Founded in 1980, Independent Sector is the first affinity group in the field to combine grantmakers and grantees. In addition to hosting perhaps the largest annual sector-wide convenings in the country, Independent Sector also works on federal policy issues that affect the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including tax incentives and exemption status of organizations within the sector. IS is now undertaking a year-long strategic planning exercise, facilitated by the nonprofit consulting firm The Monitor Institute, to learn from and strategically adjust to the most salient trends likely to affect civil society in the years ahead. This effort will work with the field to help understand these trends and to then determine the most appropriate role for IS in the near and longer-term.
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for a project to advance nonprofit sector priorities and position
Independent Sector is the nonpartisan leadership network nationally for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations seeking to advance the common good. Independent Sector has nearly 500 members that represent diverse issues and geographies. It hosts a large, annual national conference and also works on federal policy issues that affect the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including tax incentives and the exemption status of organizations within the sector. This grant will support Independent Sector's efforts to advance nonprofit sector priorities and position at the federal level.
for the Charting Impact Initiative
The Charting Impact Initiative is central to the Program's strategy to build a system of high-quality information about nonprofit performance. The first phase of the Initiative was a field-wide process to establish a standardized set of five questions that every nonprofit should answer. The three organizations running the initiative-Independent Sector, GuideStar, and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance-are now turning their attention to encouraging widespread adoption of this framework. In the short term, Charting Impact creates a tool to ensure the clarity and cogency of nonprofit goals and strategies. In the medium term, these questions could form the intellectual core of a common application form for philanthropy.