IS Vision, Mission, and Values


A just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.


To advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic community.



  • The freedom to be creative and uplift the human spirit
  • The right to advocacy and freedom of speech
  • A commitment to promoting and protecting the independence of the sector
  • An obligation to serve as a leading voice for the common good


  • Productive cooperation between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Effective collaboration between funders and grant recipients

      Inclusiveness and Diversity

  • Embracing a variety of perspectives and people
  • Respect for the views of others

      Social Justice

  • Full and fair opportunities for all
  • Appreciating the worth and dignity of each person

      Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability

  • A commitment to the highest possible ethical standards
  • Open and timely sharing of financial, governance, and program information
  • Responsiveness to society, members, and stakeholders

      Operational Excellence

  • Effective programs and activities that meet meaningful needs
  • Efficiency in the use of resources
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