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Private and Public Foundations May Fund Charities that Lobby

501(c)(3) public charities may legally seek to influence legislation—in other words, lobby – subject to generous limits. In addition, private foundations and public foundations (which are public charities) may support public charities that lobby. Foundations should follow the following rules when making grants to grantees that lobby.

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Public Policy Peer Community 2019 Conference Session Materials

Resources from a concurrent session during the 2019 Forum Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH that featured representatives of ABFE, Funders Together to End Homelessness, and Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity who engaged in dialogue about the principles of equity and inclusion to guide policy work and shifting philanthropic culture to recognize the value of public policy and advocacy in achieving racial equity goals. 

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Sign-On Letter: Sector Inclusion

This sign-on letter asks Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, Chairman Neal, Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Brady, and Ranking Member Crapo to carefully consider the unique nature of the charitable sector as you contemplate legislation that could impact donors and the charitable giving vehicles they use to donate to important causes in their communities and across the globe.

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Congressional August Recess Guide 2022

United Philanthropy Forum's 2022 Congressional August Recess Guide contains information for PSOs to make the most out of the August recess, including ideas for engaging members of Congress, meeting tips, talking points on key policy issues, and more. 

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