FAQs

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Does Independent Sector offer funding or grants?

General

IS is not a grantmaking organization, so we are unable to assist you financially. We recommend that you contact the Foundation Center, which maintains an online database on foundation and corporate grantmaking; publishes directories, research reports, and other resources; and offers materials on foundations and nonprofits at five of its own libraries and over 200 cooperating collections around the country.

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How can I get involved with Independent Sector?

Membership

Independent Sector is the only national opportunity for staff from charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs to collaborate to address key issues facing the nonprofit community. We invite organizations of all sizes, missions, and locations to join our growing coalition. For more information about the benefits of and process for becoming a member, see our Member Area, email the membership department, or call 202-467-6161.

Individuals interested in becoming part of IS are invited to join the Independent Sector Associates Program.

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How do I change the email and regular mail I receive from Independent Sector?

General

To add or remove yourself from IS’s email or mailing list, call 202-467-6161 or email us with your request. Only staff at Independent Sector member organizations are eligible to receive certain messages, such as Memo to Members (IS’s monthly email newsletter), Daily Media Digest, and Daily Policy Digest.

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How do I nominate a leader for the John W. Gardner Leadership Award?

Award

Anyone may nominate an individual for the Gardner Award, which goes to an individual working in or with the charitable community, and who has advanced the common good by mobilizing and unifying people, institutions, or causes. Nominations normally close at the end of January. More on the award, including the exact deadline and nomination materials, are available in the awards section. The recipient is announced each summer and is honored at the Independent Sector Annual Conference in the fall.

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Where can I find information about the National Conference?

Conference

Independent Sector’s Annual Conference is the premier meeting ground for leaders from charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs to address key issues facing the nonprofit community. Information about the upcoming Annual Conference, as well as highlights from last year’s conference, is available in the conference section of this site. For future Annual Conference dates and locations, visit the Events calendar.

Prospective exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers should contact our Conference staff to find out more about those opportunities.