Our Mission

To strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.

Our Vision

A world enriched by the effective allocation of philanthropic resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contributions of nonprofit activity to increasing opportunity and transforming lives.

Our Values

Our Beliefs

  • Philanthropy is an engine for positive social change worldwide.
  • Transparency and accountability are keys to earning the public trust.
  • Knowledge about philanthropy starts with accurate information.
  • Access to accurate information about philanthropy advances responsible and effective use of resources.
  • Grantmaker and nonprofit effectiveness is enhanced by shared information and understanding.

Our Practices

  • We deliver the highest quality of service to all those who use our resources.
  • We build partnerships that help us fulfill our mission.
  • We recognize diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing our mission.
  • We preserve our credibility by remaining independent and objective.
  • We build capacity, talent, and excellence within the social sector.
  • We embrace innovation and harness technology to maximize our effectiveness.
  • We make a significant portion of our resources available for free.
  • We exercise fiscal responsibility as a means of achieving our mission.