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Attending Fundraisers

Although attending fundraisers and similar events may not seem like a benefit to you, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may see it differently: as self-dealing, an act in which a trustee, staff member, or other “disqualified person” receives direct, personal benefit. To avoid falling afoul of laws to prevent self-dealing, many private foundation boards establish... Read More

Advocacy and Lobbying by Private Foundations

Funders can engage in advocacy, can fund advocacy, and can encourage grantees to engage in advocacy, with exceptions involving lobbying and electioneering. The two types of lobbying are direct lobbying, communicating with legislators to express a view about specific legislation, and grassroots lobbying, asking the public to communicate with legislators to express a view about... Read More

A Foundation Sued by a Potential Grantee

The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) of Minnesota was sued in November 2002 by a potential grantee located in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. NWAF, a grantmaking foundation established in 1934, was organized to help communities throughout an eight-state region reduce poverty. It makes grants totaling approximately $18 million per year. Under its Community Ventures... Read More