Special Issue: Celebrating Philanthropy
November was Celebrating Philanthropy month at the Foundation Center, and in honor of the occasion we've put together a collection of annotated links to some of the best general philanthropy resources on the Web.
This isn't the last word on the subject — in fact, we hope you'll join us in making the Web version of this guide as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible.
To suggest a category or site for the Web version, send an e-mail (be sure to include a URL, when appropriate) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group (AGAG) is a network of grantmakers working in, or interested in working in Africa. The group has its roots in the Southern Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group (SAGAG), which was designed to encourage greater foundation interest in South Africa, promote better grantmaking in the country, and assist nonprofit organizations fighting apartheid.
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership association dedicated to the two-fold mission of increasing the participation and leadership of Asian Pacific Americans in philanthropy and increasing philanthropic resources to those communities. AAPIP's members include foundations, the staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and representatives of nonprofit organizations.
Association of Small Foundations
With a membership of some 1,900 foundations, ASF works to provide information and assistance related to quality philanthropy to foundations having five or fewer persons and a portfolio that includes all aspects of foundation work, including public relations, writing letters, cutting checks, mailing and processing grant applications, working with trustees and grantees, doing site visits and evaluations, and managing assets.
The Communications Network is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes strategic communications as an integral part of effective philanthropy by providing the philanthropic community with strategic communications leadership, guidance, and resources. The Network also publishes "Network Notes," an e-mail newsletter focusing on philanthropy and communications issues.
Consortium of Foundation Libraries
The Consortium of Foundation Libraries is dedicated to enhancing learning, sharing resources, and coordinating information services among foundation libraries and archives. The Consortium comprises libraries and information centers associated with public and private foundations, private operating foundations, nonprofit organizations whose function is to perform services for foundations or collecting and disseminating information relating to the foundations' fields of interest, and other nonprofit organizations whose aims and operations are deemed by the membership to be similar to the above organizations.
Environmental Grantmakers Association
The Environmental Grantmakers Association, a voluntary association of foundations and giving programs concerned with the protection of the natural environment, works to increase awareness of the relationships between environmental grantmaking and other areas of grantmaking and to encourage all types of philanthropic programs to support environmentally related activities. In addition, EGA provides the means by which members can improve their effectiveness as grantmakers and works to increase the resources available to address environmental concerns.
Funders Concerned About AIDS
Funders Concerned About AIDS assists philanthropy in being more aggressive and strategic in HIV/AIDS and related grantmaking areas by helping funders to broaden their strategic understanding and appreciation of HIV/AIDS issues and increase their creativity in designing and sustaining effective grantmaking strategies around the world.
Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues
Founded in 1982 as the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues, FLGI works to increase the visibility of and funding for lesbian and gay issues in the philanthropic community.
Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is a resource for foundations, nonprofit organizations, and other partners working to solve the environmental, social, and economic problems created by suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The Network informs funders of critical policy and grassroots developments; enables program staff to share effective strategies and tools; builds the capacity of key constituencies to promote smart growth and livable communities; and raises awareness about the interdisciplinary nature of these issues and the need for sustained engagement by a diverse coalition of funders.
Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service
The Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service, an affinity group of grantmakers representing the whole spectrum of philanthropy, including private foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations and community foundations, is organized around the belief that service — giving of oneself for purposes greater than oneself is a fundamental value of American democracy as well as — a value that should be supported and celebrated.
Grantmakers Concerned with Care at the End of Life
Grantmakers Concerned with Care at the End of Life (GCCEL) is a national network of funders who are addressing the critical issues surrounding the experience of dying. GCCEL works to heighten awareness of these issues among philanthropic, government, and healthcare institutions, and also helps to educate funders about what they can do to aid in the development and research of new systems of care, governmental and institutional policies, and public and professional education programs.
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Established in 1990, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is a national network of more than 175 foundation staff and trustees representing 115 foundations with diverse grantmaking interests and geographic areas of focus. GCIR promotes awareness and understanding among grantmakers about national and international migration trends and public policies and other issues affecting immigrants and refugees, and works to increase financial support for projects and activities benefiting immigrant and refugee communities.
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families (GCYF) is a membership association of grantmaking institutions established to increase the ability of organized philanthropy to improve the well-being of children, youth and families. GCYF serves as a forum to review and analyze grantmaking strategies, exchange information about effective programs, examine public policy developments, and maintain ongoing discussions with national leaders.
Grantmakers for Education
A membership organization for private and public grantmakers that support education from early childhood through K-12 and beyond.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, a network of people located both in and outside the United States, is dedicated to promoting learning and encouraging dialogue among funders committed to the field of organizational effectiveness.
Grantmakers in Aging
Grantmakers in Aging is an educational nonprofit membership organization for staff and trustees of foundations and corporations active in the field of aging.
Grantmakers in the Arts
Representing over 250 organizations, Grantmakers in the Arts is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of private foundations, family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations that make arts grants. GIA welcomes public-sector grantmakers as affiliate members.
Grantmakers in Health
Grantmakers In Health, an educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the nation's health, works to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness in dealing with health-related issues.
Grants Managers Network
A project of the Rockefeller Family Fund, the Grants Managers Network, an association of foundation professionals responsible for grants management, provides a forum in which grants manageers can exchange information about grants management and its relevance to efficient and effective grantmaking.
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Hispanics in Philanthropy is an association of more than 450 U.S. and Latin American grantmakers and nonprofit leaders committed to increasing philanthropic support of Latino communities and to promoting greater participation by Latinos within organized philanthropy. HIP seeks to increase Latino representation on foundation staff and boards, promotes efforts to strengthen the Latino nonprofit sector, develops cross border exchanges between Latin American and U.S. foundations, and educates grantmakers about issues affecting Latino communities.
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
Established in 1999, the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) is a venue for communications and resource sharing among international funders of indigenous peoples. IFIP provides a forum that cuts across grantmaking disciplines to build a contextual understanding of indigenous peoples that includes the impact of globalization.
Jewish Funders Network
The Jewish Funders Network brings together Jews, nationally and regionally, who believe that their funding decisions must be philosophically and strategically sound and who understand that their philanthropy goes much deeper than the mere act of writing checks. JFN encourages membership among individual philanthropists as well as foundation trustees, executives, and grantmaking professionals.
National Network of Grantmakers
The National Network of Grantmakers is an organization of 400 individual donors, foundation staff and board members, and grantmaking committee members involved in funding social and economic justice by supporting organizations working for change.
Neighborhood Funders Group
A membership association of grantmaking institutions dedicated to strengthening the capacity of organized philanthropy to understand and support community-based efforts to organize and improve the economic and social fabric of low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities.
Technology Affinity Group
The Technology Affinity Group seeks to advance technology best practices in philanthropy through the formation of a network of technical and non-technical foundation staff. TAG helps its members to spread understanding of how technology can best serve philanthropic goals, foster partnerships with program and communications staff, explore appropriate future technologies, and identify resources for technical knowledge and expertise.
Women & Philanthropy
Women & Philanthropy is an association of grantmakers, women and men, dedicated to mobilizing the resources of the philanthropic community to achieve equity for women and girls by increasing funding for programs that achieve equity for women and girls.
Women's Funding Network
The Women's Funding Network is an association of women's funds working to increase resources for programs benefiting women and girls. By fostering strategic alliances among women, donors, communities, and institutions, WFN promotes the development and growth of women's funds with the aim of strengthening the women's funding movement and promoting women's leadership in philanthropy.
Board Caf�, a collaborative project of CompassPoint Non-Profit Services and the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is the electronic newsletter for members of nonprofit boards of directors. "Short enough to read over a cup of coffee," Board Caf� presents ideas, information, opinions, news, and resources to help board members give and get the most out of board service.
National Center for Nonprofit Boards
Established in 1988 by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and Independent Sector, the National Center for Nonprofit Boards provides resources, programs, and services to the nonprofit community and publishes material on nonprofit governance, offering more than 100 booklets, books, videos, and audiotapes. NCNB's Web site offers Board Information Center, a free information clearinghouse on board-related topics, and Board Member Online, an abridged version of "Board Member," the organization's members-only periodical.
CHARITY MONITORING GROUPS
BBB Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance collects and distributes information about the programs, governance, fundraising practices, and finances of hundreds of nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. The Alliance Web site offers an interactive form that can be used to request information on charities that are not included among its current evaluation reports.
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
Comprised of charitable, religious, missionary, social, and educational organizations, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability serves as a "Christian Better Business Bureau" by making appropriate public disclosure of its more than 900 members' financial practices and accomplishments.
Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations, a membership organization for grantmakers, provides assistance to foundation staff, trustees, and board members through one-to-one technical assistance, research, publications, conferences and workshops, legal services, and an array of other services.
Founded in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. To that end, the Center collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.
The mission of Independent Sector, a coalition of more than 700 national nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, is to promote, strengthen, and advance not-for-profit initiative, philanthropy, and citizen action in the United States.
National Center for Family Philanthropy
Established in 1997 by a group of family foundations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy serves as a resource for family philanthropists by publishing books, conducting research, and offering educational seminars on family foundations.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy promotes philanthropy that addresses the unmet needs of disadvantaged populations through action research, technical assistance, and policy advocacy. NCRP's reform activism targets foundations, corporations, individual donors, and workplace fundraising. In addition to information about the Committee's projects and publications, the NCRP Web site offers the current issue "Responsive Philanthropy," the organization's newsletter.
National Council of Nonprofit Associations
Founded in 1989, the National Council of Nonprofit Associations is a network of thirty-eight state and regional associations of nonprofit organizations representing more than 17,000 nonprofits throughout the country. NCNA helps state associations of nonprofits to increase the impact, influence, and effectiveness of local nonprofits by providing information, training and leadership; advocates for state associations and the nonprofit sector by providing information to national policy makers and the business community; and increases public awareness and understanding of the vital role nonprofits play at the local, state, and national level by working closely with the media, legislators and community leaders.
The Philanthropy Roundtable is an association of grantmakers founded on the principle that voluntary private action offers the best means of addressing many of society's needs and that a vibrant private sector is critical to creating the wealth that makes philanthropy possible. The organization's Web site features synopses of articles from current and past issues of "Philanthropy," a journal that covers relevant topics in the field, and information about the Roundtable's publications and conferences.
NONPROFIT ACADEMIC/RESEARCH CENTERS
Founded in 1950, the Aspen Institute fosters "enlightened, morally responsible" leadership by bringing together leaders and policy makers to address the challenges of the new century. The Institute operates internationally through a network of partners in Europe and Asia.
Center for Civil Society Studies of the Johns Hopkins
Institute for Policy Studies
The Center for Civil Society Studies of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies seeks to encourage the development and effective operation of nonprofit, philanthropic, or civil society organizations. The Center carries out its work through a combination of research, training, and information-sharing both in the United States and around the globe. In addition to its research activities, the Center is actively engaged in education, training, and capacity-building activities designed to improve the contribution that civil society organizations can make to societal problem-solving.
Center for Community Development and Family Policy at the University of Delaware
The Center for Community Development and Family Policy at the University of Delaware works with government agencies and nonprofit and community-based organizations to educate graduate and undergraduate students and practicing professionals about the issues, strategies, and techniques for improving the quality of life for families and the communities in which they reside; generate knowledge about the nature and causes of poverty and inequality in communities and among families in the United States, but especially in Delaware; assist public, nonprofit, and private organizations in Delaware to design and implement policies and programs that address important family and community needs; and disseminate information locally and nationally about the nature of, and solutions to, family and community problems.
Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1992, the Center for Community Partnerships works to improve the internal coordination and collaboration of all community service programs at the University of Pennsylvania; to create effective partnerships between the university and the community; to encourage creative initiatives linking the university and the community; and to strengthen local and national networks of institutions of higher education committed to engagement with their local communities.
Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute
The Urban Institute's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy produces rigorous, nonpartisan research to promote an ongoing dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers as a means for informed decision-making on public policy. CNP works to build the necessary research tools, contribute to sensible theory, and develop applications that illuminate both policy and practice in the nonprofit sector.
Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Arizona State University
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management works to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofits, especially those involved in positive youth development and human services, through interdisciplinary strategies, including facilitating curriculum development, promoting relevant research, providing technical assistance, and convening people and ideas around issues pertinent to the nonprofit sector.
Center for Public Policy at the Union Institute
The Center for Public Policy, based in Washington, D.C., is a research division of the Union Institute that promotes equal access to and full participation in the policymaking process. CPP emphasizes collaborative work and values process as an important outcome and a means for promoting change in thought and action. During the last decade, CPP has concentrated on the critical role nonprofit organizations play in promoting democracy, fostering social justice, and addressing human needs.
Center for the Study of Philanthropy at City University of New York
The Center for the Study of Philanthropy was founded in 1986 to provide an ongoing national and international forum for research, discussion, and public education on philanthropic trends. CSP's activities are interdisciplinary, with a particular emphasis on multicultural philanthropy; the patterns of giving and voluntarism by different religious, ethnic, racial, gender, and economic groups; and foundations and corporations, both nationally and internationally.
Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism
Established in 1986, Duke University's Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism has three major objectives: to support scholarly research on issues related to philanthropy and voluntarism; to stimulate the exchange of ideas and research findings among scholars and practitioners; and to encourage the development of university courses in the area of philanthropy. Past and current research projects include an examination of the predicted and actual effects of tax reform on charitable giving, research on the implications of entrepreneurial behavior in nonprofit organizations; and a study of the history of philanthropic giving.
Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations and Service at Georgetown University
Established in 1997, the Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations and Service at Georgetown University sponsors and encourages multidisciplinary and public policy research about the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and voluntary service. The purpose of the Center is to build the future leadership of the nonprofit and voluntary sector; to enhance the abilities of current community sector leaders through professional educational opportunities and applied research; and to provide a broad educational context and understanding to students and faculty involved in voluntary services and community outreach to develop a life-long ethos for supporting voluntary activities and the nonprofit sector through direct service or professional engagement.
Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
With more than sixty faculty members from twenty-one disciplines, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is one of the largest and most comprehensive academic centers dedicated to research, teaching, and practice related to philanthropy, fundraising, and the management of nonprofit organizations.
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Launched in 1997, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations is an interdisciplinary research center based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government that seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about nonprofit organizations and civil society among scholars, practitioners, policymakers and the general public.
Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations
The mission of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center is to foster effective management, leadership, and governance of nonprofit organizations in human services, the arts, education, community development, religion, and other areas through education, research, and community service. In addition, the Center addresses policy and research issues in nonprofit management and leadership through its Distinguished Public Lecture Series, research colloquia, symposia, conferences, and publications.
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City was established in 1991 to serve the nonprofit community in Kansas City and the adjacent six-state region of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. MCNL's goal is to enhance performance and effectiveness in the nonprofit sector through high-quality community-oriented education, applied research, problem solving, and service.
National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at New York University School of Law
The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law was established at the New York University School of Law to explore a broad range of legal issues affecting the nonprofit sector and to provide an integrated examination of the legal doctrines related to the activities of charitable organizations.
Nonprofit and Public Management Center at the University of Michigan
The Nonprofit and Public Management Center at the University of Michigan works to advance and promote understanding of the contributions of nonprofit and public organizations and the challenges of leading them successfully by creating a stimulating and supportive environment for faculty and doctoral students with interest and expertise in the nonprofit and public sector.
Public and Nonprofit Management Program at the University of California at Berkeley
The Nonprofit and Public Management Program at the University of California, Berkeley, was founded in 1989 to strengthen the educational opportunities available for current and future public and nonprofit professionals. The program supplies a focus for MBA students looking to augment their core business curriculum with specialized courses involving public and nonprofit management issues. The program also offers exposure to business students who will be involved with public and nonprofit organizations in less direct ways, including municipal finance and public and nonprofit consulting.
Program on Non-Profit Organizations at Yale University
Established in 1978, the Program on Non-Profit Organizations at Yale University supports research on issues relevant to leading nonprofit organizations and understanding the contexts in which they function, including basic theoretical, empirical, historical, and comparative scholarship on civil society, philanthropy, and voluntarism.
Rockefeller Archive Center
The Rockefeller Archive Center was established in 1974 to assemble, process, and make available for scholarly research the papers of the Rockefeller family and the records of various philanthropic and educational institutions founded by the Rockefeller family. The Center has recently begun to collect non-Rockefeller philanthropic records, including the archives of the Commonwealth Fund, the Culpeper Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the John and Mary Markle Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.
Social Welfare Research Institute at Boston College
Founded in 1970, the Social Welfare Research Institute is a multidisciplinary research center that specializes in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life.
Tufts University College of Citizenship and Public Service
The Tufts University College of Citizenship and Public Service was established to educate and produce committed public citizens and leaders who will take an active role in addressing community challenges throughout their lifetimes, regardless of their profession. The goals of the program are to give students the knowledge and capacities to be active citizens and community members, to contribute actively to improving conditions in our communities, and to develop and share knowledge about citizenship and public service.
USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
The mission of the University of Southern California's Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy is to promote more effective philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofit sector through research that informs public policy. The Los Angeles-based Center conducts research on philanthropy, volunteerism, and the role of the nonprofit sector in the governance and economics of America's communities, using California and the West as a laboratory, and convenes and encourages communication among the philanthropic, nonprofit and policy communities.
PHILANTHROPY NEWS SOURCES
A collection of Web sites and e-mail forums powered by a volunteer community of nonprofit-sector professionals that covers a broad range of topics of interest to nonprofit professionals and practititoners.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides news and information for fundraisers, grantmakers, nonprofit managers, and others in the charitable sector. Subscribers to the print edition can access all areas of the Web site, including the complete contents of the most recent issue, an archive of articles from the past two years, and a database of grants listings.
Corporate Responsibility Newswire
A newswire service that reports on corporate social responsibility issues related to business ethics, the environment, human rights, charitable donations, community development, and the workplace.
HandsNet, an online membership community of public interest and human services organizations, utilizes its editorial expertise and technology to provide the WebClipper service, which organizes the best human services content on the Web and makes it more accessible to professionals in the field. Subscribers to the fee-based service specify which issues interest them most and receive e-mail updates about related news, research, funding notices, legislative and policy analyses, and model programs.
Internet Nonprofit Center
A project of the Seattle-based Evergreen State Society, the Internet Nonprofit Center provides information for and about U.S. nonprofits. The Web site offers a Nonprofit FAQ, with information on a wide range of nonprofit topics and a library that offers longer essays and analysis of the sector.
Internet Prospector is a service for nonprofit fundraisers seeking new funding sources. The volunteers who produce the site "mine" the Web for prospect research nuggets and provide a monthly online newsletter with links to and analysis of recently published articles, Web sites of interest, and tips for prospect research.
Milano Nonprofit Management Knowledge Hub
The Nonprofit Management program of the New School's Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy created the Knowledge Hub to help nonprofit managers, leaders, students, researchers, and others find specific nonprofit management information quickly. The Web site includes archives stocked with reports, studies, and essays; reviews of Web resources; a listing of events related to nonprofit management; and news about the sector.
Nonprofit Online News
Nonprofit Online News, a service of the Gilbert Center, provides briefly annotated links to news, information, and opinion pieces of interest to the nonprofit community.
A biweekly print publication that covers nonprofit management issues. Selected articles and features are available online from current and archived past issues of the publication, and both the print edition and the Web site also offer a classified section for jobseekers.
An online source of news and information for people who support and work in the philanthropic sector. Edited by Todd Cohen, Nonprofit Xpress focuses on fundraising, giving and volunteering, and nonprofit management, both domestically (with a special emphasis on North Carolina) and abroad.
Philanthropy News Digest
A free service of the Foundation Center, Philanthropy News Digest provides abstracts of news, surveys and reports, and other items related to the changing world of philanthropy. Other Digest features available online include the RFP Bulletin; a searchable Job Corner; the NPO Spotlight; book and Web site reviews; a conference calendar; and Connections, a frequently updated guide to Web sites, publications, and other resources of interest to the sector.
Philanthropy News Network Online
Another good source of nonprofit news and information. Its weekly e-mail newsletter provides a short descriptions and links to stories carried in full on the PNN site.
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Members of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management include management support organizations, individual professionals, and a range of national/regional, umbrella, research and academic, publishing and philanthropic organizations that provide training and consulting to nonprofits. The NMA Web site contains a new "Alliance Resource Center," with links to Web sites, books, videos, and other resources relating to nonprofit management and governance.
American Association of Grant Professionals
The American Association of Grant Professionals enhances the role of grant developers who work for public or private organizations by maintaining a code of ethics and promoting the public image of professional grant developers. The Association also works to enhance grant developers' relationships with funders and employers and advance educational opportunities for its members.
Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Association of Fundraising Professionals consists of 25,000 individual members in 159 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico working to advance philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy.
Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement
The Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) fosters professional development, career growth, and standards that enhance the expertise of its members. APRA's mission is to promote professional growth and advancement; to advocate the highest standards of performance and ethical behavior, and to facilitate interaction among research, development, and information professionals, and their representative organizations.
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is an international, interdisciplinary network of scholars and nonprofit leaders working to foster the creation, application, and dissemination of research on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and civil society.
National Committee on Planned Giving
The National Committee on Planned Giving was established in 1988 as a federation of planned giving councils to facilitate, coordinate, and encourage the education and training of the planned giving community, and to facilitate effective communication among the many different professionals in the community. The Committee's Web site offers information regarding education and training programs, planned giving conferences, and subscription information for ordering "The Journal of Gift Planning."
REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF GRANTMAKERS
Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts
Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts is a statewide association whose mission is to "support and advance effective and responsible philanthropy throughout the Commonwealth." AGM's Web site offers detailed descriptions of the services it provides to grantmakers and nonprofit organizations, information on events of interest to grantseekers and grantmakers, a catalog of AGM publications and videos, and extensive links to other nonprofit and philanthropy resources.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Established in 1983, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is a membership organization of grantmakers with the goal of strengthening and promoting organized private philanthropy in the Greater Baltimore region. Membership is open to any private, community, operating, corporate foundation, or corporate giving program.
Conference of Southwest Foundations
Established in 1949, the Conference of Southwest Foundations was originally organized so that Texas grantmakers could share information and their experiences in order to learn from one another. Today, the Dallas-based CSF holds two yearly meetings and presents several educational programs throughout the year for its 240 member foundations from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Arkansas.
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Founded in 1949, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy works to promote and support philanthropy in the region. The Council's more than 100 members include family, independent, and community foundations; corporate foundations and giving programs; and federated funds.
Council of Michigan Foundations
The Council of Michigan Foundations, a membership association of more than 495 foundations and grantmaking corporations, was established in 1975 to enhance and improve philanthropy in Michigan. The Council's Web site provides links to members' sites and special materials developed by and for community foundations.
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers — a membership association of independent foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, and federated funds — provides education, resources, and a forum for collaboration among grantmakers and contributions managers throughout the State of New Jersey.
Delaware Valley Grantmakers
Delaware Valley Grantmakers, a membership association serving the greater Philadelphia area and neighboring regions, promotes and enhances philanthropy by providing its members with opportunities for peer networking, professional development, technical assistance, and information sharing.
Donors Forum of Chicago
The Donors Forum of Chicago, an association of Chicago-area grantmakers, promotes effective and responsive philanthropy through education programs, workshops, publications, and research. The Forum provides resources for grantmakers, nonprofit organizations, the media, researchers, and anyone seeking information on the region's nonprofit and philanthropic sector.
Donors Forum of South Florida
The Donors Forum, an association of some 100 South Florida foundations, corporate giving programs, private foundations, and professional advisers, promotes effective philanthropy in the region by providing professional seminars, forums, networking opportunities, and technical support.
Donors Forum of Wisconsin
The Donors Forum of Wisconsin, a membership association of independent and family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, and corporate giving programs, works to improve the quality and enhance the understanding of philanthropy in Wisconsin by providing continuing education and professional support to its members and by facilitating information exchange between grantmakers and the larger nonprofit community.
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, a membership association of twenty-eight RAGS from around the country, assists RAGS in providing local leadership to grantmakers on the issues of public policy, promoting the growth of new philanthropy, technology, and measuring effectiveness and impact.
Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania
Established in 1985, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania is an association of grantmaking foundations, corporations, and charitable trusts whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of its members to meet the needs of the people, organizations, and communities of Western Pennsylvania.
Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
The Indiana Donors Alliance, a membership association serving Indiana's grantmaking community, works to promote regional philanthropy by providing information and education, facilitating communication and collaboration, and encouraging new opportunities for giving and volunteering.
Maine Philanthropy Center
The Maine Philanthropy Center, a membership organization serving Maine funders, nonprofits, and professionals, works to increase interest in philanthropy throughout the state by providing a center of information about philanthropy; facilitating interaction among private and public grantmakers, nonprofit organizations, and the community; educating grantmakers, nonprofit organizations, public policy makers, and the general public about philanthropy and philanthropic opportunities; and encouraging informed and effective funding strategies.
Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy
Founded in 1970, the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy is a membership association of St. Louis-area grantmakers dedicated to strengthening the philanthropic community, supporting new and increased philanthropic gifts, and encouraging partnerships that increase the impact of philanthropic gifts in the St. Louis area.
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Founded in 1969, the Minnesota Council on Foundations is a regional membership association of grantmakers, including private, community, and corporate foundations as well as corporate giving programs. MCF works to strengthen and to increase participation in organized philanthropy in the state through education and professional development, research, communications, government relations, and leadership development.
New York Regional Association of Grantmakers
The New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, a membership organization of private grantmakers in the New York City tri-state area, works to improve and enhance the practice of philanthropy and to encourage leadership for collaborative action. NYRAG's Web site offers information about the association's Peer Networks program, legislative outreach and monitoring, and information about City Connect, an initiative to foster coalition-building among city government, private funders, and the nonprofit community.
Northern California Grantmakers
Northern California Grantmakers, an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs, and other private grantmakers, works to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy and to strengthen the ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders in nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large in the Northern California region. NCG administers a collaborative funding program, through which interested grantmakers pool resources to address important community needs. In addition, NCG publishes "The Guide to California Foundations" in partnership with the Southern California Association for Philanthropy.
Ohio Grantmakers Forum
The Ohio Grantmakers Forum, a membership association of private and family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, health-focused philanthropies, and other grantmaking public charities in Ohio, works to make philanthropy in Ohio more effective through improved communication among grantmakers, encouraging the growth of philanthropic entities, and advocating for philanthropic initiatives.
Formerly the Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum, Philanthropy Northwest, a professional association of grantmakers whose funding extends throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, sponsors conferences, professional development workshops, gatherings of grantmakers, and meetings focused on various societal issues.
Rochester Grantmakers Forum
Founded in 1974, the Rochester Grantmakers Forum is a professional association of foundations, corporations, government representatives, philanthropic organizations, and individuals serving grantmakers in Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, and Genesee counties in upstate New York.
San Diego Grantmakers
San Diego Grantmakers was founded in 1976 as a forum in which San Diego-area professionals involved in philanthropy could address common problems and interests. Membership is available to organizations and individuals whose primary purpose is grantmaking and who are currently making minimum annual contributions of $25,000 to multiple nonprofit organizations in an "organized manner."
Southeastern Council of Foundations
The Southeastern Council of Foundations is a membership association of grantmaking foundations and programs that promotes the field of philanthropy and the creation of new philanthropic resources to benefit West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Southern California Association for Philanthropy
A regional membership association of private grantmakers whose mission is to support and advance effective and responsible philanthropy in Southern California.
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is a network of funders who partner with nonprofits and governments to support effective leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors; promotes effective grantmaking through educational programs, peer networking, and funding collaboration; and works with nonprofit partners to promote new models and new approaches to meeting community needs.