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Learn Foundation Law

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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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Advocacy Funding: The Philanthropy of Changing Minds

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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

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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

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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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