Several organizations formed the NRC. These entities have a decade or more of direct experience collecting information from nonprofits concerning charitable receipts, fundraising practices, and/or grantmaking activities. The collaborating partners are:
Association of Fundraising Professionals
The AFP is an organization which surveyed members for an annual state of fundraising study from 2002 through 2010.
Certified Fund Raising Executive International
The CFRE International encourages research that helps fundraising professionals achieve the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice.
Association of Philanthropic Counsel
The Association of Philanthropic Counsel is an international professional association of consultants whose members survey nonprofit organizations as part of their services.
The Giving USA Foundation has published the Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy for more than 60 years.
The collaborative effort reduces the burden on charities, which receive fewer requests for survey participation. Survey respondents will form a panel over time, allowing for trend comparisons among the same organizations. This approach provides more useful benchmarking information than repeated cross-sectional studies.