Grants to Non-Charities

May corporate grantmakers make grants to units of government such as public schools or local parks departments?
Outlines the difference between making grants through direct-giving programs and corporate foundations.
May a private corporate foundation or corporate giving program make a grant to a newly-established charity that has not yet received its IRS tax exemption letter?
Generally, there is no legal restriction against making grants to churches, synagogues, mosques or other religious institutions. But there are some things foundations interested in such grantmaking should know.
Americans may disagree about various aspects of war, but there is broad support for helping the men and women who are fighting in wars and the families they have left behind.
Making grants to government entities is much easier than most foundation boards realize. Indeed foundations all across the country have made grants to school boards, government commissions and federal agencies.
Legal issues arise when a private foundation makes a grant to an Initial Grantee that is not a 501(c)(3) organization or that re-grants the Foundation's funds to a Secondary Grantee that is not a 501(c)(3) organization.
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