Advocacy & Lobbying

Foundations can be a powerful voice. Find resources and information about how Foundations can participate in shaping public policy as well as guidance regarding the legal rules and limitations that apply to public and private foundations engaged in lobbying and other advocacy activities.

The month of August—when federal lawmakers return to their home districts and states—offers an ideal opportunity for members of Congress to hear directly from foundation constituents.
There are several proposals being considered in Congress that have significant implications for philanthropy and its effectiveness in addressing some of our most pressing challenges.
Private foundations and public charities, including community foundations, may meet with legislators and legislative staff, but must use caution when considering topics to discuss with legislators.
Meeting with a member of Congress or with congressional staff is an effective way to convey a message about a specific issue or legislative matter. Below are some suggestions for making the most of your visit.
The different ways you can contact your members of Congress.
During this webinar, participants will learn how to garner timely responses from their members of Congress using the Internet and social media.
This valuable resource guides foundations interested in becoming part of the national policy conversation and educating legislators about their impact in society.
Can a private foundation make a grant to a public charity that lobbies?
This list highlights some of the ways that private foundations and public charities (including community foundations) may engage in public policy without lobbying.
Tips on how grantmakers can legally participate in the political process.

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