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Topic: “Tax and Legal”

Advocacy and Lobbying by Private Foundations

Funders can engage in advocacy, can fund advocacy, and can encourage grantees to engage in advocacy, with exceptions involving lobbying and electioneering. The two types of lobbying are direct lobbying, communicating with legislators to express a view about specific legislation, and grassroots lobbying, asking the public to communicate with legislators to express a view about... Read More

A Foundation Sued by a Potential Grantee

The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) of Minnesota was sued in November 2002 by a potential grantee located in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. NWAF, a grantmaking foundation established in 1934, was organized to help communities throughout an eight-state region reduce poverty. It makes grants totaling approximately $18 million per year. Under its Community Ventures... Read More

Tips for Effective Meetings With Government Officials

This year’s Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) was hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in partnership with the Council on Foundations and Alliance for Charitable Reform. FOTH is a multiday event that brings foundation leaders from across the country to Washington, DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations... Read More

What’s Your “Type”? Complex New Regulations Highlight Importance of Supporting Organization Classification

For funders, especially private foundations, the federal tax rules governing supporting organizations can be important. Grants by private foundations to certain types of supporting organizations are subject to expenditure responsibility and may not be counted toward the private foundation’s annual 5% minimum distribution requirement. The complexity of the rules governing supporting organizations, updated on February... Read More