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.
Public Policy Resources
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.
Since 1917, the federal charitable tax deduction has provided a tax deduction for donations made to nonprofit organizations by taxpayers who itemize their tax returns, roughly one-third of all Americans. 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.
This resource from the Census Project explains the importance of the American Community Survey.
This resource from the Census Project explains the importance of full funding of the U.S. Census Bureau in FY 2017.
This toolkit from the Ford Foundation provides valuable resources to help make a difference in the 2010 Census. It offers a snapshot of the 2010 Census, its implications and practical steps to ensure that everyone is counted.