Become a Member

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is a nonprofit membership association whose mission is to inspire effective philanthropy. Membership in GRANTMAKERS is available to any qualifying organization or individual whose primary purpose is grantmaking. Grants must be to multiple organizations or individuals. GRANTMAKERS is committed to providing members with networking, knowledge and professional development opportunities that meet member needs and add critical value to their work.



eligible organizations

  • Private grantmaking foundation
  • Private operating foundations endowed to operate programs and award grants determined by donor or governing body
  • Community foundations subsidized by endowments and a broad group of contributors
  • Corporate foundations
  • Corporations with a grantmaking program or organized giving program
  • Public foundations, charities or government entities whose principal purpose is grantmaking
  • Organized Giving Circles with a grantmaking program
  • Individuals with Donor Advised Funds
  • Any trust company or bank that manages charitable funds, trusts, or foundations that make grants for charitable purposes
  • If an organizations is both grantmaking and grantseeking, membership eligibility is contingent upon the GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington determination of the following:
    1. Grantmaking is primary to applicants’ mission
    2. Applicant operates a competitive grant program
    3. Applicant supports multiple qualified charitable organizations or individuals


In addition to our traditional membership categories, we offer an associate membership level for members who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Individuals living in Oregon or southwest Washington who are active members of eligible grantmaking organizations that make grants outside Oregon and southwest Washington
  • Philanthropy-serving organizations recognized by the United Philanthropy Forum and/or Council on Foundations
  • Individuals, groups of individuals, companies, and other potential members who are exploring the formalization of a grantmaking program (maximum: two-year associate membership before transitioning to a traditional membership level)

Membership Information Downloads

GOSW Membership Brochure

Membership Form

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Individual $400
<$100,000 $560
$100,000 – 199,999 $1,250
$200,000 – 499,999 $2,100
$500,000 – 999,999 $2,720
$1,000,000 – 2,999,999 $4,180
$3,000,000 – 4,999,999 $4,600
$5,000,000 – 9,999,999 $5,160
$10,000,000 – 14,999,999 $7,320
$15,000,000 – 24,999,999 $10,100
>$25,000,000 $11,500



The meetings and activities of the association shall not be used for soliciting grants, attempting to influence the grantmaking decision of members or to solicit for professional services. The foregoing is not intended to stifle networking, collaboration, or special programs offered to the membership by GOSW. It is intended to maintain a comfortable, respectful atmosphere in which professional relationships can be maintained. Therefore, discussions at meetings are to be considered “off  the record” unless explicitly stated.


Any person officially affiliated with the grantmaking program of a member organization or an organization eligible for membership may attend meetings and other activities of the association. Members are allowed to bring guests only when such guests would be eligible for membership.

Guiding Principles

We hold fast to a set of fundamental ideas as the underlying rationale for our work. These ideas are our conceptual foundation, our starting point, our guideposts. Click HERE to read Our Guiding Principles.