A club, organization, or group with a common bond, such as an alumni association, a fraternal order or a professional organization. Such groups sometimes offer their members a Visa or MasterCard with the group’s logo on it.
An affinity group is generally a collection of grantmakers who share a common grantmaking focus, such as arts or education. There are also affinity groups emerging with a professional focus such as evaluation or knowledge-management. Some affinity groups are loosely organized, others are independently incorporated and have staff. See the Professional Directory which lists affinity groups.
A coalition of grantmaker organisations or individuals and other interested people with a shared interest in a particular subject or funding area, that meets to exchange information, provide networking or professional development opportunities, or facilitate collaborative programs.
A separate and independent coalition of grantmaking institutions or individuals associated with such institutions that shares information or provides professional development and networking opportunities to individual grantmakers with a shared interest in a particular subject or funding area.