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How to become a member

Find out how to apply and become part of the GISF community.

Membership types

GISF’s membership comprises a range of humanitarian organisations. By this, we mean that they are all non-profit organisations that seek to improve lives and reduce suffering. We categorise our members as either ‘full’ or ‘associate’. While the joining criteria differ, both types have equal access to all aspects of GISF membership.

Full membership eligibility

Full membership is open to organisations that meet each of the following criteria:

Not for-profit non-governmental organisations, which:

Associate membership eligibility

Associate membership is open to organisations that meet each of the following criteria:

Not-for-profit organisations, which:

On being accepted as a Full or Associate Member

All organisations accepted for full or associate membership will:

  • agree to comply with the GISF information-sharing policy,
  • actively engage and collaborate with GISF Secretariat and other members,
  • promote good practice for security risk management within their organisation and across the broader relief and development sector.

Membership fees

To ensure the forum’s sustainability, we ask our members to pay an annual subscription fee. Our fee structure has 5 tiers based on organisations’ average annual incomes.

Annual IncomeMembership Fee (2023)
<EUR 5 millionEUR 345
EUR 5 million- EUR 15 millionEUR 690
EUR 15 million – EUR 40 millionEUR 1,390
EUR 40 million – EUR 100EUR 2,195
> EUR 100 millionEUR 2,920


Annual IncomeMembership Fee (2023)
<USD 5.2 millionUSD 365
USD 5.2 million – USD 15.8 millionUSD 730
USD 15.8 million – USD 43 millionUSD 1,465
USD 43 million – USD 105.2 millionUSD 2,310
> USD 105.2 millionUSD 3,075

Organisations with 4 or more ‘sister organisations’ as members of GISF are eligible for a 15% discount on their membership fee.

Any organisation joining after the first bi-annual forum will be charged 50% of the total fee.

At GISF, inclusivity is one of our core values. If you feel your organisation will be unable to pay the required fee, please email us to discuss options.

How to join

  1. Read through all the information provided below before applying.
  2. Contact a GISF Projects and Membership Officer if you have any questions before applying. You can contact either our UK-based or US-based officer.
  3. Complete the online application form. Remember to have contact details available for your two sponsoring organisations – who must be current GISF members.
  4. We’ll email you to let you know that we’ve received your application, and our Steering Group will review it.
  5. We aim to make a decision on your application within 8 to 12 weeks – you’ll receive this via email.
  6. If your application is successful, we’ll be in touch with all the necessary information to set you up.
  7. Welcome to the GISF network! You can now enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Download a PDF version of this page here: PDF Become a Member.

Useful documents

GISF Prospective Member Info Packet

GISF Terms of Reference

GISF Information Sharing Policy & Protocol

ICRC Code of Conduct

GISF Membership Application Form (preview only PDF)

Become a member

When you're ready, start your application form.

Application form