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Speaking Up! Foundations and Advocacy in Europe

Publication date: 
04/2014
European countries have very diverse traditions in philanthropy, and many foundations not only fund advocacy but directly influence policy agendas through their operational programmes. This guide explores how foundations do so through interactions with local and national governments as well as the European institutions.

Can Nonprofits Increase Voting Among Their Clients, Constituents, and Staff? An Evaluation of the Track the Vote Program

Publication date: 
08/2013
Conducted with funding and other support from the Ford, Cedar Tree and Open Society foundations and Public Interest Projects, this study found that nonprofits were especially effective in increasing turnout during the 2012 elections among groups that have long been underrepresented in the electoral process.
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Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking

Publication date: 
06/2013
This new research report, the result of a partnership between the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), is the first-ever data-driven analysis of the scope and landscape of global human rights grantmaking. According to Advancing Human Rights, over 12,000 human rights grants totaling $1.2 billion supported more than 6,800 organizations worldwide in 2010. (The Ford Foundation was the largest human rights funder in 2010 by grant dollars [$159.5 million], while the Open Society Foundations ranked second and reported the largest number of grants [1,248].)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Who is Eligible for Deferred Action?

Publication date: 
10/2012
The Donors’ Education Collaborative and the Fund for New Citizens helped members to learn about what the Department of Education is doing to help New York city immigrants apply for deproation deferrals (DACA).

Learn Foundation Law

Publication date: 
04/2012
The legal staff at the David and Lucile Packard, Bill & Melinda Gates, William and Flora Hewlett, and Gordon and Betty Moore foundations have developed this free, first-of-its-kind online resource, which covers the basic legal rules around what staff are allowed to fund and engage in at a private foundation, including how lobbying laws apply to private foundations, who and what they can legally fund, the types of grants private foundations are allowed to provide and how to fund projects when advocacy and lobbying are involved.
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What the Supreme Court Could Do to Health Reform: A Conversation with Abbe Gluck

Publication date: 
03/2012
Abbe Gluck reviews the main issues in the landmark Supreme Court case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provides her perspective on the factors that could influence the Court and what it may ultimately decide.
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