(This article was adapted from a public letter announcing the new name of the largest philanthropy network.)
For those of you who weren’t able to attend the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers’ 2017 Annual Conference this year, the Forum has revealed its new name — United Philanthropy Forum — and a new visual identity to reflect a transformed organization.
The organization changed its name and identity to more accurately reflect both the new organization that they have become today and the aspirations they share for a more united philanthropy field in the future. The new identity reflects the network’s longtime spirit of generosity, inclusive nature and passion for the common good.
For the past 18 years, the Forum has led a vibrant membership network of 33 regional philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) working to advance, inform and support philanthropy. Over the past two years, the Forum engaged in a collaborative and iterative visioning process, in full partnership with our national philanthropy partner organizations, to crystallize the Forum’s role in the philanthropy field. As a result, the Forum has implemented a new vision to be the place where philanthropy’s infrastructure comes together, integrating regional PSOs’ deep regional roots and connections with national PSOs’ deep content knowledge and reach in a more comprehensive and strategic way.
This past January the Forum opened its membership to national PSOs. In just the first six months under this new membership structure, the Forum has nearly doubled its membership, welcoming 27 new member organizations to its network. To date, the Forum network is comprised of 60 regional and national PSOs representing more than 7,000 foundations and other philanthropic organizations—making it the largest network serving philanthropy in America.
You can learn more about our new name and identity here: