External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

501(c)(3)s and Public Policy Violation: A Fresh Look at Doctrine

Bob Jones University recently announced that it will regain its tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status on March 1, 2017. The University lost its tax exemption more than 30 years ago in a landmark Supreme Court case, Bob Jones University v. United States, 461 U.S. 574 (1983), due to racially discriminatory policies that it had at the time. This case is best-known for the adoption of the “Public Policy Doctrine” in the context of Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, which is getting debated these days in the context of same-sex marriage.

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Global Philanthropy Report

This report prepared by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government examines the magnitude, vitality, and impact of global institutional philanthropy.

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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How Community Foundations Can Use the Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive for Community Development?

Learn about options community foundations can take to use the Opportunity Zone incentive to support their mission.

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European Philanthropy at the Nexus of Disability and the SDGs

This publication, jointly developed by Fundación ONCE and the European Foundation Centre, focuses on how the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a framework for foundations to develop their action on disability inclusion.

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Mission Possible: Emerging Opportunities for Mission Connected Investment

From the New Economics Foundation, Mission Possible considers how foundations might more effectively use a proportion of their endowment in support of the change they set out to create – their mission. Starting from the premise that paths are made by walking, it explores the potential of ‘mission-connected investment’ or MCI – defined as investment which promises a market return but also helps to achieve mission.

SPLC 2020 Year in Hate and Extremism Report

The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual Year in Hate and Extremism report, identifying 838 active hate groups across the United States in 2020.

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National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention: Strategic Planning Toolkit for Communities

This Toolkit was developed to support cities in developing youth violence prevention plans by building partnerships, taking an inventory of local resources and assets, and designing strategies, based on local data, that address the nature of youth violence and its causes. The goal is to create a multi-year plan that continues to guide the city’s efforts after the implementation phase begins.

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.

Grantmakers and Governments: The Possibilities of Partnership

While both governments and philanthropic organizations are committed to community investment, the two sectors do no often partner on projects. This paper is intended to help philanthropic funders understand more about the context for working with government in Canada, as well as the opportunities and challenges they may encounter if they intend to work with government at any level.