Do you believe in a just and equitable society where every person can thrive? Then you’re in the right place.

Independent Sector is a dynamic community of deeply engaged nonprofits, foundations, and private sector partners committed to advancing the common good while making sense of the shifting societal challenges and opportunities before us. Our members’ missions cover a huge spectrum of priorities, with their focuses ranging from the local to the national.

Together, we work to build connections and community, affect public policies that strengthen civil society, and enhance the capacity of our members’ leadership and staff – and we do these things with an explicit focus on racial equity.

Why Join Independent Sector?

Independent Sector members are on the leading-edge of changework. We’re at shared moment in history where the bruising turmoil of national and global crises is also offering unmatched opportunities for a healthier future.

You and your staff will be part of shaping a fundamentally changed civil society as we seize these powerful opportunities for our organizations, communities, and nation.

As an Independent Sector member, you’ll be eligible for benefits including:

Exclusive access to public policy analysis through a Monthly Policy Update webinar

Resources for understanding and responding to unexpected developments in the sector

Access to in-depth research, insights, and analysis about key sector trends in The Digest, our weekly newsletter exclusively for IS members

Invitations to intimate members-only events, including community-building and networking experiences with other member organizations

Opportunities to use IS’s national reach to showcase your mission work through media opportunities and as content partners

Exclusive Upswell discounts and events

There has never been a more important time to be a member of our community. We hope you’ll join us.

Our Members

From the biggest foundations to local charities, with staffs of 1 to 26,613, Independent Sector brings together nonprofits, foundations, and corporate allies engaged in every kind of charitable endeavor.

Meet Our Members

How Do I Become a Member?

Becoming an Independent Sector member is easy. Simply contact our Membership Team at or 202.467.6161 and we’ll provide you with everything you need to officially bring your entire staff into the Independent Sector membership.