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Going Beyond the Grant To Support Nonprofits

A little over 30 years ago, Pro Football Hall of Famer and venture capitalist investor Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen founded All Stars Helping Kids. Ronnie modeled his philanthropic efforts on the lessons he learned playing football and investing in technology starts-up. Much like how venture capitalists invest in startups, All Stars invests in... Read More

Is This Self-Dealing? Three Quick Questions To Ask

Self-dealing rules are sometimes confusing. In any event, a small foundation has to determine whether a potential transaction constitutes self-dealing. For this reason, we’ve come up with three straightforward questions that lean funders can apply to any situation. 1. Does the transaction involve a disqualified person? The Internal Revenue Service defines a disqualified person as one of... Read More

What the Law Requires When Making Grants

The law requires very little when making grants to most domestic public charities. Other than knowing a grantee’s tax status—your foundation has a great deal of flexibility. However, I regularly encounter funders, foundation staff and professional advisors who do not know this. What the Law Requires When Making Grants A few years ago, Project Streamline... Read More