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The Forum supports philanthropy by strengthening the ability of all regional associations to fulfill their missions. Leveraging the assets of the network, the Forum shares the highest quality knowledge resources and informed practices in the field of philanthropy with our membership.

You can search for resources on our site using the search box in the upper right corner or by using our advanced resources search engine. Below are the Forum's major areas of expertise. Click through for an overview of our work and access to resources curated by topic.

Association Management

Learn more about latest financial policies, practices, and principles being used in the regional association network. Membership management, including recruiting and retention, are what drive association growth. From benchmarking and research to program delivery, the Forum provides end-to-end resources on association management.

Grantmaker Education

Grantmaker Education is the core of regional association programming. The Forum has played a leadership role in development of turn-key grantmaker education resources such as Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers and sector-wide collaborations such as LearnPhilanthropy. As the largest network serving philanthropy, the Forum draws from recommended practices, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and more to identify the best resources and models available.

Knowledge Services

Although you can define it many ways, we view knowledge management (KM) as the process of transforming information and intellectual assets into enduring organizational value. Why is KM important for philanthropy? As our society rapidly evolves into an “instant information age,” grantmakers must process large quantities of information and generate new knowledge to accomplish their missions.

Public Policy

Regional associations increasingly pursue collaborative public policy work with their members and with each other. There exists a wide range of practice in terms of taking a position on an issue and speaking with one voice on behalf of members.


The Knowledgebase is a shared resource archive for grantmakers provided by regional associations. Resources provided include documents, links, reports, sample materials, job postings and more that are fully indexed and easily searchable. All regionals have access to the Knowledgebase and can make it available to their members through their websites.