How To Apply

InterAction has two membership categories: Regular Members and Associate Members. All Regular Members must be exempt from taxation under Section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, their missions must be consistent with InterAction's mission, and they are required to pay established annual dues.

U.S.-based Associate Members must be exempt from taxation under Section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Associate Members based outside of the U.S. must have a certificate of registration as a nonprofit entity in the country of their origin, their missions must be consistent with InterAction's mission, and they are required to pay established annual dues.

Membership applications and related materials may be submitted at any time. Applications are reviewed by staff and the Membership and Standards Committee of InterAction's Board of Directors once each quarter according to the calendar below. Applications approved for consideration are then presented for a vote during the next board meeting. This process may take as long as three months.

A full description of the InterAction regular membership application process can be found in the Joining InterAction brochure. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements established by InterAction members and the board of directors. The Regular Membership Application Form must be accompanied by a set of required materials related to the applying organization's governance and legal status as well as three letters of recommendation from current InterAction members. Applicants are notified of their membership status one week after the next quarterly board meeting. Member dues are prorated in the first year, based on when the membership application was accepted.

Associate Members: Are eligible to participate in most activities, but do not have voting rights. These organizations share InterAction's values of partnership, humanitarianism, sustainable development, justice, diversity, ethical practice, and gender equity, but are not solely focused on these issues.

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
  • Religious institutions that advocate for humanitarian and development issues
  • Foundations that fund relief and development organizations
  • Research institutions with an international focus
  • International organizations

Associate category applicants must meet associate member eligibility requirements established by InterAction members and the Board of Directors. The Associate Membership Application Form must be accompanied by a set of associate member required materials related to the applying organization's governance and legal status as well as three letters of recommendation from current InterAction members. Applicants are notified of their membership status one week after the next quarterly board meeting. Associate member dues are prorated in the first year, based on when the membership applications was accepted.

Questions about the InterAction membership application process should be directed to Kellie Peake in the Membership and Standards office.

Required Regular Membership Application Materials

  • A completed member application form
  • A copy of your organization’s bylaws
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • IRS Letter of Tax-Exempt Status
  • Current year’s budget as approved by your organization's board of directors
  • A signed copy of the PVO Standards Review Form
  • Letters of recommendation for membership written by three InterAction member CEOs, on their letterhead
  • Your most recent annual report
  • Your most recent audited financial statements

Required Associate Membership Application Materials

  • Completed application form
  • Organizational documents, such as:
    • Bylaws or other governance document
    • If U.S.-based: Articles of Incorporation  and IRS Letter of Tax-Exempt Status
    • If based outside of the U.S.: Certificate of registration as a nonprofit entity
  • Most recent annual report
  • Associate Member  PVO Standards Review Form
  • Most recent financial report
  • Current year's budget, as approved by the highest governing body
  • Three letters of recommendation from current InterAction member CEOs, on their letterhead

 

2017 Application Schedule

Application Submission Deadline Membership and Standards Committee review of prospective member applications Board of Directors review and vote on prospective member applications
January 18, 2017 TBD March 13, 2017
April 26, 2017 TBD June 19, 2017
Third Application Deadline TBD TBD TBD