Grantee Profile

Independent Sector

Grants to Independent Sector

  • $325,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 3 years)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization of foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations. Established in 1980 to strengthen and support the nonprofit community, Independent Sector has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation since 1984. Independent Sector monitors legislative initiatives potentially affecting donors and non-profits, represents the sector to the media, government, business and international voluntary communities, organizes events that provide opportunities for funders and grantees to meet and work together, conducts research on giving and volunteering, educates the public about the sector, and supports more effective philanthropic and non-profit management. This grant provides general operating support; the primary expected outcomes are effective representation of the non-profit sector in policy discussions in Washington, and useful guidance and support to non-profit organizations and managers.

  • $375,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization of foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations established in 1980 to lead, strengthen and mobilize the nonprofit community. This three-year grant will provide support for Independent Sector's general operations. With its full-time staff of 42, Independent Sector carries out programs and activities nationwide designed to encourage philanthropy, volunteering, nonprofit initiatives, and citizen action.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of the annual conference.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — To advance good governance and ethical practices within the nonprofit sector (over two years).

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of the costs of convening the National Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of the 2004 Annual Conference in Chicago.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of general operations (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Independent Sector $2,100,000 between 2002 and 2014.

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