The Forum's members are regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) that work in many important ways to strengthen, advance, lead, inform and support the philanthropy sector. Our members are membership associations, networks and other types of organizations that focus on a speciﬁc geographic region, funding issue(s), population group, philanthropic practice, and/or type of funder. Our members represent more than 7,000 primarily philanthropic organizations, making the Forum the largest network serving philanthropy in America.
Most, but not all, Forum members are membership organizations of philanthropic institutions and individuals. Most of our members serve philanthropic institutions such as private independent and family foundations, community foundations, corporate grantmakers and other types of grantmaking and philanthropic organizations. The membership of some Forum members also includes individual philanthropists, government agencies and professional advisors, and a few of our members include nonprofits as their members.
Our members are a part of what is sometimes called the "philanthropy infrastructure." A civil society needs infrastructure to ensure that nonprofits and foundations can act with integrity and impact. Philanthropy infrastructure organizations run the training programs that support the growth of our staff and volunteers. They do the research to help us understand what works, and what doesn’t. They build the technology platforms that make communication and learning possible. They hold the conferences that gather philanthropy leaders together and provide them the resources and connections to improve their work. They advocate for new levels of excellence to push us all to do better — and for policies that create the legal environment in which we work. In short, they make philanthropy more effective in its quest to make the world better.