is a nonprofit, non-U.S. nongovernmental organization (NGO) that is organized under the laws of the country in which it is domiciled and headquartered, solicits and receives cash contributions from the general public, is tax exempt under the laws of its country of domicile and operation, and conducts, or anticipates conducting, program activities in one or more countries other than its country of origin that are consistent with the general purposes of the Foreign Assistance Act and/or Public Law 480.
A local, or indigenous, PVO (LPVO) is a non-U.S. based PVO that meets the definition of an international PVO, except that it operates only in the same foreign country in which it is organized. Local, indigenous PVOs do not need to register with USAID to be eligible to compete for development assistance.
Note: For registration purposes universities, colleges, accredited degree-granting institutions of education, private foundations, hospitals, organizations engaged exclusively in research or scientific activities, churches, synagogues, mosques, or other similar entities organized primarily for religious purposes are not defined as PVOs.
- PVO Registration Overview
- PVO Definitions
- PVO Registration Annual Renewal
- Annual Submission Due Date Calculator
- PVO Funding Opportunities
- Local (Indigenous) PVO Information
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Publications and Resources
To search for USAID registered PVOs, including links to their homepage, countries where they work and other information, see the following links:
For assistance with the online PVO registration process: PVO Registration Coordinator, email:email@example.com