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Types of Membership

Regular Members: InterAction members are welcome to participate in all activities, including member events, working groups, retreats, and more, provided they maintain their eligibility status, adhere to InterAction Member Standards, and pay dues annually. See more information on our member benefits.

Associate Members: Associate members are eligible to participate in InterAction activities and are required to adhere to InterAction Associate Member Standards, but do not have voting rights. The following types of institutions are eligible to apply for associate membership: academic institutions with development or humanitarian programs, think tanks interested in foreign assistance, foundations that fund relief and development organizations, research institutions with an international focus, and international organizations.

Membership Eligibility

InterAction welcomes member organizations who share our values on topics such as partnership, humanitarianism, sustainable development, diversity, ethical practice, and gender equity. In addition, members must pay dues annually and meet the following criteria for regular or associate membership.

Eligibility Criteria

Regular Members:

Embody a philosophy that reflects InterAction’s values of partnership, humanitarianism, sustainable development, justice, diversity, ethical practice and gender equity.

Have an active, voluntary governing board that exercises independent oversight of the professional staff and finances.

Have clearly defined functions and programs with a primary focus on international development assistance, relief, migration, refugee assistance, human rights, environment and/or public education on such programs.

Demonstrate a high level of professional expertise and experience in implementing programs to accomplish organizational objectives.

Have tax-exempt status under section 501(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and have received such status at least two years prior to membership application.

Operate on the basis of a detailed annual budget approved by the organization’s governing board and publish an annual statement of the organization’s finances, income and expenditures audited and certified by an independent certified public accountant.

Certify compliance with InterAction’s Standards through Self -Certification Plus, or provide compelling reasons for noncompliance, in which case the organization must (1) indicate the duration of noncompliance and (2) take steps to come into compliance.

Associate Members:

Embody a philosophy which reflects InterAction’s values of partnership, humanitarianism, sustainable development, justice, diversity, ethical practice, and gender equity.

Have an active, and informed board of directors or governing body that exercises independent oversight of the professional staff and finances.

Have clearly defined functions with a substantial focus in support of international development assistance.

Have tax-exempt status under section 501 (a) or, a state college or university, Section 170 (c) (1) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, if non U.S. based, Certificate of registration as a non-profit entity and have re­ceived such status at least two years prior to membership application.

Operate on the basis of detailed budget approved by the highest governing body and publish an annual statement of the organization’s finances, income, and expenditures audited and certified by and independent certified public accountant.

Does not meet specific standards in InterAction’s Standards due to operational or governance structure.

Membership Dues

InterAction members are assessed dues annually based on their expenses in the most recent year as reported on Internal Revenue Service 990 submissions or other financial information, such as audited financial statements. Membership dues represent approximately 25 percent of InterAction’s total operating budget. Please review our dues policy.

Application

A membership application can be submitted at any time. Applications are reviewed by InterAction staff and the Membership and Standards Committee of InterAction’s Board of Directors three times a year. The 2020 deadlines to submit an application for InterAction membership are March 12, July 1, and October 29. Full details are available in the Member application packet.