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Why Some Foundations Keep Grant Records Indefinitely

There’s more to recordkeeping than meets the eye. Some foundations have discovered that good recordkeeping helps them improve their grantmaking and stay informed in their communities. In search of trends The Vine and Branches Foundation goes beyond the rules of recordkeeping. It uses records to assess where the foundation has been and where it wants... Read More

What You Need to Know About the “Tax Act”

Legal insights provided by Arnold & Porter On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed a new tax bill into law, informally referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”). Although several proposals were dropped from the legislation, the Tax Act contains a number of provisions relating to charitable giving and tax-exempt... Read More

IRS Regulations Regarding DAFs

Legal insights provided by Arnold & Porter Public Support and DAFs The IRS is considering regulations to address how contributions from DAFs should count toward calculating a grantee’s public support test. The public support test is intended to assure that a publicly supported charity is supported by the general public, as opposed to only a... Read More

Spring 2018: Funder Advocacy

Our highly rated quarterly publication for members provides a wealth of information and inspiration in one easy read. In this issue: Funders Embrace Advocacy to Catalyze Change My Family’s Foundation Entered the Policy Arena, and We Are Not Looking Back Why Our Community Foundation Partners With State Legislators Effective Meetings With Government Officials Read More

Involving Young Children and Preteens in Philanthropy

Today many parents include their children in philanthropic activities as a way to pass on their personal values, provide shared experiences, establish traditions, and enjoy a satisfying and fulfilling family venture together. Sometimes parents also have the goal of preparing their children to manage the family’s philanthropy when they are adults. Involving children in philanthropy... Read More

Involving Teens in Philanthropy

By the time young people reach their teens, they are trying to develop their own identities and often prefer spending time with peers. Parents can help guide their teens’ philanthropic interests, but not dictate them. If teens aren’t interested in engaging in philanthropic activities with their families, parents may find opportunities for teens to do... Read More