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Membership Criteria & Instructions for Application

The Inland Empire Funders Alliance is a collaborative network of organizations with significant formal grantmaking activities in the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that have joined together to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration. The mission of the Funders Alliance is to advance equity, advocacy, and systemic change in the Inland Empire by uplifting the region’s assets and opportunities, and leveraging resources for impact.

Membership Eligibility

  • The Funders Alliance welcomes membership of organizations engaged in the ongoing provision of grants, program investment, or volunteer hours exceeding $25,000 annually to community-based nonprofits and/or public agencies in the two-county region. Investments may include:
  • Grant dollars to nonprofit organizations in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
  • Employees’ board service and pro-bono skill-based volunteering to nonprofits in the region
    In-kind or pro-bono business services provided to nonprofits in the region

Member organizations must designate as primary representative to the Funders Alliance a high-level administrator (e.g. CEO, VP, etc.) or regional program officer of the institution/department who possesses decision making authority regarding funding activities in the region (subject to approval of their governing body).

  • The representative is highly encouraged to attend bimonthly member meetings and serve on an Action Team or committee, but this is not a requirement to be a member in good standing.
  • The primary representative may designate colleagues from their institution to participate on specific Funders Alliance projects or Action Teams. This is intended to provide professional and leadership development opportunities for rising philanthropic professionals. Grantmaking staff, advisors, consultants, or board members may be included in this way.

Member Dues Calculation

All member organizations must pay dues on a sliding scale based on their self-reported contributions in the region as defined above. Membership payments will be due annually, and can be made in up to four payments over a year. The Inland Empire Funders Alliance is fiscally sponsored by the Inland Empire Community Foundation, and is tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3) (EIN 33-0748536). Dues may be reported as a grant or sponsorship. Payment may be submitted following your application.

In addition to dues, IEFA members have the opportunity throughout the year to participate in learning opportunities, collaborative funding projects and to sponsor specific IEFA initiatives. Sponsorships and grants designated for specific events or activities will not count toward members’ annual dues requirements unless otherwise specifically indicated by IEFA. All membership, sponsorship, and collaborative funding contributions will be appropriately recognized.

You may also download a pdf application here.

Membership Application

You may also download a pdf application here.

Applicant Information

Type of Organization

Type of Organization(Required)

Dues Calculation

As a nonprofit member association, dues comprise only a portion of our revenue. We welcome you to add a voluntary contribution to your total.


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Action Teams

Are you interested in participating on an IEFA Action Team? If so, please indicate which one(s).
(Read more on the Leadership/Structure page about Action Team participation)
Action Teams
Collaborative Grantmaking Initiatives Action Team: Provides oversight, leadership, and decision-making related to implementation of collaborative grantmaking initiatives to advance equity, advocacy, and systemic change. Current active initiatives are the Black Equity Fund, a trust-based philanthropy partnership with the Inland Empire Black Equity Initiative raising $5 million over 2 years to support Black-led and -empowering organizations in addressing systemic barriers to racial equity in the region; and the Redistricting Pooled Fund, which seeks to increase community engagement in current electoral redistricting processes.

Leveraging Investments Action Team: Develops tools and methods to increase the collective impact of philanthropy in the Inland Empire. These include mapping members' past and present current giving, connecting communities of interest, identifying potential priority areas, and providing insights into future opportunities for impact.

Authorized Signature

By signing below, I certify that my organization meets the eligibility criteria for membership in the Inland Empire Funders Alliance. The prior year information above is correct to the best of my knowledge.
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