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MEMBERSHIP FAQs

Who in my organization can take advantage of membership in Catalist?

Everyone one of your members can take advantage of Catalist’s programs and “affiliate pricing” but Catalist only keeps the names of 20 leaders in your organization. (That’s because we don’t want to manage your entire database!) It’s up to your organization to pick 20 people who will take advantage of Catalist most – that’s usually enough to sign up your entire board, steering committee and/or staff. You can swap out names at any time as your leadership changes. Newsletters and announcements go to the 20, and then you can forward or copy into your own communications so the learning reaches your entire membership.

Can we join as we are starting up our new collective giving organization?

Yes, we offer an Emerging Membership for organizations just forming. Read more about it here.

Can I join Catalist as an individual?

No, membership is only available to collective giving organizations. But individuals are welcome at all our conference. We offer a non-member rate to individuals who are not a member of a Catalist Affiliate.

Does Catalist make grants?

No. If you are a grant seeker, please refer to the websites of each of our Affiliates. Each organization sets their own criteria and funding cycles.

How can I become a presenter for a webinar, conference or offer pertinent resources?

If you have content Catalist might like to share with members, please contact us. Make sure to provide how your expertise or information is relevant to our mission to support the creation, development and expansion of women’s collective giving.

What are the benefits to Affiliates?

Inspiration, tools, access to a brain trust of peers, and much, much more– read all about the benefits here!

Dues FAQs

1. What is the Catalist dues policy?
2. When are dues for returning member organizations renewed?
3. How much does my organization pay if we join as a new member mid-year?
4. Can I pay dues by credit card or by check?
5. Are dues tax deductible?
6. Can matching funds be applied toward dues?
7. What do membership dues pay for?
8. Are dues the only revenue for Catalist?
9. What is Catalist's budget?
10. If a host organization, like a Community Foundation, has more than one giving group in its portfolio, can they pay for one Catalist membership and include all of their collective giving groups?
11. If my organization joins off cycle (memberships begin July 1) will our dues be prorated?


1. What is the Catalist dues policy?
Dues must be paid in full by June 15. The Catalist Treasurer may grant an extension until September 15. Requests for extensions must be made by email to our Treasurer by May 15.  Member organizations should plan to pay dues for 2019-2020 by June 15, 2019.

2. When are dues for returning member organizations renewed?
Dues invoices are emailed around April 30 and are due by June 15 for the upcoming year. Catalist's fiscal year is July 1-June 30. Instructions for renewals are here.

3. How much does my organization pay if we join as a new member mid-year? 
We don't prorate dues. New members joining between July 1 and April 15 pay $200 for the current year. New members joining between April 15 and June 30 pay $200 dues to cover the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, but membership benefits are extended immediately. 

4. Can I pay dues by credit card or by check?
Dues payments must be made online using PayPal or a credit card. We are unable to accept checks for membership dues. 

5. Are dues tax deductible? 
If an individual pays dues on behalf of her organization, then the dues can be considered a donation and are eligible for a tax deduction to the extent of IRS guidelines. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $250 or more per IRS guidelines.

6. Can matching funds be applied toward dues? 
Matching funds will not be considered as a contribution toward dues. However, dues paid by an individual may be matched by an employer and the match will be considered as an unrestricted operating donation to Catalist. Donations toward operating costs are greatly appreciated! Contact us if you need information for your company's matching form. 

*Please note that the IRS ignores apostrophes so we are filed under "Womens Collective Giving Grantmakers Network" and our virtual organization is incorporated in Charlotte, NC. We are in the process of notifying the IRS of our name change to Catalist and donors may still find us under our former name as defined above.

7. What do membership dues pay for?
Dues pay for Catalist's modest operating expenses, such as website and communications fees, webinars, and conference support. 

8. Are dues the only revenue for Catalist?
In addition to Affiliate dues, we annually pursue additional revenue through corporate sponsorships and many companies have generously supported conferences.  Our board members make annual gifts and we gratefully accept donations.

9. What is Catalist's budget?
Catalist has a modest budget which is larger in conference years. Our Board of Directors operates as both a working board and a governance board and organizational operations are supported entirely by their volunteer efforts and one part-time administrator.

10. If a host organization, like a Community Foundation, has more than one giving group in its portfolio, can they pay for one Catalist membership and include all of their collective giving groups?

No. While a Community Foundation, or other fiscal sponsor or host, may have paid for an organization's Catalist membership, this dues payment funds only one group. The membership belongs to the organization which is identified in the applicant's profile at the onset, not the payee, and there is no option to add a second group.  

If additional groups affiliated with this host want to join Catalist, we would be happy to talk to them about membership.  

11. If my organization joins off cycle (memberships begin July 1) will our dues be prorated?

No, unless this is an Emerging Membership (read policy here). However, if a new Organization Membership is initiated between April 15 and June 30, dues cover the upcoming fiscal year AND also include immediate membership for the remainder of the current fiscal year. 



Catalist leads and mobilizes the women’s collective giving grantmaking movement
Contact Catalist  info@catalistwomen.org

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