Our Vision and Strategy

Our Vision and Purpose

We envision a world of engaged individuals, robust institutions, and vibrant communities working together to improve lives and the natural world, and strengthen democratic societies. To help create this future, we lead and catalyze the charitable community, partnering with government, business, and individuals to advance the common good.

Our organizational strategies are results-centered and racial equity-focused. We believe that all charitable nonprofits and foundations in this country should be healthy and equitable to ensure that all people in the United States thrive, with targeted focus on Native, Black, Latinx, and other communities of color.


Collective Solutions – We find better solutions to complex problems when diverse groups, committed to the common good, come together in networks of responsibility.

Opportunity, Respect, and Inclusiveness – Societies thrive when all people have equal opportunity to succeed, are treated with respect, and can fully participate in the life of the community.

The Power of the Charitable Community – By taking bold risks, encouraging creativity, fostering collaboration, and inspiring optimism, the sector is a vital, leading force in improving lives and the natural world, and strengthening democratic societies.

Responsible, Transparent Institutions – Democratic societies rely on transparent, ethical, and accountable institutions and people.

What Drives Us

Building Community

Our sector is vast and diverse, with infinite ideas for solving intractable problems. But despite our differences, we know that we are better together. That’s why community building drives and informs all that we do at Independent Sector. By bringing together the best minds and the biggest hearts, we can do better at doing good.

Learn more about Upswell or leadership training.

Accelerating Sector Impact

We support and help transform organizations and leaders to build a healthy and equitable social sector. Through both numbers and narrative, we help the sector tell its story and prove its impact. Working in collaboration with others, we create, curate, and disseminate knowledge designed to help organizations respond to challenges and opportunities, increase their effectiveness, and fulfill their missions.

Learn more about our programs.

Leading on Policy

Tax policy is only the beginning. As the voice of the combined charitable and philanthropic sector, we seek to play a positive, proactive role in helping to craft laws and regulations that advance the common good. By educating policymakers on both need and impact, we help create an environment where charity can thrive.

Learn more about our policy work.

Key Documents

Independent Sector is committed the highest possible ethical standards. In order to promote good governance and transparency, the IS board presents its series of policies, procedures and reports that guide and document the work of the organization.

Visit our resource center for all key documents including Annual Reports, Form 990s, Audited Financial Reports, and organizational policies.

Conference Room Rental – Independent Sector is pleased to offer our space for rent to IS members and other organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic community.