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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.
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The Council supports recent efforts by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Services (IRS) to provide much-needed clarity on the political activities of tax-exempt organizations.
Advocacy and engagement with lawmakers is an essential part of preserving and strengthening philanthropy.
You may be aware of the federal laws and regulations that impact advocacy work, but did you know that states often have their own rules to be aware of? Foundations that engage in advocacy activity at the state and local level should understand the rule
Because the excise tax provision is a part of a single bill (the America Gives More Act), private foundations may express a position supporting the full bill under the self-defense exception. The Council is confident with this analysis.
The policy issues that impact philanthropy are wide-ranging.
Use our advocacy toolkit when communicating and meeting with your members of Congress. A meeting with your lawmakers in person, in your local communities, will help build a strong working relationship between lawmakers and your foundation.
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.