Using Advocacy to Support Mission: What Your Foundation Can and Can’t Do, Can and Can’t Fund

Host Organization: Philanthropy New York


True or false:

  • It’s permissible for your foundation to make grants that are used for public policy or legal advocacy
  • A 501 (h) election allows your foundation to take a stance on a piece of legislation
  • Administrative lobbying is subject to all the same rules as legislative lobbying
  • Private foundations may fund 501(c)(4) organizations

The answers to these and many other questions may surprise you. And, if they do, you may be missing out on a strategy that can advance your foundation's goals. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know about the ins-and-outs — and what's licit and what's not — about using or funding advocacy to further your foundation’s work.

This program is broken out into two parts:

2:30-3:45 PM - What You Can and Cannot Do: Legal Boundaries and Opportunities

  • Sean Delany, Executive Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York


  • Relevant legal issues surrounding funding advocacy work
  • Ways to fund advocacy and identify ways to take part in advocacy as a foundation

4:00-5:00 PM - Increasing Your Impact With 501(c)(4)s 

  • Lukas Haynes, Executive Director, The David Rockefeller Fund


  • Why [charitable funding] of 501c4s is another important tool for private foundations to consider
  • How to get your board on board, and questions your board might ask and how to address them


  • Sean Delany, Executive Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Lukas Haynes, Executive Director, The David Rockefeller Fund

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