Join us

Membership in the Colorado Association of Funders is open to the broad spectrum of funders with a verifiable giving program in the state of Colorado.

Members must carry out a broad mission of philanthropy with more than 50% of their organization’s grant allocations awarded to unrelated organizations or programs that support the greater nonprofit sector. Organizations that raise funds as well as make grants must agree not to use the association’s programs, activities or membership lists to solicit members for funding.

Membership Dues

Membership dues are based on the organization’s previous year discretionary grantmaking level. Members based outside of Colorado pay dues based on the amount of grants awarded within Colorado. Dues for members with less than one year of grantmaking are based on five percent of assets until one full year of grantmaking has been established.

2017 Dues Schedule Annual Dues
Grants up to $99,999  $545
Grants from $100,000 to $499,999  $685
Grants from $500,000 to $999,999  $1,635
Grants from $1,000,000 to $4,999,999  $2,415
Grants from $5,000,000 to $9,999,999  $4,115
Grants from $10,000,000 to $19,999,999  $6,025
Grants from $20,000,000 and up  $6,995

Membership is on a calendar year basis. Dues of new members are prorated based on the date of membership. Dues paid in excess of the minimum dues level may reasonably be reported as a grant rather than an administrative expense for purposes of completing Forms 990 or 990-PF. Upon request, a statement substantiation for dues paid on behalf of a member organization indicating the amount of the dues contribution that qualifies as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

To Apply

Please fill out membership-application and submit with appropriate supporting materials. Examples include:

  • IRS determination letter OR copy of filed Form 1023 (if no determination letter)
  • Financial statements from the most recently completed fiscal year (e.g. Form 990 or 990-PF)
  • A complete listing of grants awarded in the past fiscal year (if no Form 990 or 990-PF)
  • Annual report or similar publication (if available)
  • List of governing body members (if applicable)
  • Any other supporting materials you feel are appropriate to your application


We are happy to help you complete your application or compile the necessary forms and documents. For assistance or questions regarding the application process or for more information about membership in the Colorado Association of Funders, please contact:

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