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The Council on Foundations, a nonprofit membership organization for grantmakers, promotes and strengthensorganized philanthropy. The Council represents grantmakers, their concerns, and their interests to public policymakers, the media, and the general public. Membership includes almost 1,200 independent, operating, community, public and company sponsored foundations, corporate giving programs, trust companies and international foundations. Council programs help members achieve their charitable goals. The Council publishes Foundation News and Council Columns, bi-monthly and bi-weekly publications, respectively.

Council on Foundations, 1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036,  (202) 466-6512  (202) 466-6512 FAX: (202) 785-3926, Internet: http://www.cof.org

The Foundation Center, a service organization, functions as a source of information on foundations, their patterns of giving, and their fields of interest. The center maintains offices and libraries open to the public in New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Cleveland and collections in nearly 150 cooperating libraries throughout the country. It also provides a toll-free number for information of services and publications.

The Foundation Center, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 938, Washington, DC 20036, Toll-Free:  1-800-424-9836  1-800-424-9836 or  (202) 331-1400  (202) 331-1400 , Internet: http://fndcenter.org

Independent Sector (IS) is a nonprofit coalition of over 650 corporate, foundation, and voluntary organization members. The mission of IS is to create a national forum capable of encouraging giving, volunteering, and nonprofit initiative. Members receive information via Memo to Members, UPDATE, and the Government Relations Information and Action Bulletin. The IS Associates Program is a special category of affiliation for executives of local, state-wide, and regional organizations and active volunteer leaders.

Independent Sector, 1200 18th St. NW Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-8100 Internet: http://www.independentsector.org

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), a national, nonprofit organization, assists its members in advancing the interests of low- and moderate- income persons through the financing, development, and preservation of affordable housing. NCSHA acts as a national clearinghouse for information on state housing finance agencies (HFAs) and their programs and the use of the Low-Income Housing Credit. The Council holds an annual meeting and numerous workshops and publishes Washington Update and HFA Update.

National Council of State Housing Agencies, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 118, Washington, DC 20001,  (202) 624-7710  (202) 624-7710 FAX: (202) 624-7719, Internet: http://www.ncsha.org

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