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Disability Inclusive Grantmaking is the mission of DFN: inclusion of disability in grantmaking programs and inclusion of people with disabilities in grantmaking organizations.

Philanthropy Library


Alliance for Justice
A national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women’s, children’s and consumer advocacy organizations. Its Foundation Advocacy Project educates grantmakers on their legal rights to support nonprofit advocacy work, while its Nonprofit Advocacy Project works gives tax-exempt organizations a better understanding of the laws that govern their participation in the policy process.

Center for Effective Philanthropy
A nonprofit organization focused on the development of comparative data to enable higher-performing foundations.

Council on Foundations
A membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. It provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities, among other services, to its members and to the general public.

Chronicle of Philanthropy
The newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

Foundation Center
Maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants—a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

Provides guides that are based on the actual experiences of grant makers and grant users, and are told through their voice. Grantcraft also offers cases, videos, and workshops based in the experiences of grantmakers.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
A coalition of grantmakers committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. GEO’s mission is to maximize philanthropy’s impact by advancing the effectiveness of grantmakers and their grantees.

Independent Sector
The leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
An independent nonprofit working to strengthen the nonprofit sector and improve its ability to represent and serve individuals politically, economically, or socially disadvantaged, by promoting greater philanthropic openness and accountability.

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
A multiyear project intended to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.

To suggest a philanthropic resource, please e-mail us at info@disabilityfunders.org. We give preference to resources that are specific to grantmaking and are aligned with our mission.

Affinity Groups

Affinity Group on Japanese Philanthropy
Provides a venue for information sharing and promotion of best practices among funders with roots in Japan and the Japanese corporate community

Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group
Carries out activities to encourage increased and more effective foundation funding in Africa

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Works to informs the philanthropic community about critical and emerging issues in the Asian Pacific Islander community; to increase Asian Pacific Islander representation on board of trustees and staff of philanthropic organizations; and to increase the ability of Asian Pacific Islander nonprofits to access philanthropic funds

Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
Promotes sustainable philanthropy in Black Communities and encouraged Black leadership and participation within organized philanthropy

The Association of Small Foundations
Membership organization of nearly 3,000 foundations with few or no staff – which represent half of all foundation giving in the United States – to enhance the power of small foundation giving

Formerly the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth, CFLeads recognizes that community foundations can and should be the catalyst for positive change that is required for all citizens, young and old, to prosper in our communities.

The Communications Network
Promotes communications as an essential and integral component of grantmaking

Consortium of Foundation Libraries
A vehicle for enhancing learning, sharing resources and coordinating information services among foundation libraries and archives

Disability Funders Network
Works to shares information on grantmaking opportunities and current developments related to people with disabilities, and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the field of philanthropy

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Mission is to strengthen the next generation of grantmakers to advance effective social justice philanthropy; organized to serve young adults, those new to the grantmaking field, and/or those in junior positions

Environmental Grantmakers Association
A voluntary association of foundations and giving programs concerned with the protection of the natural environment

Funders for Sustainable Food Systems

Funders Concerned About AIDS
Mobilizes philanthropic leadership and resources, domestically and internationally to eradicate the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to address its social and economic consequences

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues
Works to increases the philanthropic community’s knowledge and understanding of critical funding needs in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and to educate lesbian and gay organizations on how to access philanthropic resources

Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights
A network of grantmakers who address issues of population, reproductive health and rights, both domestically and internationally

Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
Works to encourage more attention and support of the broad issues of citizen engagement, both electorally and in society

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Mission is to strengthen funders’ individual and collective abilities to support organizations promoting smart growth and livable communities

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Seeks to move the philanthropic field to advance the contributions and address the needs of the world’s growing and increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee populations; core focus on the United States

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families
Works to promote awareness and action around children, youth and family issues in philanthropy; to strengthen the knowledge and use of available resources

Grantmakers for Education
Works to advance excellence and effectiveness in education grantmaking, from early childhood through K-12 and higher education

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Works to promote learning and dialogue about the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations

Grantmakers in Aging

Works to promote and strengthen grantmaking for an aging society

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media
An association of grantmakers committed to advancing the field of media arts and public service media funding; serves as a resource for grantmakers who fund media programming and infrastructure, as well as those who may employ media to further their program goals

Grantmakers In Health
Nonprofit educational organization serving trustees and staff of foundations and corporate giving programs

Grantmakers in the Arts
Seeks to 1) strengthen the field of private sector arts grantmaking by improving communication, information exchange, and peer learning within the field as a whole; 2) increase the presence of arts philanthropy within the broader foundation and policy making communities, thereby promoting more meaningful support of arts and culture; and 3) support individual arts grantmakers in increasing their effectiveness and capacity to meet objectives

Grantmakers Income Security Task Force
Promotes understanding of income security issues among funders and to advance collaborative strategies in this area

Grants Managers Network
Membership group of more than 900 staff from grantmaking institutions who are responsible for the policies, procedures, technology, and administration of the grantmaking done by their organizations

Grassroots Grantmakers
Formerly the Neighborhood Small Grants Network; connects and supports funding organizations who are engaged in grassroots grantmaking – work that is designed to strengthen resident-controlled associations toward being a stronger voice for change

Health and Environmental Funders Network
Network of grantmakers who share a commitment to health and a recognition that the health of humans, communities, ecosystems, and animals are profoundly interconnected

Hispanics in Philanthropy
Committed to strengthening Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector and by increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
Works to provide a venue for communications and resource sharing among international funders of indigenous peoples
An association of grantmakers devoted to supporting efforts to achieve the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties it has generated

International Human Rights Funders Group
An association of grantmakers devoted to supporting efforts to achieve the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties it has generated

Jewish Funders Network
An organization of individual and institutional grantmakers committed to broadening the base and scope of Jewish philanthropy and advancing its effective practice

Native Americans in Philanthropy
Seeks to engage Native and non-Native peoples in understanding and advancing the role of philanthropy through practices that support Native traditional values for current and future generations

Neighborhood Funders Group
A membership association of grantmaking institutions; mission is to strengthen 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

Partnership to End Long-Term Homelessness
Created to galvanize the philanthropic leadership and dollars needed to end long-term homelessness in America

Peace and Security Funders Group
Dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy to promote international peace security

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
Inspires interest, understanding, and investment in civic engagement, aiming to build a community within philanthropy committed to vigorous debate and action around encouraging participation and engagement in community, civic and political life; to inspire and incubate strategic collaborations with policy makers, nonprofits, business and the media to support active citizenship; and to increase the quantity and the quality of philanthropic investment in civic engagement strategies.

Technology Affinity Group
Seeks to advance the capacities of philanthropic organizations through technology

Women’s Funding Network
A partnership of women’s funds, donors and allies around the world committed to social justice, working to ensure that women’s funds are recognized as the “investment of choice” for people who value the full participation of women and girls as key to strong, equitable and sustainable communities and societies

To add your affinity group, please e-mail us at info@disabilityfunders.org. We give preference to affinity groups that are aligned with our mission.