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?
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 weekly 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:
Upswell grows out of the tradition of the Independent Sector conference, bringing together changemakers in a highly interactive experience where you’ll learn new skills, build deeper relationships, be out in the community, and collaborate on action-oriented projects. 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:
- Upswell 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 Upswell
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.