FavoriteWelcome to the first issue of our 25th anniversary year In this issue, we explore the intersection of law, philanthropy and justice. It includes a special retrospective look at 25 years of philanthropy in the law from James Goldston and Martin O’Brien. They reflect on two foundations who have worked at the cutting edge of law and social change – the Open Society Foundations and Atlantic Philanthropies. But as our guest editors, the Ford Foundation’s Nicolette Naylor and Baring Foundation’s David Sampson note ‘courtroom judgements are only part of the solution’ and philanthropic engagement must extend well beyond courts. Lorenzo Read more
FavoriteFoundations’ engagement in public policy has contributed to advances in society in areas from civil rights to consumer protections to public health. At the same time, and with greater intensity in recent years, the role of philanthropy in influencing policy has been the subject of scrutiny. And yet little data is available about how many foundations engage in efforts to influence public policy, why they undertake this work, and how they approach it. So CEP studied the perspective of foundation leaders across the country on this topic. This report seeks to provide foundation staff, leaders, and boards with data and Read more
FavoriteQuickly learn about foundations in this curated guide from the Council on Foundations which addresses: What is a charitable organization? What is a foundation? What is a private foundation? What is a public charity? Do charities pay taxes? What are some key differences between a public charity and a private foundation? What are some different kinds of private foundations? What are the different types of public charities? Are contributions made to foundations tax deductible?
FavoriteThe Council on Foundations is a membership organization that supports grantmakers in various aspects of foundation management. They supply basic information to help with understanding the general steps in starting a foundation.
FavoriteMastering Foundation Law: The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources is an annual subscription service through which subscribers receive a number of chapters per year working towards a full offering of around 40 chapters. The Compendium allows all subscribers, even those without legal training, to understand the laws impacting philanthropy. Each chapter delves into a separate topic of foundation law and is written by Council attorneys with contributions from other experienced attorneys. There will be a significant number of topics intended to benefit community and private foundations separately. The chapters also include tips for incorporating relevant law into your Read more
FavoriteThe legal staff at the Packard Foundation, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and Moore Foundation developed this free, first-of-its-kind resource, which covers the basic legal rules around what staff are allowed to fund and engage in at a private foundation. It takes less than an hour to complete and features “Maya,” a new program officer that leads participants through the course. Participants can also return to the training at any time for a refresher and click on the individual modules to refer back to specific topics. Three modules provide an overview of how lobbying laws apply to the work of private Read more
Favorite Foundations have an important role to play in advocacy. Both private and public foundations may participate in the advocacy arena – through funding of nonprofits or their own advocacy efforts. Essential Resources, advocacy dictionary, publication, factsheets.
FavoriteThis free (and fun) video resource covers the rules for private foundations related to working with government officials and ensure legal compliance, and takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. The training features “Maya,” a program officer that helps participants through the course in a way that reflects actual experiences. Participants can return to the training at any time for a refresher and click on the individual modules to refer back to specific topics.
FavoriteThis course covers the basic electioneering rules that apply to private foundations and public charities. Through this course, you will learn how to observe the IRS’ prohibition against electioneering when the grants you fund—or the activities you engage in as a staff member involve candidates or voters.
Favorite This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips. Our goal is to help foundations and their grantee partners understand how advocacy and lobbying leverages their grant dollars, strengthens their missions, and helps them shape positive policy change to benefit communities.
FavoriteThis study assesses the initial impact of the 2011 repeal of the Community Foundation Tax Credit in Michigan. The Council of Michigan Foundations commissioned the study with the hope of using the data to better understand the role of incentives in charitable giving and to leverage legislative support for community foundations.