Membership Dues

Type

The Independent Sector coalition consists of many different types of individuals and organizations of varying sizes, structures, and missions – all working to improve the common good.

Click a category to learn more about a membership type and coinciding annual dues schedule. To join Independent Sector please click here or contact our Membership Team by email or at (202) 467-6161.

Public Charities, Nonprofits, and Operating Foundations

Public charities, nonprofits, and operating foundations are defined as tax exempt organizations that aren’t primary, corporate, or community foundations.

To make membership affordable for organizations of every size, annual dues for this membership category are based on the size of your organization’s payroll.

Payroll Range Dues
$0 – $179,999 $350
$180,000 – $279,999 $500
$280,000 – $379,999 $750
$380,000 – $459,999 $1,000
$460,000 – $559,999 $1,250
$560,000 – $719,999 $1,500
$720,000 – $919,999 $2,000
$920,000 – $1,119,999 $2,500
$1,120,000 – $1,479,999 $3,000
$1,480,000 – $1,839,999 $4,000
$1,840,000 – $2,199,999 $5,000
$2,200,000 – $2,559,999 $6,000
$2,560,000 – $2,999,999 $7,000
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999 $8,000
$4,000,000 – $4,499,999 $9,000
$4,500,000 – $4,999,999 $10,000
$5,000,000 – $5,999,999 $11,000
$6,000,000 – $17,999,999 $12,500
$18,000,000 – $35,999,999 $15,000
$36,000,000 or more $17,500

Private and Community Foundations

Private and Community Foundations are defined as 501(c)(3) organizations that make grants for charitable purposes.

To make membership affordable for organizations of every size, annual dues for this membership category are based on the size of your organization’s grantmaking budget.

Grantmaking Range Dues
$0 – $359,999 $350
$360,000 – $559,999 $500
$560,000 – $759,999 $750
$760,000 – $919,999 $1,000
$920,000 – $1,119,999 $1,250
$1,120,000 – $1,439,999 $1,500
$1,140,000 – $1,839,999 $2,000
$1,840,000 – $2,239,999 $2,500
$2,240,000 – $2,959,999 $3,000
$2,960,000 – $3,679,999 $4,000
$3,680,000 – $4,399,999 $5,000
$4,400,000 – $5,119,999 $6,000
$5,120,000 – $5,999,999 $7,000
$6,000,000 – $7,999,999 $8,000
$8,000,000 – $9,499,999 $9,000
$9,500,000 – $9,999,999 $10,000
$10,000,000 – $11,999,999 $11,000
$12,000,000 – $35,999,999 $12,500
$36,000,000 – $71,999,999 $15,000
$72,000,000 or more $17,500

Corporate Philanthropy Programs

Corporate Philanthropy Programs are defined as private foundations whose assets are derived primarily from the contributions of a for-profit organization or grantmaking.

To make membership affordable for organizations of every size, annual dues for this membership category are based on the size of your program’s grantmaking budget.

Grantmaking Range Dues
$0 – $359,999 $350
$360,000 – $559,999 $500
$560,000 – $759,999 $750
$760,000 – $919,999 $1,000
$920,000 – $1,119,999 $1,250
$1,120,000 – $1,439,999 $1,500
$1,140,000 – $1,839,999 $2,000
$1,840,000 – $2,239,999 $2,500
$2,240,000 – $2,959,999 $3,000
$2,960,000 – $3,679,999 $4,000
$3,680,000 – $4,399,999 $5,000
$4,400,000 – $5,119,999 $6,000
$5,120,000 – $5,999,999 $7,000
$6,000,000 – $7,999,999 $8,000
$8,000,000 – $9,499,999 $9,000
$9,500,000 – $9,999,999 $10,000
$10,000,000 – $11,999,999 $11,000
$12,000,000 – $35,999,999 $12,500
$36,000,000 – $71,999,999 $15,000
$72,000,000 or more $17,500

Global Partners

Global Partners are non-governmental organizations, based outside the United States and without U.S. operations, that share Independent Sector’s commitment to helping create thriving communities everywhere. Staff of Global Partners enjoy the same benefits as members of the IS coalition headquartered in the United States.

By exchanging ideas and resources with leaders of American charities and foundations, Global Partners strengthen their work and that of U.S. organizations.

To make membership affordable for organizations of every size, annual dues for this membership category are based on the size of your organization’s total operating budget.

Operating Budget Dues
$0 – $1,199,999 $350
$2,000,000 – $3,999,999 $500
$4,000,000 – $9,999,999 $1,000
$10,000,000 – $14,999,999 $2,000
$15,000,000 – $24,999,999 $4,250
$25,000,000 – $49,999,999 $5,000
$50,000,000+ $10,000

Business Associates

Business Associates are for-profit companies working in the nonprofit arena that recognize how they can benefit from IS’s expertise on developments affecting nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs and form greater visibility with those organizations.

Not only do business associates – including law firms, accounting firms, and consulting companies – stay current in areas such as legislation, regulation, and media coverage, they also get unique visibility among IS’s member organizations.

As an IS Business Associate, you will find many opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to the nonprofit community. We connect our business associates to the best thinking and best people in the nation’s nonprofit organizations

For Business Associates, annual dues are based on the number of professional staff devoted to your firm’s nonprofit practice.

Staff Members Dues
1-4 $500
5-9 $1,000
10-49 $2,500
50+ $5,000

Academic Centers

Independent Sector enjoys close ties with member institutions from across the academic world, and in particular, research and teaching centers in nonprofit management and related programs.
For university academic centers, dues are based upon the administrative payroll of the joining center, rather than on that of the university as a whole.

Students of member Academic Centers are eligible to join Independent Sector as full members at a discounted rate of just $10.

To make membership affordable for organizations of every size, annual dues for this membership category are based on the size of your organization’s payroll.

Payroll Range Dues
$0 – $179,999 $350
$180,000 – $279,999 $500
$280,000 – $379,999 $750
$380,000 – $459,999 $1,000
$460,000 – $559,999 $1,250
$560,000 – $719,999 $1,500
$720,000 – $919,999 $2,000
$920,000 – $1,119,999 $2,500
$1,120,000 – $1,479,999 $3,000
$1,480,000 – $1,839,999 $4,000
$1,840,000 – $2,199,999 $5,000
$2,200,000 – $2,559,999 $6,000
$2,560,000 – $2,999,999 $7,000
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999 $8,000
$4,000,000 – $4,499,999 $9,000
$4,500,000 – $4,999,999 $10,000
$5,000,000 – $5,999,999 $11,000
$6,000,000 – $17,999,999 $12,500
$18,000,000 – $35,999,999 $15,000
$36,000,000 or more $17,500

Individual Associate

Associates are people committed to preserving and strengthening the great American traditions of giving and volunteering, nonprofit initiative, and citizen action. This program provides a means for individuals dedicated to the vision and mission of Independent Sector to support and participate in our work.

Individuals eligible for Associate status may be unaffiliated with an organization, or they may be affiliated with an organization that is already an Independent Sector member or with an organization that is not eligible for full membership. They can contribute to IS at one of four annual donor levels.

Level Contribution
Associate $1,000
Silver Associate $2,000
Gold Associate $3,000
Platinum Associate $3,000+