Membership Benefits

Download a Member Packet which includes information on Member Dues and Benefits. 

Connect with over 2000 colleagues at hundreds of Foundations, Grantmaking and other Philanthropic organizations and hundreds of Nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts. Benefits include FREE access to events and services!

Your foundation may also be a member of national associations and affinity groups, but belonging to a regional association provides greater collaboration and strength in the philanthropic sector and our communities. 

Learning Opportunities: Philanthropy Massachusetts provides briefings throughout the year presented by thought-leaders and experts on sub-sector issues.

  • In-person and virtual presentations and discussions on issues in health, education, human services, environment, arts & culture, youth and families, and more
  • Best practice sessions, professional development and trainings for staff and trustees
  • Trends in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector

Networking: Philanthropy Massachusetts connects funders interested in meeting other colleagues on shared interests, to learn from each other, and develop partnerships and collaboration.

  • Attend meetings by Region, by Role at your organization, and/or with similar Types of organizations such Family, Public, Corporate and Private Foundations
    • Family Foundation Roundtables
    • Community Foundations Roundtables
    • MA Arts Funders Network
    • Behavioral Health Funders Network
    • The Summer Fund Donor Collaborative
    • CFO/Finance Roundtables
    • Grantmakers of Color convenings
    • Program Staff Learning Network
    • Regional meetings in Western MA, Greater Lowell, Essex County, Cape Cod, MetroWest, and more.
  • Connect to funder collaboratives and affinity groups in philanthropy, locally, regionally and nationally, and tap into our national network of thousands of funders through our colleagues at the United Philanthropy Forum

Resources and Research: Philanthropy Massachusetts extends your capacity by providing access to resources, research, news and information enabling you to be more effective and informed in your grantmaking.

  • Giving MA 2020 report and other research provided by Philanthropy MA (in 2020, Funder Behavior during COVID19)
  • Submit a research request to Philanthropy Massachusetts on benchmarking your giving, policies, expenditures, etc.
  • Community Foundations Services - a Legal Help Desk provides quick answers to legal questions related to the operation of a community foundation, and a New England Listserv connecting to a national listserv
  • Database of Requests for Proposals
  • The Common Proposal and Common Report Forms
  • We can Host your Zoom Meeting for your Trustee meetings and more
  • Publicize your news, updates, events and activities, and stay on top of trends, reports and news in philanthropy via and our bi-weekly Member InfoNet e-newsletter

Voice for the Sector: Philanthropy Massachusetts serves as a strong voice and advocate with media and representatives at the local, city and state level. Your foundation may also be a member of national associations and affinity groups, but belonging to a regional association provides greater collaboration and strength in the philanthropic sector and our communities.

Support for Nonprofit Organizations: Over 450 organizations are enrolled in Philanthropy Massachusetts’ Nonprofit Partners Program and hundreds more take part in our Meet the Donors series, attend technical assistance and capacity building workshops, and access the Foundation Center Directory Online through our services with guided research assistance on fund development.  

Discounts and Other Benefits

Benefits through United Philanthropy Forum 
Members also receive discounts and access to these services, thanks to Philanthropy Massachusetts' membership with the United Philanthropy Forum. Click here for more information on these benefits. Receive discounts and access to services (some of these benefits are available to our network thanks to our membership with United Philanthropy Forum):

  • Alliance Magazine 
  • Amalgamated Bank 
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • ClickTime
  • Community Foundation Services
  • CrowdCompass
  • Cureo
  • Cyber Security Offerings
  • The Foundation Review
  • Foundation Legal Help Desk
  • Inside Philanthropy
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review

Organizations with grant making and advising as their primary focus of activity, which are accessible to the public and open to a reasonable range of nonprofits, are eligible for membership, including the following:

  • Bank charitable trust departments
  • Community foundations
  • Corporate foundations and giving programs
  • Governmental funding agencies
  • Philanthropic research centers
  • Operating foundations
  • Philanthropic advisory services
  • Private, independent and family foundations
  • Public foundations.
  • Wealth Management companies
  • Individual Donors and Donor Advised funds

Annual membership support covers the calendar year, may be provided in the form of a grant, and is based on grants made annually in Massachusetts. 

General – Basic membership for grant making foundations and corporate giving programs. 

Circle of Champions – Members willing to lead as supporters of the philanthropic field and provide additional support for Philanthropy Massachusetts operations. (Membership dues only cover 60% of Philanthropy Massachusetts' operating budget.)  

Associate – You must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Emerging or new foundations in pre-grant making status
  • Philanthropic advisory services
  • Foundations with primary offices located in states outside Massachusetts that are members of the regional association in the state or region where they are based.
  • Individual donors making at least $50,000 in charitable contributions annually

JOIN Philanthropy Massachusetts
To discuss how Grantmaker, Foundation and Philanthropic Advisor membership might best fit your grant making organization, please contact Philanthropy Massachusetts CEO Jeff Poulos at 617.426.2606 x113 or by email.

Download the Membership Packet, which outlines Member Dues and includes a Membership Form to join.

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