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.
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 currently staffs a Communications Collaborative, a project of GIST, GCYF, and GIH. The Collaborative is a growing network of more than 50 grantmakers representing national and regional foundations interested in coordinating investments to build communications capacity in the field.