Become a member

Join the Start Network

Registered charities with a commitment to internationally recognised humanitarian principles and standards are eligible to join the Start Network. Applications for membership of the Network are now closed. If you are interested in working with the Network, or in applying for membership of the Network at a later date, please get in touch with us below.

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Member benefits



An opportunity to influence the new global mechanisms being created by the Start Network.



Access to new business models and resources that are not ordinarily available to single organisations.



Opportunities to build the capabilities of your organisation, staff and systems.



Opportunities to collaborate and build effective partnerships globally.

José-Luis Barreiro García, ACF Country Director Colombia

  • What our members say
  • José-Luis Barreiro García, ACF Country Director Colombia

“We are modelling a new way of how to respond to emergencies. And we are demonstrating that we are better, we are faster than other funds, like country based humanitarian funds. The [Start] Fund demonstrates that we can start activities within one week and no other donor, at this moment, is able to do that in this kind of emergency. Another way of doing things is possible.” Speaking about the Start Fund and its response to the Columbia oil spill.

Application for membership

What happens next

  1. 1. Register interest and complete a full application
  2. 2. The membership committee shortlists applicants
  3. 3. Agreement by Board
  4. 4. Due diligence
  5. 5. New member on-boarding

How to apply

The deadline for membership applications has now passed. The date for the next application window will be announced here and on our other digital channels.

Membership applications will be evaluated on their own merits, and applications that are ‘sponsored’ by an existing Member will be preferentially evaluated, because it will imply a partnership to support and mentor the new organisation into the culture and activities of the Start Network. The sponsoring organisation will take some responsibility for helping the new organisation to join and maximise the benefits from Membership.

If your organisation is interested, your chief executive should submit a written statement in support of your application, outlining the contribution your organisation will make, and underlining your commitment to shared goals.

Additional pre-qualification criteria will be applied for access to the Start Fund, in line with donors’ due diligence considerations and legal requirements. Membership is for three years with an annual break clause.

Please register your interest in membership below.

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Submit your CEO Statement in the field provided or upload as a word document or PDF.