The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is the largest network serving philanthropy in America, consisting of 33 regional philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and a growing number of national PSOs—such as national issue-based, identity-based and practice-based affinity groups. With deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach, the Forum Network facilitates effective philanthropy that strengthens communities and improves lives throughout the United States.
The Forum is in the process of implementing a new vision to be the place where philanthropy’s infrastructure comes together. We intend to broaden our network to bring together PSOs' deep regional roots and connections with national PSOs' deep content knowledge and reach. We envision being the nexus for regional and national philanthropy. We imagine creating an expanded network that will be an increasingly efficient “one stop shop” for philanthropies to find and engage others with similar interests, share knowledge, leverage resources and advance policy.
National PSOs have deep content knowledge in their specific areas of expertise, whether it is knowledge of a particular funding issue, population group or philanthropic practice, and regional associations have deep knowledge and connections in their regions. Under the Forum’s new vision, we will bring the two together in a much more comprehensive and systematic way than what is occurring today. We believe this will reduce duplication and increase collaboration in philanthropy’s infrastructure, and will greatly enhance how regional and national PSOs work together to support, inform and advance the philanthropy sector.
The Forum is supported by dues and additional financial support from our members; earned income; and general grant support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Newman's Own Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Currently we are also receiving project support from The Joyce Foundation and the Fund for Shared Insight.