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Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy

Publication date: 
08/2016

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.

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Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

Publication date: 
09/2015

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.

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Washington Update PolicyWorks 2014

Publication date: 
08/2014

PowerPoint slides from "The Washington Update," a presentation by Sue Santa, Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundations, at the PolicyWorks Institute 2014. Topics include the 2014 mid-term elections, the America Gives More Act, and Chairman David Camp's discussion draft on tax reform.

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Permissible Activity During an Election Cycle

Publication date: 
06/2014

Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.

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