From the biggest foundations to local charities, Independent Sector is the only national organization that brings together nonprofits, foundations, and corporate allies engaged in every kind of charitable endeavor. IS membership offers a wide range of benefits for your entire organization. You can gain the knowledge and leadership skills you need to excel. You can network with the charitable sector’s top minds and rising stars. You can acquire the tools you need to operate a highly effective and ethical organization. And, you can be an integral part of the voice of the charitable sector.
Why Join Independent Sector?
Running an organization in today’s world is a Herculean task. That’s why heads of IS member organizations gather each year for exclusive closed-door conversations at the Independent Sector Conference. These sessions are a rare opportunity for leaders from across the sector to share challenges and insight with each other.
Next Generation Leadership
The long-term health of our sector – and every organization within it – relies on a strong continuum of leadership. Our NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now is the sector’s premier program for leaders age 40 and under who want to enhance their skills, grow their networks, and prepare themselves to lead the sector into the future. Learn more.
With information hitting us from every angle at every hour, it’s almost impossible keep up. Independent Sector makes sure you don’t miss a beat by filtering the news down to the essentials you need. With our daily digest and social media outlets, you’ll only need a few minutes to stay up to speed.
Public Policy for the Sector
You don’t have to live inside the Beltway to be affected by it. At any given time, pending legislation could seek to change the landscape of our sector. That’s why IS leads a powerful coalition dedicated to supporting the charitable sector through policy work. You can actively engage in advocacy or simply stay informed about critical issues. Learn more.
Ethics and Accountability
Is your organization ethical and accountable? Use our Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice and “how-to” resources to make sure. They are the industry standard, used by management teams and boards of nonprofits and foundations alike to ensure good governance and ethical practice. Learn more.
In addition to the many networking opportunities included as part of our leadership development programming, we provide other opportunities for our members to connect including:
Independent Sector Conference
You won’t forget an Independent Sector Conference – and it’s never the same twice. It’s your opportunity to join 1,000 leaders and professionals from across the entire sector to experience brilliant thought leaders, dynamic artists, local culture and flavor, and more than a few surprises. You’ll go home with a stronger network, exciting new ideas, and a renewed passion for your important work. Learn more.
Committees and Ad Hoc Groups
Dig deep into the issues facing the sector through our committees and ad hoc groups. Focusing on topics like policy, leadership development, and ethics and accountability, these groups bring together passionate leaders from IS member organizations to learn from experts and each other, build new relationships, and find solutions that might elude any single organization.
Independent Sector members receive substantial discounts on a wide variety of events, services, and products, including:
- IS Conference Registration
- Digital learning events and skills building programing
- Services and products from Affinity Partners
- Participation as a vendor in the Affinity Program
- Exhibitor and other visibility opportunities at the IS conference
Your organization does great work. But are the right people hearing about it? IS is committed to expanding your reach. Through a wide range of outlets, we can share your news and insights throughout our far-reaching network.