Independent Sector is a coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs. Founded in 1980, it is the first organization to combine the grant seekers and grantees.
Located in Washington, D.C., Independent Sector largely works on federal policy issues that affect the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including tax incentives and exemption status of organizations within the sector.
Several other organizational goals include cultivating leaders and emerging leaders, supporting and enhancing organizational effectiveness and ethical practices, and being the vital voice of the sector.
Independent Sector was created in 1980 with the merger of two nonprofit associations: the National Council of Philanthropy and the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations. The charter meeting was held in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 1980. Brian O'Connell was the first president and John W. Gardner was the first Governing Board Chair.
Diana Aviv is the current President and CEO of Independent Sector. Since its founding in 1980, Independent Sector has had the following board chairs:
|John W. Gardner, co-founder of Independent Sector||1980–1983|
|Richard W. Lyman||1984–1986|
|John H. Filer||1987–1989|
|Eugene C. Dorsey||1990–1992|
|Peter B. Goldberg||1999–2001|
|John R. Seffrin||2002–2004|
|Stephen B. Heintz||2011–2013|
- O'Connell, Brian. Powered by Coalition: The Story of INDEPENDENT SECTOR. 1997.
- Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector: Governance, Accountability, and the Charitable Sector. Foundation Center. http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/newsmakers/nwsmkr_50th.jhtml?id=153000032