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About Us

As the largest and most diverse network in American philanthropy, United Philanthropy Forum holds a unique position in the social sector to help increase philanthropy’s impact in communities across the country. We are a membership organization of more than 80 regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), representing 7,000 foundations and other funders, who work to make philanthropy better. The Forum envisions a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper.

The Forum has created a new kind of philanthropic network that brings together regional PSOs' deep regional roots and connections with national PSOs' deep content knowledge and reach. Given our network's scale and scope, we can lead change and increase impact in philanthropy in a deeper and broader way than any other organization in our field.

Our Vision

We envision a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper.

Our Mission

We lead, strengthen and inform a national network of organizations that advance philanthropy's impact for the common good.

Our Values

  • Collaboration
  • Continuous Learning
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Generosity of Spirit
  • Innovation

Our Value Proposition

United Philanthropy Forum is the only professional group that connects regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations to share their vast knowledge and expertise, develop their professional skills, and advance their individual and collective work. With great generosity of spirit and passion for the common good, our inclusive organization leads, informs and strengthens the field of philanthropy.

Our Supporters

The Forum is supported by dues and additional financial support from our members; earned income from our programs and knowledge management collaborative; and general operating and project grant support. We rely on philanthropic support to leverage the full power of our vibrant and robust network and completely fulfill our mission and vision. The Forum is grateful for the general operating and project support that we currently receive from the following organizations:

  • Barr Foundation
  • S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Borealis Philanthropy
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Funders Census Initiative/New Venture Fund
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Newman's Own Foundation

Forum Partners

The Forum is pleased to welcome Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as a Forum Partner.

Forum Financials

Our Members

National Organizations

Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group
Animal Grantmakers
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy 
Biodiversity Funders Group 
The Center for Effective Philanthropy
Council on Foundations
Early Childhood Funders' Collaborative
Economic Opportunity Funders
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Environmental Grantmakers Association
Funders Concerned About AIDS
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
Funders for LGBTQ Issues 
Funders for Reproductive Equity 
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Funders Together to End Homelessness
Fund the People 
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grantmakers in Aging
Grantmakers in the Arts
Grantmakers for Education
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Health & Environmental Funders Network 
Human Rights Funders Network
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples 
Media Impact Funders 
Mission Investors Exchange 
National Center for Family Philanthropy 
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 
National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group
Peace and Security Funders Group 
PEAK Grantmaking 
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders 
Technology Association of Grantmakers

Regional Organizations

Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Council of Michigan Foundations
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers  
Filantropía Puerto Rico
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
Maryland Philanthropy Network
Mid-South Philanthropy Network
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers
North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
Northeastern Pennsylvania Grantmakers
Northern California Grantmakers
NY Funders Alliance
Orange County Grantmakers
Philanthropy Colorado
Philanthropy Delaware
Philanthropy Massachusetts
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 D. Daugherty, President, Philanthropy West Virginia


Paul D. 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."