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Conference Recap: 501(c)(4)s and Public Policy: What You Need to Know

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by Gene Takagi, Managing Attorney and Founder, NEO Law Group

“If you aren’t participating fully in the democratic process, you’re leaving leverage on the table.” —Tom and Sonya Campion

The quote above perfectly captures why some charities might consider creating an affiliated 501(c)(4) organization to engage in advocacy activities that might otherwise not be possible for a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


Conference Recap: Evolving Dynamics of Corporate Philanthropy and CSR

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by Akhtar Badshah, Founder and CEO, Catalytic Innovators Group — @akhtarbad

There is a serious crisis brewing. Even though the economy is on the uptick, around the world there are over 300 million disengaged youth, says Blair Taylor, chief community officer and executive vice president of Starbucks Foundation.  Solutions are not coming from the government, we all have to be engaged – “creating jobs is the endgame”.  This set the tone for a lively session with a packed audience that conversed around the issues of corporate philanthropy, partnerships, and making lasting impact.


Giving Tuesday and All Year Long!

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I added a twist to that advertising catch phrase: What’s in your wallet . . . for people in need?

There were many different answers to the question from folks at the IS office: which causes do you support?

I was impressed by the dedication and diversity in the giving traditions of our small staff. What is truly remarkable is that each year these small gifts and others like them add up to big-time generosity. A few years ago, when others in the sector had this realization,  the national day of charitable giving, "Giving Tuesday" was born.


Love and Justice

Charity , Child Migrants , children , Diana , people in need , Philanthropy , Pope Francis , Remarkable Givers , systems change No Comments »

I am sure there is truth on the side of those who argue that with improved city and state policies, planning, and prevention strategies, natural disaster-prone areas would be better able to respond. And if public policies prevented hunger and homelessness and guaranteed everyone willing and able to work, a job, their lives would be immeasurably better. But until that time – and, in fact, even then – there will always be people in need of urgent assistance.


Westward Ho!

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  • Warm people, an innovative mindset, a charitable nature, and a global outlook
  • Engaging conversations with familiar colleagues and opportunities to meet new ones
  • Renewed energy from inspirational performances and provocative speakers
  • Thought-provoking sessions on issues that challenge us today and call us to action
  • Finding our own pioneering spirit for the new frontiers of our time

Well then Westward Ho! it is—Join us for the 2014 IS National Conference in Seattle!



Independent Sector is a nonpartisan leadership network of 600 charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

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