Legal Issues

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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Leveraging Limited Dollars: How Grantmakers Achieve Tangible Benefits by Funding Policy and Community Engagement

Publication date: 
01/2012
Advocacy by 110 nonprofits over a five-year period has brought more than $26.6 billion in benefits to marginalized groups, according to this NCRP study. The report also found that every dollar grantmakers and other donors invested in policy and civic engagement provided a return of $115 in benefits, and it offers suggestions about how to begin funding advocacy to funders who want to start leveraging their grant dollars for maximum results.
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Accountability Self-Assessment Tool for Unstaffed Foundations

Publication date: 
11/2006
This tool for unstaffed foundations includes an accountability self-assessment and a legal checklist. It is divided into nine topic sections, each of which is divided into three levels, which can help foundations tailor the tool to meet their specific interests and needs. Also included are an Excel spreadsheet to help tabulate responses, an extensive accountability resource list, and a glossary of key words and concepts used in the tool.
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Accountability Self-Assessment Tool for Staffed Foundations

Publication date: 
11/2006
This tool for staffed foundations includes an accountability self-assessment and a legal checklist. It is divided into nine topic sections, each of which is divided into three levels, which can help foundations tailor the tool to meet their specific interests and needs. Also included are an Excel spreadsheet to help tabulate responses, an extensive accountability resource list, and a glossary of key words and concepts used in the tool.

Advocacy Funding: The Philanthropy of Changing Minds

Publication date: 
07/2005
Grantmakers tend to be cautious about funding advocacy, and for good reason - yet advocacy can play a crucial role in advancing a foundation's mission. In this guide, contributors explain that advocacy includes a lot of opportunities to improve public policy through work that is well within the limits of the law. Whether your purpose is to advance an idea, argue a position, or enrich the policy debate, the guide offers resources and strategies for planning your work, reaching your audience, assessing impact, and more.

Financing the Social Sector

Release Date: 
09/15/2014
The American Express Corporate social Responsibility Blog explores the top 10 things foundations and corporations should do when considering whether to support nonprofit organizations.
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Foundations Join Together to Create New Philanthropy Feedback Opportunities

Release Date: 
09/04/2014
The Fund for Shared Insight will work to seek new ways for nonprofits to receive feedback to improve their programs and services.

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