Sunday, November 23, 2014



Time to renew your Grantmakers Forum Membership.  Download the member renewal form here.

Not a member of Grantmakers Forum?  Funders may download the member application form here.

Member Application (PDF)

Mentoring Program

Introducing the

GFNY Philanthropy Mentoring Program

for members of Grantmakers Forum of New York.  New to philanthropy or starting a new position?  Grantmakers Forum will match you with a seasoned professional to share their experience and to support your progress.

Application Form (pdf)


What is the Value of Membership?

   Member Benefits

   Member Discounts

Who Can Join?

Full Membership
The following types of funders are eligible to become members of the Grantmakers Forum, provided that they support more than one nonprofit organization or collaborative in New York State each year:

  • Private foundations (family and independent)
  • Corporations (business giving programs and corporate foundations);
  • Community foundations;
  • Public charity grantmakers and service organizations (United Way, arts councils, Junior League, religious organizations);
  • Families or individual donors distributing $5,000 or more each year to multiple organizations.

Associate Membership
Phlanthropic Advisors: Individuals and organizations providing legal, financial, and professional assistance to grantmakers in New York State.


 Membership Dues

Annual dues for full members are based on grants and philanthropic expenditures (operating projects) made in New York State during your most recently completed fiscal year. Dues are payable at the beginning of the Grantmakers Forum of New York fiscal year, June 1st. Use the following schedule to determine annual membership dues.

Make a grant to cover your membership with the Grantmakers Forum.  Any amount over $400 may be reported to the IRS as a charitable contribution or grant rather than an administrative expense.

NOTE:  Organizations more than 150 miles from Rochester, NY may deduct 25% from their assessment.  Community Foundations and other public charity grantmakers may exempt one-time pass through and scholarship funds from their support calculation.


Grants, etc.
Annual Dues
Minimum dues, less than $100,000*
Associate Members**
$100,000 - 250,000
Federated Funds (capped at)
Government Agencies***
$250,001 - 500,000
$500,001 - 750,000
$750,001 - 1,000,000
$1,000,001 - 5.0 M
$5,000,001 - 10.0 M
Over $10.0 M

*In accordance with IRS regulations, any dues amount above the minimum of $400 may be reported as a grant or charitable distribution rather than an administrative expense.

**Individuals and organizations providing philanthropic, legal and financial professional assistance to individuals of wealth and philanthropic organizations in New York State.

***Government agencies distributing public monies to 501(c)(3) organizations. 


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2013-2014 GFNY Annual Report

Introduction to Philanthropy in Upstate New York
Open to the Public
November 13, 2014

Conversations for Grantmakers
Monthly webinar series.