The Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) is a national network of grantmakers interested in improving the economic well-being of low-income families in the United States. Established in 1992, GIST operates as an umbrella group for participating funders and philanthropic advisors, providing a neutral forum for strategic discussion and acting as a vehicle to encourage co-investment among foundations and facilitate
cooperation among grantees on high priority issues.

Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce
GIST leadership provided by:

GIST helps funders and philanthropic advisors:

  • Deepen their understanding of the cross cutting issues of poverty and economic
    opportunity, support for low-wage workers, and adequate public resources;
  • Keep abreast of policy developments, advocacy strategies, cutting-edge ideas and communications innovations that support effective grantmaking;
  • Work collaboratively to support policies and program initiatives; and
  • Strengthen philanthropic investments aimed at alleviating poverty and providing opportunity for all families to achieve economic stability.

GIST also provides a neutral platform for funders to convene and has the capacity to staff and incubate working groups.

  • GIST Mapping Project
    With guidance from an advisory group, GIST has developed an online mapping tool and a companion analysis to help illustrate to funders where investments are being made in policy, advocacy and communications work in the states, and to help foster connections across these efforts. There are 44 national networks and 1,361 state policy and advocacy groups currently represented on the map. 
  • The EITC Fund
    To help improve the efforts to protect current and create new state EITCs, the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) and the EITC Funders Network administer and oversee The EITC Rapid Response, Campaign and Policy Development Fund. The three funds are guided by an advisory group, supported by two national funders and administered by GIST and the EITC Funders Network in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Hatcher Group. To date, $954,000 has been awarded to 20 state networks in rapid response funds, $900,000 has been awarded to five state networks in policy development funds and $150,000 has been awarded to three state networks in campaign funds.
  • Communications Collaborative
    GIST currently staffs the Communications Collaborative, a network of nearly 50 grantmakers representing national and regional foundations interested in coordinating investments to build communications capacity in the field.
  • Budget Working Group
    The Budget Working Group is a joint affinity group effort formed in early 2016 that brings together funders from the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Peace and Security Funders Group, and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation's Money in Politics Working Group who are interested in exploring the unequal dynamics of wealth, power and influence in America through the lens of the federal budget. The goal is to enrich grantmaking strategies and connect learning across grant-making silos.