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Join Philanthropy Southwest

A vibrant network that believes in a thriving Southwestern U.S. through the power of collaborative philanthropy. 




About Philanthropy Southwest

Founded in 1949, Philanthropy Southwest is the most enduring association of grantmakers in the United States. We are the premier philanthropy serving organization in the Southwestern United States, with a membership that comprises thousands of foundation trustees and staff from hundreds of grantmaking organization across the region.

Our members believe that philanthropy is done best when done collaboratively and with excellence, and Philanthropy Southwest fosters a network across which our members generously help and support each other. Together, we work to empower philanthropy to drive meaningful impact on pressing regional issues.

Why Join Philanthropy Southwest?

We Cultivate Connections. Philanthropy Southwest brings together philanthropists, foundations and partners, fostering deep relationships to harness the power of a shared passion for social change. With a membership of thousands of foundation staff and trustees and more than from hundreds of grantmaking organizations across the Southwest, our base is large enough to provide diversity, and small enough to ensure personalized attention.

We Inspire Excellence. Philanthropy Southwest advances philanthropy as a profession, providing leadership to inspire forward thinking, promote ethical practice, and inform effective grantmaking. Our welcoming environment enables colleagues to comfortably exchange differing ideas, and share timely information, experiences, and expertise to advance and achieve their charitable missions.

We Actively Advocate. As the first philanthropy membership association in the United States, we provide strong leadership in affirming the value of philanthropy, promoting integrity, and advocating for a strong third sector. Philanthropy Southwest provides tailored data – including giving studies for the region, fosters interaction among the philanthropic, government and corporate sectors, and promotes policy that supports a strong and independent philanthropic sector.

We Serve Members. Philanthropy Southwest’s diverse membership encompasses diverse geographic locations, size and missions, including private, community, operating and corporate foundations, and corporate giving programs. Our dedicated staff deliver an immediate response to members’ needs, provide expert advice on governance and grantmaking issues, and we serve as a rich resource for learning through our extensive online resource library and myriad professional development and networking opportunities.

Become a Member

Philanthropy Southwest membership is open to foundations and donors who are committed to advancing the practice of philanthropy in the Southwest United States.  Our members include:

  • Private and family foundations
  • Corporate foundations and giving programs
  • Community and public foundations

Learn more about our member benefits here. 

To renew your membership, please fill out and submit the membership renewal form.

To apply for membership in Philanthropy Southwest, please submit:

  • A completed membership application
  • Current IRS determination letter
  • Most recent IRS Form 990 or 990-PF, including all schedules (Note: If your foundation has not yet filed a 990 or 990 PF, but has begun making grants, submit a statement detailing grant activity.)
  • Current list of board members

Please return completed membership packets to the address below or scan and email to Amy Askari.

Philanthropy Southwest
1910 Pacific Avenue, Suite 13500
Dallas, TX 75201

For questions regarding membership please email Amy Askari or call us at 214-740-1787.