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In this section of our website, you’ll find everything you want to know about what it means to be a part of Independent Sector. From the biggest foundations to local charities, we are the only national organization that brings together nonprofits, foundations, and corporations engaged in every kind of charitable endeavor.

By joining our powerful coalition, you and your organization's staff will gain the knowledge, networks, and leadership skills you need to excel. You’ll network with the charitable sector’s top minds. You’ll acquire the tools you need to operate a highly effective charitable organization. And, most importantly, you will be an integral part of the voice of the charitable sector.

What benefits do Independent Sector members receive?

Independent Sector membership includes a wide range of benefits for everyone at your organization. Visit our member benefits page to explore them.

What is my annual membership rate?

Membership rates are calculated based on the size and type of your organization. Rates for nonprofits and operating foundations are determined by organizational payroll and benefits. Rates for funders are determined by their grantmaking budgets. See our member type page for all membership categories and rates. 

Can I join or renew online?

Yes – and it’s easy! If you are joining IS as a new member, click here. If you are a current member and have received a renewal invoice, click here.

Is my organization already an IS member?

See if your organization is a current IS member by reviewing our member list. If your organization is currently a member but you have not created a profile on our website, be sure to do so. Your profile gives you access to more content, allows you to control you preferences, and register for events.

How can I learn more about Independent Sector's current members?

Our membership network is comprised of a diverse group of organizations and individuals from across the charitable sector and around the world. You can learn more about our network's demographics and see a full list of our members here.

Am I eligible for membership?

IS membership is available to a wide range of organizations and individuals working in or affiliated with the charitable sector. Click here to learn about membership categories.

What exactly is Independent Sector?

Independent Sector is the only national organization that brings together nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good. Our members’ networks collectively represent tens of thousands of organizations and individuals locally, nationally, and globally.

How has IS made an impact?

Over the course of the more than three decades since our founding, Independent Sector and its membership have been instrumental in shaping the landscape of the charitable sector. Learn about our history, successes, and landmarks in the sector by visiting our timeline.

How can I contact IS directly?

Our membership team can be reached directly during business hours at 202-467-6161 or

How do I login to the website?

Whether you are an IS member or not, we encourage you to create a profile on our website. Your profile will allow you to access more, control the information you receive from us, and register for events. Login is also required for access to IS member-only content. To create a new username and password, click here. If you have already registered, click here to login.

If you’ve forgotten your password, you can have a new one emailed to you by clicking here. If you need any assistance creating or accessing your account please contact the Membership Department at 202-467-6161 or

What are your upcoming events?

Throughout the year, IS has a robust slate of programs around the country and online. Visit our Events Calendar to see what’s coming up!

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