|Founded||October 18, 1976|
|Merger of||Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations and National Council of Philanthropy|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) nonprofit organization|
|Headquarters||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Services||National conference, public policy, and networking and member engagement.|
|Stephen B. Heinz|
|Subsidiaries||1620 IS LLC|
|Mission||To advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic community.|
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.
Daniel Cardinali 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|
- "Independent Sector". District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs". Government of the District of Columbia. Accessed on April 13, 2016.
- "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Independent Sector. Guidestar. December 31, 2014.
- O'Connell, Brian. Powered by Coalition: The Story of INDEPENDENT SECTOR. 1997.
- Daniel Cardinali, President and CEO, Independent Sector: Governance, Accountability, and the Charitable Sector. Foundation Center. http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/newsmakers/nwsmkr_50th.jhtml?id=153000032