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About Us

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is the largest network serving philanthropy in America. The Forum network is comprised of 55 philanthropy associations and networks across the United States, including 35 regional philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and 20 national PSOs—such as national issue-based, identity-based and practice-based affinity groups. Our members represent more than 7,000 primarily philanthropic organizations, making us the largest network serving philanthropy in America. With deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach, the Forum facilitates effective philanthropy to strengthen communities and improve lives throughout the United States. Given our network's scale and scope, we can lead change and improve practice in philanthropy in a deeper and broader way than any other organization can.
 
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.

Our Supporters

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 Trustees' Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable, 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.

Our Members

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National Organizations

ABFE *
CFLeads *
The Center for Effective Philanthropy *
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy *
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation *
Funders for LGBTQ Issues *
Funders Together to End Homelessness *
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees *
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations *
Grantmakers in Aging *
Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce *
Health & Environmental Funders Network *
Mission Investors Exchange *
National Center for Family Philanthropy *
National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers *
Neighborhood Funders Group *
PEAK Grantmaking (formerly Grants Managers Network) *
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement *
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders *
Technology Affinity Group *

Regional Organizations

Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Associated Grant Makers (MA & NH)
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Colorado Association of Funders
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Council of Michigan Foundations
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers  
Delaware Grantmakers Association
Florida Philanthropic Network
Forefront (IL)
Gateway Center for Giving
Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island
Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Iowa Council of Foundations
Kansas Association of Community Foundations *
League of California Community Foundations *
Maine Philanthropy Center
Minnesota Council on Foundations
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers
North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
Northern California Grantmakers
NY Funders Alliance
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Philanthropy New York
Philanthropy Northwest
Philanthropy Ohio
Philanthropy Southwest
Philanthropy West Virginia
San Diego Grantmakers
Southeastern Council of Foundations
Southern California Grantmakers
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

Member Spotlight

Paul Daugherty, President, Philanthropy West Virginia

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Paul Daugherty is the President of Philanthropy West Virginia, the statewide professional association of private, family, corporate, community and public foundations. In this interview, Paul discusses philanthropy in West Virginia, Foundations on the Hill, throwing a good party, and the value of the Forum Network. Regarding Foundation's on the Hill, Paul said, "With our Members of Congress our key issues are advocating on behalf of tax policies regarding the IRA Rollover Act becoming permanent in the tax code as well as the simplification of the excise tax on foundations. Those components are so important, especially to rural America, which we represent."