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. In addition to educating lawmakers in Washington, D.C., communicating the impact locally is just as important! Here are some ways your organization can spread the word about the correlation between philanthropy and thriving communities.
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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People have trouble remembering facts, but they never forget a good story. Effective constituent stories have proven to be the most effective tool in educating and influencing your lawmakers. Learn how to organize and present your story through a variety of tactics.
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. This document contains some general guidelines to consider prior to visiting 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.
This webinar covered effective ways of communicating with 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. It offers advice on scheduling a meeting with a member of Congress; format options for those meetings; sample letter, fax, and e-mail formats; and more.
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. Public charities have further flexibility and may engage in lobbying activities not described below.
As organizations that seek to do good, community foundations understand the problems and needs in their communities and address these needs by raising funds and awareness. However, beyond grantmaking and charitable opportunities, you can benefit your community—as well as the charitable field—by participating in the public policy process. In this article, you will learn the basics of public policy and how your community foundation can get involved in the process.