This list highlights some of the ways that private foundations and public charities (including community foundations) may engage in public policy without 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.
In-Depth knowledge on Advocacy & Lobbying
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.
Tips on how grantmakers can legally participate in the political process.
IRS response to Council inquiry regarding private foundations engaging in advocacy and lobbying.
IRS document outlining lobbying issues of tax-exempt organizations.
An overview of the laws that govern what community foundations can and can't do regarding involvement in the public policy process.
An overview of the laws that govern what private foundations can and can't do regarding involvement in the public policy process.
This toolkit is designed for private foundations that want to educate and encourage their grantees about getting involved in civic and policy activities to increase organizational capacity and impact.
This toolkit is designed for community and public foundations that want to educate and encourage their grantees about getting involved in civic and policy activities to increase organizational capacity and impact.
How should the company foundation's grants and activities fit into the sponsoring company's efforts to develop strong relationships with government officials? Is it self-dealing for company lobbyists to mention the good works of the foundation?