Using Advocacy to Support Mission: What Your Foundation Can and Can’t Do, Can and Can’t Fund

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 -
2:30pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
Members of PNY & Partner Orgs: 
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This program is a two-part standalone offering from our PNY Core: Policy Core.

True or false:

  • It’s permissible for your foundation to make grants that are used for public policy or legal advocacy
  • A 501 (h) election allows your foundation to take a stance on a piece of legislation
  • Administrative lobbying is subject to all the same rules as legislative lobbying
  • Private foundations may fund 501(c)(4) organizations


The answers to these and many other questions may surprise you. And, if they do, you may be missing out on a strategy that can advance your foundation's goals. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know about the ins-and-outs — and what's licit and what's not — about using or funding advocacy to further your foundation’s work.

This program is broken out into two parts:

2:30-3:45 PM - What You Can and Cannot Do: Legal Boundaries and Opportunities


  • Relevant legal issues surrounding funding advocacy work
  • Ways to fund advocacy and identify ways to take part in advocacy as a foundation

4:00-5:00 PM - Increasing Your Impact With 501(c)(4)s 


  • Why [charitable funding] of 501c4s is another important tool for private foundations to consider
  • How to get your board on board, and questions your board might ask and how to address them


Designed for  

All interested funders.


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Check-in

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Program

Registration is required by June 18th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Guests of Organizers: Please email with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number. Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

Please email with any questions.

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