Return to Membership Information State Council Membership - Benefits, Criteria, and Details

CIC serves statewide consortia that raise funds for, and coordinate collaborative programs among, independent colleges and universities.​


Benefits for CIC State Councils in the network include:
  • Grants to Support Initiatives
    • Capacity-Building Grants—for fundraising initiatives that attract new donors and gifts.
    • Scholarship Challenge Grants—to generate new and additional support for scholarships.
    • First Opportunity Venture Fund—supports multi-college programs that increase access to colleges by students from underserved populations.
    • National Venture Fund—supports statewide, innovative programs.
    • UPS Scholarships—provides each CIC State Council with a scholarship for a student at each of its member colleges and universities.
  • CIC State Councils Endowment—supports the grants to CIC State Councils for programs and student scholarships.
  • Annual Conference—provides State Councils with a forum for face-to-face networking, professional development, and opportunities to share best practices.
  • Technical Support—CIC staff provides advice and support for each State Council’s fundraising activities.
  • State Council Community Site/Listserv—an online community through which to conduct discussions, share documents, and announce events. Also available is a listserv for the State Councils.
  • Annual Surveys and Benchmarking Reports—To assist State Councils through assembly of comparative data, CIC conducts annual surveys of State Fund Members’ operations and gift income and membership satisfaction. Customized benchmarking reports on gift income are available upon request.
  • Making the Case—State Councils enjoy access to CIC’s website, which include statistics, graphs, articles, and speeches that assist members in making the case for independent higher education.
  • Reduced Registration Fees—Members receive discounts on registration fees for CIC’s Presidents Institute and other events, as well as on membership in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


Each CIC State Council is a nonprofit (501(c)3 IRS status) consortium that generates financial resources for, and coordinates beneficial collaboration program among, its member independent colleges and universities. These consortia joined CIC following the merger of CIC and the Foundation for Independent Higher Education in 2010. They are expected to be active in the State Councils network, seek support for their member colleges (particularly in the area of raising scholarship funding), coordinate collaborative programs, and pay annual dues to CIC.


Annual dues of State Councils are calculated based on the State Council’s number of member colleges and universities. For the 2017–2018 year, the dues are $625 per member institution.

To Apply

Membership as a CIC State Council is awarded to only one consortia per state. CIC is willing to consider letters of application from 501(c)3 independent college fundraising consortia in states not currently represented among CIC’s current State Councils, based on the core criteria noted above. Any letters of inquiry or application should be directed to the director of state council programs at CIC.