Our Mission

To strengthen the operational and management capacity of organizations in the global NGO community through effective collaboration, practical solutions, professional development, and advocacy.

What We Do

InsideNGO is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community that are working together to achieve global impact. We provide training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help our members build their operational and management capacity.

For almost 40 years, InsideNGO has been “inside” the NGO community, working in partnership with the core professionals who provide the structure and expertise that their NGOs need to deliver on their mission.

Training & Learning

More than 7,000 participants benefit annually from InsideNGO’s 100+ national and international workshops and webinars in the areas of USAID compliance; finance, grants, and contracts; human resources; organizational effectiveness; and project management. Our annual conference, a members-only event, provides two-and-a-half days of learning and networking every July.

Peer-to-Peer Exchange

Our strength is in our members. We offer over 30 peer roundtables annually, free to members, where functional area practitioners come together to discuss mutual topics of interest. We also regularly convene events for senior leaders, such as our quarterly COO and CFO Forums, and seminars on hot topics in development. In our virtual Member Community, members can ask and answer questions, as well as share relevant resources and practical tools through our online discussion boards, resource library, and member contact lists.

Sector Expertise and Advocacy

We recognize the value that strong operations units bring to NGOs. We have a deep expertise in functional areas such as finance, grants, and contracts; human resources; IT; and legal. We also rely on our members to share their knowledge. We conduct regular surveys on HQ and expat compensation and benefits, indirect costs, software use, and spot surveys on topics in the NGO sector. We also advocate on behalf of our members, representing their views and priorities to key funders—especially the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What Members Say About Us

"The connections I have made through InsideNGO, with colleagues who do similar work, is a terrific asset. I can reach out to them and say “How are you handling this situation that USAID has presented us with?” Or sometimes it’s an operational challenge. If there is a civil war going on, how are you moving money around in the country or are you?" Doug Horner, VP Awards, Compliance & International Operations, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

“While it's possible to find information on staff salaries and benefits in non-profit organizations, InsideNGO is the only organization I know that focuses exclusively on international development organizations, making the results completely relevant.” Darcy Wertz, Director of Operations, Solidarity Center

Links to Industry Partners

We partner with industry service providers who are recommended by our members and deeply committed to the NGO community.

Learn more about membership with InsideNGO.