The agency charged with enforcing the California Political Reform Act has had a busy fall.
Our vibrant nonprofit sector owes much to individuals who have the vision and courage to lead with integrity, transparency, and vision. We lost two such leaders in the last few weeks.
For 501(c)(3) organizations, nonpartisan communication on policy issues, especially in an Election Year, can be a complex task. What you can and can’t say on issues that affect your community and speak to your mission often requires the careful navigation of federal tax law rules.
In the field of philanthropy, our sense of urgency seldom matches our sense of agency.
Of all the rich details in NCRP’s newest report, Families Funding Change: How Social Justice Giving Honors Our Roots and Strengthens Communities, the one that resonated with me most was the description that family foundations see social justice philanthropy as a “political third rail.”
Tell me if this sounds familiar: Strengthening a nonprofit’s capacity to influence public policy is a long-term investment, but one that is extremely effective. Despite being a common refrain, those studying nonprofits and their funding partners keep emphasizing how important it is to do more to build advocacy capacity, even for social change leaders.
Have you ever heard a foundation staff member, trustee or consultant warn of the risky waters for funding lobbying? I’ve heard this numerous times, which is why I’m excited about an excellent new resource to recommend to advocacy skeptics on what is allowed in clear, easily digestible language: the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative’s Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook.
On September 25, the IRS issued final regulations on the standards a private foundation must use when determining whether a foreign charity will qualify as a charitable organization under federal tax law. When making grants to foreign entities, foundations must make a good faith determination that the foreign organization is a charitable organization. Read to learn more about the new regulations.
This month’s compilation of notable articles and publications about the philanthropic sector focuses on how to leverage traditional media, general operating support, funding social justice, and more!
We’re often asked this question during trainings and technical assistance calls. To answer this question, we’ve just updated our State Lobbying Thresholds chart.