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Membership Eligibility

The Gateway Center for Giving's Full Members are foundations, corporations, trusts, and donor-advised funds that give their time, talent, and treasure to benefit the community. 

The Gateway Center for Giving's Associate Members are wealth advisors, estate planners, and consultants that work with donors and nonprofits to increase the effectiveness of charitable giving.

While each of their missions is unique, our Members are united by a desire to increase the effectiveness of charitable giving and look to GCG for programs, information, and research to help them do more with their charitable giving. 

Full Membership Eligibility
Full Membership is open membership is open to organizations and their
representatives whose primary activity is the making of grants for charitable purposes. 

For the definitions about what types of grantmakers fall under the full membership category please click here.

Associate Membership Eligibility
The Gateway Center for Giving’s Associate Members are those for whom the majority of their business activity is providing services in support of effective grantmaking and nonprofit service delivery. The Associate Member organization, or their designated representative, must spend more than 50% of their time serving the sector.

These services include but are not limited to:
  • Evaluation and services for grantmakers and nonprofits;
  • Strategic planning for grantmakers and nonprofits;
  • Advising clients about best practices in philanthropic giving;
  • Financial management or financing for grantmakers and nonprofits.
Disqualifying factors include but are not limited to:
  • Vendors who provide or sell products to grantmakers and nonprofits;
  • Single source consultants for whom more than 80% of their business is one activity (i.e. vendors and technical consultants).
Final approval of applicant members is made by GCG's Engagement Committee and is based on the applicant's fit with the eligibility criteria stated above. GCG does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.

For more information about membership in the Gateway Center for Giving, please contact us at or 314-621-6220.
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