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Regional Associations

Regional associations of grantmakers promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy to improve lives in their communities. Together as the Forum, regional associations form the largest network serving philanthropy today. Regional associations serve their members by:

  • Delivering educational programming and resources in order to strengthen grantmakers so they can meet community and global needs;
  • Bringing together grantmakers, and coordinating grantmakers with grantseekers;
  • Informing donors, their advisors, the media, and the general public about all forms of philanthropy;
  • Communicating the value of philanthropy to local, state, and national policymakers and the media;
  • and Sustaining and supporting all types and sizes of grantmakers, aiming to represent the majority of endowed giving organizations in their region.

The Forum represents this important region-by-region focus of grantmaking at the national level, making us a natural partner for collaborations. The Forum’s members represent more than 5,500 participating organizations. We provide professional and association management services for our members and help to leverage our collective resources to support philanthropy across the country.

Are you a Regional Association staff member looking for programming ideas? Be sure to check out the Forum’s Grantmaker Education Program Directory, a searchable database of regional associations’ grantmaker education programs, favorite speakers, and planning tools.

Below are resources tailored to regional association staff to help them with their daily work. If you'd like to join the regional movement, contact your local regional association of grantmakers.

Latest Resources

Board Diversity Assessment

A template to analyze board diversity by grantmaker age, gender, race, type, category, and region.

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Bromelkamp Company

Through special arrangements with Bromelkamp Company, we offer discounts for Forum members and their members on Bromelkamp Company’s software one-time set-up fee.

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The Foundation Review

All Forum members and their members are eligible for a 20% discount off the only peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy - The Foundation Review - a product of The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University. The journal, written by and for foundation staff and boards, provides rigorous research and writing, presented in an accessible style. It will share evaluation results, tools and knowledge about the philanthropic sector in order to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation.

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Electric Embers Listservs

The Forum offers philanthropy-serving organizations the opportunity to configure and maintain discussions lists (public and private) for and with their own members using Electric Embers.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Philanthropy-serving organizations and their members are eligible for $10 off a subscription to Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Foundation Staff External Activities Policies
Do you have policies that you could share about foundation staff sitting on nonprofit boards, particularly if the policy addresses situations where that nonprofit is a grantee? We’re looking for something above and beyond a conflict of interest statement.
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PSO Board and Committee Descriptions

Sample documents regarding PSO boards and committees, including committee descriptions, scope of responsibilities, and term limits.

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