A local environmental group is being accused of violating federal tax law by accepting payments from an allied political group to fund staff work on behalf of the Democratic mayoral campaigns of Bob Filner and David Alvarez.
Election season presents tremendous opportunities for philanthropic organizations to educate voters and candidates on the issues core to their charitable missions. Through strategies such as civic engagement and public policy advocacy, nonprofit organizations can expand the reach and impact of their activities. Alliance for Justice’s (AFJ) Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook helps foundations and their grantee partners understand how advocacy leverages their grant dollars, strengthens their missions, and helps them shape positive policy change to benefit the communities they serve.
Sports legend Michael Jordan’s recent donations to the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund surprised many. In the announcement of his contributions totaling $2 million, his anguish and call for change was clear, and he backed it with action.
Proposition C on November’s ballot was intended to root out so-called “astro-turf” nonprofits fronting for politically influential corporations, but instead casts too wide a net and sweeps in our city’s patchwork quilt of community- and faith-based organizations that represent the voice of neighborhoods and vulnerable communities. By doing so, Prop C threatens San Francisco’s rich history of including diverse public voices in policy debates. Instead of running the risk of failing to comply with complicated registration and reporting requirements, many small and medium-sized organizations will simply decide not to engage in advocacy.
At a panel recently hosted by Foundation Center Cleveland Office, John Corlett, Executive Director of the nonpartisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions, and Marcia Egbert, Senior Program Officer at the George Gund Foundation, discussed the relationship between advocacy and philanthropy, why and how foundations support advocacy, and how to determine whether the time is right for your organization to start making an advocacy splash. Below are some helpful takeaways from this enlightening discussion.
Every day, people go to City Hall to try to sway local leaders to their point of view. They’re not lobbyists, but they’ve emerged as the latest front in the fight over regulating campaign finance.
In the wake of the end of the lunchtime philanthropy discussions convened by the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, the Alliance for Justice addresses the still-underutilized concept of mission investing with its first Foundation Program Speaker Series event last month.