This chapter discusses the federal tax laws governing supporting organizations. As a result of the Tax Reform Act of 1969, private foundations receive considerably less favorable treatment under tax law than public charities. Supporting organizations are a hybrid of private foundations and public charities that generally enjoy more favorable tax treatment than private foundations because they are exempt from many of the excise taxes imposed on private foundations.
Collaboration is an effective way for foundations to increase their impact and engage a broader audience on a key issue. Whether your foundation partners with private sector, government, or even another foundation, philanthropy is uniquely positioned to fuel innovative strategies and improve alignment of investments to enhance collective impact around a shared mission.