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Membership Benefits


A nationwide network of peer grantmaking professionals.

For over 40 years, NFG has actively facilitated relationships and learning opportunities among the hundreds of national and local grantmakers in our network, strengthening our collective impact.

Resources for community-centered grantmaking practices and trends.

Members can trust NFG to center people, place, and power, and count on NFG for authoritative publications, case studies, and updates on current issues, as well as opportunities to connect with community leaders and educate themselves about movements and funding opportunities.

A range of leadership development opportunities in philanthropy.

The NFG network provides a national platform for our members to develop leadership in philanthropy by convening colleagues with similar interests and organizing working groups, events, and special projects.

Cutting-edge convenings. 

NFG hosts national conferences, policy briefings, and learning tours for funders on the most important issues facing community-centered grantmakers, all with an intersectional and place-based focus.

Membership Eligibility

Institutions whose primary activity is grantmaking and who are interested in supporting racial, economic, gender, and climate justice movements across the U.S. are welcome to join NFG.

NFG members are as diverse as the communities they serve. They work in every part of the nation, in both urban and rural settings. Our members include private foundations, community foundations, family foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, religious giving programs, public foundations, and other grantmaking institutions.

If your institution is not eligible for membership (e.g., peer Philanthropy Serving Organizations or affinity groups), please contact us to learn more about how we can partner.

To become a member, your foundation is one that:

  1. Centers people and communities.

  2. Holds values of equity and justice.

  3. Works at a national or local scale - and anywhere in between.

  4. Wants to build relationships, strategize, and partner with like-minded funders across the country.

  5. Strives to deepen your analysis and learn from others.

  6. Seeks to mobilize resources with greater alignment and strategy for deeper impact.

Note that NFG membership is at the institutional level. Any number of individuals within the institution receive membership benefits.

Interested in finding out more about becoming a member of NFG?

Courtney Banayad
Courtney Banayad
Director of Membership and Communications
courtney [at]
(510) 444-6063, ext. 14
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