NEGEF is a 501c3 public charity and, like community foundations, we are a public foundation. What makes NEGEF different is that we directly fund groups, both unincorporated and small non-profits, that are generally too small or new to meet the guidelines of private and community foundations. Through our due diligence process, we are able to act as the fiscal sponsor for ad hoc volunteer efforts across the region. Where other foundations technically have the ability to do the same, they often opt not to fund unincorporated groups as they lack the time and capacity to do the due dilingence. By partnering with NEGEF, community and private foundations are able to extend their philanthropic reach.