Philanthropic Freedom

This item appeared in a recent SECF newsletter under the heading “Philanthropic Freedom Emerges As Key Theme at Funder Conferences” and I thought it’d be worth pointing out:

At the recent Philanthropy Roundtable conference, Florida legislation passed earlier this year was praised as a win for philanthropy. A session was devoted to the law, which prohibits state and local governments from regulating diversity in foundation governance. Since its passage, a similar resolution was passed in Virginia. Read the full blog post.

At last week’s Independent Sector conference, presenters stressed the importance of foundation advocacy to alleviate the anticipated political “gridlock” due to an increasingly partisan congress. Read the full blog post.

I was  struck by the phrase “philanthropic freedom.”  With annual conference season in high gear, I wonder if this has been a topic of conversation among your members? Or, is the concern still limited to the areas already facing this issue (namely, California, Florida, and Virginia)? What’s your regional associations view of “philanthropic freedom?”


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