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Policy Issue: Johnson Amendment

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United Philanthropy Forum supports the continued full enforcement of current law that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities—also known as the “Johnson Amendment.” See our position and resources on this issue. 


With New Name & Vision, United Philanthropy Forum Leads a New Network to Advance Philanthropy

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WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2017) — United Philanthropy Forum, formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, has unveiled a new name and new visual identity to reflect a transformed organization.

“The Forum is creating a new kind of philanthropic network to lead change and


In Today's Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks are More Vital Than Ever

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I recently attended a conference hosted by The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), where the session discussions and hallway conversations all made it clear that many foundation leaders right now are concerned with how they can have a stronger voice and greater impact in today’s complex, changing, and uncertain times. It is also clear to me that philanthropy cannot respond to this concern without the leadership of philanthropy associations and networks – philanthropy’s infrastructure.


A Critical Moment for the 2020 Census and Why Philanthropy Should Care

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Lost this week amid the flurry of news about the firing of FBI Director Comey was the abrupt resignation of the director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau is facing major budget constraints and operational challenges that threaten its ability to conduct a fair and accurate census count in 2020, which is bad news for philanthropy and our country.

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Beyond Traditional Scholarships

This policy brief examines creative scholarship models that meet the needs of underserved students, often by moving beyond monetary aid in the direction of wrap-around student supports. While continuing to provide financial relief for income-qualified students, a number of these programs couple academic supports along with financial assistance in order to address non-monetary needs that often impede completion.


FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit

FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit prepares Florida Philanthropic Network members to educate on issues affecting Florida grantmakers; encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues; and connect with grantmakers from outside Florida and learn how they are approaching policy in their home states. FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit includes a one-pager and expanded sections like, Why are we here?Co-Investors in the Community (Key Issues) and Being Social at FOTH. The 2018 Toolkit also introduces FPN's Advocacy Libs – fill-in-the-blank templates to help craft messaging for elected officials on key issues!