Become a Member

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Welcome to the TAG Network

The Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) is the voice of technology in global philanthropy and you are invited to join our community. By becoming a TAG member, you’ll have access to a network of technology and operations leaders at community, corporate, family, and private grantmaking organizations.

TAG Welcomes Three Types of Members

TAG is the only open membership association for technology professionals working in philanthropy. Your membership provides access to invaluable educational opportunities and knowledge exchange. Details for each type of membership are described below.


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How Membership Works

A Focus on Philanthropy

Individuals employed at foundations, public charities, and nonprofits are invited to become members of TAG. Additionally, for-profit organizations with a dedicated focus to technology in philanthropy are invited to join as an “Associate Organization” member.

Organizational Membership

TAG membership is by organization which means that only one dues payment is necessary for your entire organization. The number of members who may join from your organization is unlimited. 

Payment is Due Annually

TAG members pay dues annually. The renewal process is initiated in January and members have until March 15 to renew their membership.

 New Members

  • January 1 – August 31: New members will pay the annual membership dues for the calendar year in which they join and will renew their dues the following year by March 15.
  • September 1 – December 31: New members will pay the annual membership dues when they join and will be able to renew the following year.

For example: If your organization joins TAG in August 2024, you will pay dues in 2024 and again in March 2025. If your organization joins TAG on September 2, 2024, you will pay dues in 2024 and not again until 2026.

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Membership Benefits


TAG is a private community of IT leaders, staff, and partners at foundations throughout the world including:

  • Community Foundations
  • Corporate Foundations
  • Family Foundations
  • Private Foundations


Known as the capstone event in philanthropy tech, the TAG conference attracts foundation and nonprofit leadership, staff, and partners throughout the globe to a private event for networking and collaboration.

Knowledge Exchange

Membership includes access to the following opportunities for exchange and collaboration:


Amazon Web Services Program

Through TechSoup,TAG members and their grantees are eligible to receive up to $2000 annually in AWS credits—plus free training and technical support. Learn more at TechSoup.

Idealware Training

TAG members receive 15–25% off all Idealware training courses. Idealware is a nonprofit that provides resources to help nonprofits use technology for better social impact.

Submittable Discount Program

As a proud partner of TAG, Submittable offers 10% off to all TAG foundation members. Submittable is an award-winning grants management platform that helps funders make better decisions and maximize impact. Reach out and note your TAG membership. 

Microsoft Open Charity Program

Foundation members are eligible for the Microsoft Open Charity Program administered by TechSoup as well as discounted hardware and software from many other vendors. Learn more.

Professional Development

TAG members are invited to participate in our Emerging Leaders Initiative, either as a mentor or a participant of the program.

Learn more about the Emerging Leaders Initiative.

Technology Surveys

TAG regularly conducts surveys of grantmakers and the sector at large. The survey data is shared in detail with members and in summary to the sector.

View the 2022 State of Philanthropy Tech survey results.

“TAG has members that are curious thinkers and solvers that want to get out ahead of where we are today, as well as leaders and doers in the space now.”

Jonathan Mergy

Membership Dues & Pricing

The 2023 dues for each membership type are listed below.
NOTE: Membership dues increase annually at a rate of 3%.

Foundation Membership

Membership dues for foundation members are based on the foundation’s asset size.


Foundation Asset Size TAG Dues
< $25 million $273
$25 million–$250 million $500
$250 million–$500 million $942
$500 million–$1 billion $1,339
> $1 billion $5,000

Sector Steward

Invest in sector-wide programs including support for the Emerging Leaders Initiative and TAG Conference Scholarships designed to bring smaller community and family foundations to the annual conference.

TAG Dues: $10,000

Institutional Member

TAG is anchored by institutional members who invest in our ability to build the field of philanthropy and steward long-range initiatives.

TAG Dues: $25,000

Nonprofit Membership

Membership dues for nonprofits and public charities are based on the organization’s operating budget.


Current Year Operating Budget TAG Dues
< $2 million $216
> $2 million $386

Associate Organizations

For-profit vendor organizations who provide technology products or services to foundations and nonprofits shall be eligible to participate asAssociate Organizations”. These members are often called partner / provider members.

NOTE: Associate Organization members are eligible to participate in TAG activities, except where noted otherwise. They are not eligible to serve in leadership positions within TAG.

Fees for consulting and partner / provider organizations are based on the organization’s gross revenue.


Prior Year Gross Revenue TAG Dues
< $250,000 $670
$250,000–$1 million $953
$1 million–$5 million $1,906
 $5 million–$50 million $3,039
> $50 million $5,150

Join Mailing List Only

If you do not wish to pay membership dues and have full membership benefits, please select this option to join TAG’s mailing list. You will be kept informed about TAG’s events and activities but will not have full access to the web site or be able to participate in most of TAG’s activities.

Payment Options

You can pay membership dues online or send a check made out to “Technology Association of Grantmakers, Inc.” for the appropriate payment amount to:

Technology Association of Grantmakers
200 W. Madison Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

The Technology Association of Grantmakers is a 501 (c) (3), 509 (a) (2) public charity.


Pro Bono Membership

In March 2009, TAG’s Board adopted a Pro Bono Membership Policy. The Policy states that TAG will provide a Pro Bono Membership to organizations who provide TAG with a comparable membership value in exchange for TAG membership or organizations that due to extraordinary circumstances, can not afford the TAG membership fee, and whose staff provide exemplary service and value to TAG.

Pro Bono Memberships will be reviewed and awarded annually at the discretion of the TAG Board on a case-by-case basis. In addition, a TAG member organization in good standing at TAG may sponsor another TAG member organization. If your organization is interested in applying for the Pro Bono Membership, please reach out to us.