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Revealing Indian Philanthropy

This reports analyzes the culture of philanthropy in India and the new role and philanthropy and India's economic development.

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IRS: Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors

In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.

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Philanthropists Across the Political Divide Must Work Together to Cure Extremism

The U.S. Capitol insurrection and the deeply politicized impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump put into sharp focus that America’s body politic is seriously ill. We are, in fact, contending with parallel pandemics. While our political malady may be less immediately deadly than the coronavirus, it could prove just as dangerous to our institutions, our civic life, and our nation’s long-term well-being.

Brief Overview of Civil Society Organizations in Mexico

This article from NGOSource explains authorization laws and regulations for civil society organizations in Mexico

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Is Perpetuity Too Long? Family Foundations Can Increase Impact With Sunset Dates

From the Family Foundation Advisor, this article reviews the sunset-vs.-perpetuity issue and considers the potential benefits of a sunset date, with the special considerations of small family foundations in mind.

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NY Times Opinion: White Supremacist Groups Don’t Deserve Tax Exemptions

The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., shocked many Americans with its unashamed and open embrace of white supremacist and Nazi ideology. It set off a passionate national discussion on how to best deal with racism and racist groups. There is an unconventional starting point: revoking the tax exemption of white supremacist groups.

DAFs, PRIs, L3Cs - Tools of Social Impact Investing

This paper from Americans for Community Development outlines an entirely different way to get a significant portion of the capital needed while providing a charitable deduction.

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Center for Court Innovation: Violence Prevention and Public Health Resources

A collection of podcasts and publications from the Center for Court Innovation.

2017 Cone Communications CSR Study

The 2017 Cone Communications CSR Study reveals one major takeaway for companies: consumers are no longer just asking, "What do you stand for?" but also, "What do you stand up for?" In today's tumultuous society, Americans expect companies to not only improve their business practices and invest in social issues that are aligned with the company, but to be a force for change in broader society. They want companies to stand up for important social justice issues and advance progress for the world at large - and this means doing business with entities that care and share their beliefs. The study, with benchmark data as far back as 1993, examines not only consumer attitudes, perceptions and behaviors around CSR, but also if and how companies should stand up for social injustices.

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Investing In The Future: Mission-Related And Program-Related Investments For Private Foundations

Helpful article published by Adler & Colvin summarizing the key differences between Mission-Related and Program-Related Investments for Private Foundations. The article also lays out many of the necessary legal and regulatory questions when determining if an impact investing strategy is appropriate for a given situation.