Evergreen provides unique and thorough due diligence services to evaluate potential donors.
Evergreen provides unique and thorough due diligence services to evaluate potential donors. We do use relatively standard tools to assess the history and financial wherewithal of potential donors, but Evergreen also employs investigative techniques to evaluate potential risk. We recognize that our clients invest substantial time, money, and good will in the development of their brands, and we understand that negative PR for an affiliated donor can do lasting damage.
We also conduct investigations for philanthropists before they make a significant financial investment. As part of our research, we can alert donors to previous public relations challenges, irregularities with a potential recipient’s financial or tax statements, and other issues that may impact a donor’s decision-making process. When necessary, we can do this transparently on behalf of an unnamed client to further aid the assessment before our client engages directly.
Our assessment of a potential donor or grant recipient is a significant risk management tool for of our clients that greatly reduces the chance of legal, reputational and public relations problems. For example, a client dealing with a foreign party will want to remain compliant with U.S. sanctions and anti-money laundering laws. These are the same techniques that are used in corporate pre-transaction due diligence, just applied to the philanthropic space.