Advocacy and Lobbying by Private Foundations

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Founders and trustees of small foundations typically live where they give, know the local nonprofit leaders, and are active in the community.

Small foundations can leverage their resources and their intimate knowledge of local needs by supporting and engaging in nonprofit advocacy. Through such support and advocacy, small foundations can help more people for a greater period—even beyond the grant cycle.

Opportunities to engage in advocacy remain unknown to a vast number of foundations, despite lawmakers’ efforts to clarify the rules. Many foundations unnecessarily restrict—without realizing it—their grantees’ advocacy efforts.

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