Philanthropic Support Network

In this networked world, the Council recognizes the importance of cultivating and preserving strategic relationships with infrastructure organizations to serve our members and help them advance the common good. The Council is committed to building a strong and integrated network with colleagues to leverage assets, share knowledge and resources, increase impact, and ultimately better serve the philanthropic sector. By working closely with colleague organizations, the Council also hopes to engage a broader group of stakeholders in advocacy and policy work.

There are several different types of colleague and infrastructure organizations that serve philanthropy. They include:

The Community Foundation National Standards Board is designated by the IRS as supporting organizations of the Council on Foundations.

Funder Networks

Funder networks are organizations founded by grantmakers who have common interests. The first funder networks were formed in the early 1980s and provide opportunities for grantmakers with common interests to meet each other, share knowledge and encourage collaborative funding. Some funder networks are formed around the identity of the population served. Some are formed around particular grant issue areas. Still others are formed around position and function.

Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)

Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy


Confluence Philanthropy

Consortium of Foundations Libraries

Disability Funders Network

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Environmental Grantmakers Association

Exponent Philanthropy

Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

Funders Concerned About AIDS

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights

Funders Together to End Homelessness

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families

Grantmakers for Education

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Grantmakers in Aging

Grantmakers In Health

Grantmakers in the Arts

Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce

Grants Managers Network

Grassroots Grantmakers

Health and Environmental Funders Network

Hispanics in Philanthropy

International Funders for Indigenous People

International Human Rights Funders Group

Jewish Funders Network

League of California Community Foundations

Literacy Funders Network

Media Impact Funders

Native Americans in Philanthropy

Neighborhood Funders Group

Peace and Security Funders Group

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Resource Generation

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders

Technology Affinity Group

The Communications Network

Women's Funding Network


Regional Associations

Regional associations of grantmakers are nonprofit membership associations of private and community foundations, corporations, individuals and others committed to strengthening philanthropy in the geographic areas in which they operate, within the United States.

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (the Forum) is the national membership organization for regional associations of grantmakers.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmaker

Arizona Grantmakers Forum

Associated Grant Makers

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Colorado Association of Funders

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Inc.

Council of Michigan Foundations

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Donors Forum

Donors Forum of Northeast Florida

Donors Forum of Wisconsin

Florida Philanthropic Network

Gateway Center for Giving

Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island

Grantmakers Forum of New York

Grantmakers of Oregon & S W Washington

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Iowa Council of Foundations

Maine Philanthropy Center

Minnesota Council on Foundations

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Northern California Grantmakers

Philanthropy Ohio

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Philanthropy New York

Philanthropy Northwest

Philanthropy Southwest

Philanthropy West Virginia

San Diego Grantmakers

Southeastern Council of Foundations

Southern California Grantmakers

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Western New York Grantmakers Association


Academic Centers of Philanthropy

University-based centers primarily located within institutions of higher education that provide training, research, tools, and other resources that help foster the education and advancement of the philanthropic sector.

The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) is a membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntarism and/or philanthropy.

The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council

Arizona State University

Baruch College, The City University of New York

Bay Path College

Boston College

Case Western Reserve University

City University London

Cleveland State University

DePaul University

George Mason University

Georgetown University

Georgia State University

Grand Valley State University

Harvard University

Indiana University

Johns Hopkins University

Louisiana State University Shreveport

Mount Royal University

New York University

New York University School of Law

North Park University

Northwestern University

University of Notre Dame

Portland State University

Queensland University of Technology

Regis University

Seattle University

Seton Hall University

Texas A&M University

The New School

University of New South Wales

University At Albany, State University of New York

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Delaware

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri Kansas City

University of Missouri Saint Louis

University of Pennsylvania

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

University of Texas at Austin

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Virginia Tech University

University of York


Philanthropic Support Organizations

Organizations that provide a variety of services that help support and strengthen the philanthropic infrastructure.

Business for Social Responsibility

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy

The Corporation for National and Community Service

The Entrepreneurs Foundation

The Foundation Center

The National Center for Family Philanthropy

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)

The Philanthropic Initiative

The Philanthropy Roundtable

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)

Nonprofit Policy Organizations

Tax-exempt organizations whose mission supports a wide spectrum of policy issues that affect philanthropy.

Alliance for Justice

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

The Aspen Institute

The Brookings Institution

Capital Research Center

The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest

The Heritage Foundation

The Hudson Institute

The Urban Institute


Nonprofit Infrastructure Organizations

Tax-exempt organizations that provide a variety of services which help strengthen the nonprofit sector.

Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance


Business Civic Leadership Center


The Conference Board

Independent Sector


The Institute for Global Ethics

The National Civic League

The National Council of Nonprofit Associations

The Points of Light Institute & Volunteer Center National Network

The Public Affairs Council