Who Can Join?

In order to be eligible for membership, an organization must meet specific criteria and pay established dues. InterAction has two membership categories, our InterAction members and InterAction associate members. Associate members are eligible to participate in InterAction 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, foundations that fund relief and development organizations, research institutions with an international focus and international organizations. 

InterAction members and associate members eligibility criteria

  • Embody a philosophy that 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 and programs with a substantial focus in support of 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, research or advocacy 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. Associate members must 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 a detailed annual budget approved by the organization’s governing board or highest governing body 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 PVO Standards through Self Certification Plus in a reporting year. (Does not apply to associate members)
  • Must pay established dues according to the InterAction dues policy