What We Do

Throughout the year, GIST holds several grantmaker briefings on important developments related to poverty, income security and asset development.Host Grantmaker Briefings
Throughout the year, GIST holds several grantmaker briefings on important developments related to poverty, income security and asset development. These meetings include presentations by leading national thinkers, practitioners, and advocates, as well as special strategy sessions for grantmakers to discuss how to advance their work both individually and collectively. Annual meetings include a Budget and Tax Briefing for Grantmakers in late February/early March and a Policy Briefing for Grantmakers in late Fall. Additional activities are scheduled as needed to respond to emerging opportunities or needs. These may include virtual meetings (audio conferences or webinars), developing working papers on topics of interest, and continuing to attend and make presentations at meetings of other grantmaker affinity groups.

Promote On-going Networking and Information Sharing
GIST maintains a website, listserv, and email list so that grantmakers can regularly share information, ideas, strategies and best practices among themselves.

Collaborate with other Grantmaker Affinity Groups
GIST is a recognized affinity group of the Council on Foundations. We collaborate with other grantmaker affinity groups organized around more narrowly focused segments of income security issues, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and asset development. In addition, GIST brokers relationships with grantmakers in other fields whose work has important implications related to poverty, income security and asset development, including: