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Grants and Related Resources: Affinity Groups/Fiscal Sponsorship

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Affinity Groups

Tracking affinity groups can provide insight on current funding trends and tips on how to position your grant proposal for better results. Groups of potential interest include:

Africa Grantmakers : a network of grantmakers working in, or interested in working in Africa. The group has its roots in the Southern Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group, which was designed to encourage greater foundation interest in South Africa, promote better grantmaking in the country, and assist nonprofit organizations fighting apartheid.

African Grantmakers Network : Established in July 2009 in Accra, Ghana, as a collective of African grantmaking institutions. It advocates for long-term and sustainable support, including investments and endowments for African philanthropic institutions.

Americans for the Arts : Provides grant-making tips for the arts.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy : A national membership association dedicated to the two-fold mission of increasing the participation and leadership of Asian Pacific Americans in philanthropy and increasing philanthropic resources to those communities. AAPIP’s members include foundations, the staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and representatives of nonprofit organizations.

Black Male Achievement Funders : Strives to facilitate engagement, catalyze collaboration, and promote strategic decision-making in the field of Black male achievement, serving as a resource not only to funders, but also to nonprofits, policymakers, and anyone else interested in fostering Black male achievement.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy : A full-time resource to help donors make more thoughtful disaster-related giving decisions and maximize the impact of their gifts.

Communications Network : A nonprofit membership organization that promotes strategic communications as an integral part of effective philanthropy by providing the philanthropic community with strategic communications leadership, guidance, and resources. The Network also publishes "Network Notes," an e-mail newsletter focusing on philanthropy and communications issues.

Environmental Grantmakers Association : A voluntary association of foundations and giving programs concerned with the protection of the natural environment; works to increase awareness of the relationships between environmental grantmaking and other areas of grantmaking and to encourage all types of philanthropic programs to support environmentally related activities. In addition, EGA provides the means by which members can improve their effectiveness as grantmakers and works to increase the resources available to address environmental concerns.

Funders Concerned About AIDS : Assists philanthropy in being more aggressive and strategic in HIV/AIDS and related grantmaking areas by helping funders to broaden their strategic understanding and appreciation of HIV/AIDS issues and increase their creativity in designing and sustaining effective grantmaking strategies around the world.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues : Founded in 1982 as the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues, FLGI works to increase the visibility of and funding for lesbian and gay issues in the philanthropic community.

Funders for Reproductive Equity : A dynamic network committed to bold and effective philanthropy for reproductive health, rights and justice.

Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities : A resource for foundations, nonprofit organizations, and other partners working to solve the environmental, social, and economic problems created by suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The Network informs funders of critical policy and grassroots developments; enables program staff to share effective strategies and tools; builds the capacity of key constituencies to promote smart growth and livable communities; and raises awareness about the interdisciplinary nature of these issues and the need for sustained engagement by a diverse coalition of funders.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees : A national network of more than 175 foundation staff and trustees representing 115 foundations with diverse grantmaking interests and geographic areas of focus. GCIR promotes awareness and understanding among grantmakers about national and international migration trends and public policies and other issues affecting immigrants and refugees, and works to increase financial support for projects and activities benefiting immigrant and refugee communities.

Grantmakers for Education : A membership organization for private and public grantmakers that support education from early childhood through K-12 and beyond.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations : A network of people located both in and outside the United States, dedicated to promoting learning and encouraging dialogue among funders committed to the field of organizational effectiveness.

Grantmakers in Aging: An educational nonprofit membership organization for staff and trustees of foundations and corporations active in the field of aging.

Grantmakers in the Arts : A nonprofit membership organization comprised of private foundations, family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations that make arts grants. GIA welcomes public-sector grantmakers as affiliate members.

Grantmakers in Health : An educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the nation's health; works to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others and to strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness in dealing with health-related issues.

Health & Environmental Funders Network : Works to mobilize philanthropy around solutions for environmental health and justice. HEFN expands philanthropic knowledge and engagement through programming and outreach, often in partnership with national or regional funder group partners.

Hispanics in Philanthropy : An association of more than 450 U.S. and Latin American grantmakers and nonprofit leaders committed to increasing philanthropic support of Latino communities and to promoting greater participation by Latinos within organized philanthropy.

Human Rights Funders Network : A global network of approximately 1,500 individual grantmakers and philanthropists committed to advancing human rights through effective philanthropy. Membership includes staff, consultants and trustees of private, corporate and public foundations, community giving programs, women’s funds, and philanthropic advocacy and support organizations based in over 60 countries across the globe.

Jewish Funders Network : Brings together Jews, nationally and regionally, who believe that their funding decisions must be philosophically and strategically sound and who understand that their philanthropy goes much deeper than the mere act of writing checks. JFN encourages membership among individual philanthropists as well as foundation trustees, executives, and grantmaking professionals.

Literacy Funders Network : An affinity group of the Council on Foundations, founded in 2009 in response to an identified interest from the funding community to develop a formal collaboration to advance the literacy funding field and in turn build stronger, more resilient individuals, families and communities.

National Humanities Alliance : An advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. NHA is supported by more than 140 national, state, and local member organizations and institutions, including scholarly and professional associations; higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers; and colleges and universities. Based in Washington, D.C., the Alliance is a 501(c)(4) non-profit association and is strictly nonpartisan. Membership is open to 501(c)(3) organizations that are involved in the humanities.

Native Americans In Philanthropy : A growing circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples, who work to develop meaningful philanthropic opportunities and investment in Native communities.

Neighborhood Funders Group : A membership association of grantmaking institutions dedicated to strengthening the capacity of organized philanthropy to understand and support community-based efforts to organize and improve the economic and social fabric of low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities.

Peace and Security Funders Group : Strives to have a positive impact in the field of peace and security through: (1) facilitating the exchange of information and ideas; (2) fostering collaboration between peace and security funders; and (3) by increasing the number of funders engaged in peace and security philanthropy.

Peak Grantmaking : A member-led organization of, by, and for grantmakers which seeks to advance knowledge, learning, and collaboration with grantmaking professionals and institutions throughout the field.

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) : A national community of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic participation.

Sustain Arts : Strives to build the collective capacity of art and culture in America, by arming stakeholders with resources that assist in data-driven decision-making, strategic collaborations, and broad community engagement.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders : An expanding community of funders working to increase support and funding for programs and organizations that (i) increase the supply, demand, quality, and accessibility of sustainably produced foods; (ii) make our food system more sustainable; and/or (iii) improve environmental stewardship, diet and health, and viability of communities.

Technology Affinity Group : Seeks to advance technology best practices in philanthropy through the formation of a network of technical and non-technical foundation staff. TAG helps its members to spread understanding of how technology can best serve philanthropic goals, foster partnerships with program and communications staff, explore appropriate future technologies, and identify resources for technical knowledge and expertise.

WASH Funders : Funders working together to solve the world's water crisis.

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