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Independent Sector Resources

Founded in 1980, Independent Sector (IS) has been striving for more than three decades to bring together nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good. They have worked tirelessly since their founding to bring about legislation that advances the nonprofit community, as well as curtail that which would cause it hindrance. Their website offers an excellent timeline that breaks down their successes from the beginning. We may be bias since they are our partner, but we think IS offers its members some pretty great benefits and resources.

Member Benefits

One of the things that makes IS unique is the wide array of members they serve. Rather than narrowing their niche, they expand it to include anyone working to improve the common good including, public charities, nonprofits, operating foundations, private and community foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, global partners, business associates, academic centers, and individuals. This allows members to mix and mingle with thought leaders that they wouldn’t meet otherwise. They also provide tools to aid you in creating an effective organization. Areas of focus include:

  • Leadership Development
  • Public Policy 
  • Networking
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Maximizing your exposure 
  • Ethics and Accountability

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

One of their standout resources has to be these 33 principles that guide you toward sound, ethical practices. They provide guidance on legal compliance, public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.

For information on membership rates and to sign up visit http://independentsector.org/membershiptypes


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