Community Organizing Advocacy: It’s Legal But Know the Law

Private foundations are allowed to support many types of advocacy, but they are not allowed to fund activities that are closely and directly tied to electing a candidate or passing a law. Here’s the distinction: “Funding an organizing group to educate members of the public on wage issues is okay,” advised an executive at a private foundation, “but funding specific activities to obtain passage of a minimum wage increase is not okay.”

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