A broad, nationwide coalition of 501(c)(3) organizations, made up of charitable nonprofits, including religious institutions, philanthropy serving organizations, and foundations, delivered a clear message to Congress: maintain the current law that protects nonprofit organizations from being hounded for partisan political contributions and endorsements.
Public Policy Resources
Template letter to send to your Member of Congress to thank them for a meeting.
Find out how you can be a part of FOTH on social media and share your own experience with important hashtags, tips for how to live report from FOTH and your Hill Meetings and sample tweets.
Talking points to address census appropriations for FY 2017 and FY 2018 in the skinny budget proposed by the Trump Administration. These talking points are helpful for informing members of Congress, their staff, and coalition partners about what’s at stake with this budget proposal.
Donor-advised funds are powerful tools – both for average people who want to make lasting commitments to their communities, as well as those with significant financial resources who are looking for an alternative to a private foundation. See the Forum's position and resources on this issue.
A uniform excise tax rate would increase funds available for local communities by freeing private foundations from the administrative task of calculating the amount of additional eligible expenditure needed to qualify for the lower 1% rate. See the Forum's position and resources on this issue.
An initiative of the Alliance for Justice, Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so.
An overview of the role of Philanthropy Serving Organizations in the 2020 Census from United Philanthropy Forum.
Slide deck from the Census 2020 -- Time To Act presentation on October 30, 2017.
Materials created by or for philanthropy-serving organizations around advocating for adequate funding for the upcoming census in 2020.
Materials created by the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup
Access the recording and slides for the Funders Census Initiative Webinar on Census Public Opinion Research
Materials and resources related to understanding census data.
Discover useful information to help educate your members on what’s at stake for the 2020 Census and encourage your members to promote a fair and accurate census count.
Guidelines for communicating effectively about the 2020 Census are grounded in a nationwide survey and focus groups of American voters conducted by Lake Research Partners.
A leave behind for meetings with Congress on why full funding matters.
A leave behind for meetings with Congress on the importance of the American Community Survey (ACS).
Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy in this updated report. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.
Report from Independent Sector to review a 2005 recommendation to require a five percent payout for DAFs.
Resource page on donor-advised funds from the Council on Foundations.