About Our Members

InterAction has more than 180 member organizations working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.  InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S. private voluntary organizations and partners identified as associate members. 

Members share common commitments that define their work

InterAction members:

• Foster economic and social development
• Provide relief to those affected by disaster and war
• Assist refugees and internally displaced persons
• Advance human rights
• Support gender equity
• Protect the environment
• Address population concerns
• Press for more equitable, just and effective public policies

InterAction membership is broad and inclusive

InterAction’s member organizations vary widely in size and scope but share an equal voice at InterAction. Some organizations are faith-based or faith founded and others are secular; some have staff on every continent and others work in only one country; still others focus their efforts on advocacy, public education and media education related to international issues instead of performing direct service. 

To encompass this wide range, InterAction defines development in the broadest sense. For our community, development includes health, education, economic opportunity, gender equity, climate change and the environment, sustainability, democracy and government, and human rights. 

The U.S. government, foundations and millions of individuals show their support for advancing human dignity and peace in the world through contributions to InterAction members totaling $13 billion a year. Members do not take lightly the trust placed in them by those who fund their work.  They manage their organizations with professionalism, transparency and accountability, and voluntarily adhere to professional standards and certify their compliance every two years.  

InterAction leverages the impact of its members

With the combined strength of its members InterAction is able to strategically advocate for U.S. government investments, policies, and programs that are responsive to the realities of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. When a disaster strikes, members are first-responders, and InterAction acts as a hub in these efforts.

InterAction’s advantage comes from the uniquely field and practitioner based expertise of its members. Participation in working groups, workshops, and training sessions allow organizations to explore common dilemmas and seek common solutions. Members also submit data on their program impact which InterAction uses as a basis for best practices and evidence-based public policy formulation.

NGO Aid Map provides an interactive tool that showcases members work in the Horn of Africa, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, on food security, and global health. InterAction’s blog highlights the latest news and trends in international development and humanitarian assistance. The organization’s policy papers publish consensus positions on the development policies such as conservation, country ownership, and implementation of presidential initiatives.

InterAction brings the values and experience of the NGOs into the broader development and humanitarian assistance community. Strategic partnerships further leverage InterAction’s political, intellectual, and financial capital. InterAction believes its future is one of strategic alliances.   

InterAction members are accountable and transparent

InterAction Regular members certify their transparency by adhering to comprehensive Private Voluntary Standards (PVO). The standards are a set of ethical guidelines developed to ensure accountability and transparency in financial management, fundraising, governance, and program performance. The standards are reviewed and updated by InterAction working groups to reflect the sector’s best practices. Regular members self-certify their compliance every other year.