The Downside Of Private Foundations Using Restrictive Grant Agreements

Contrary to popular belief, federal tax law does not require private foundations to include lobbying prohibitions in grants made to public charities. Many foundations unfortuantely make restricted grants by using grant agreement letters that prohibit their grantees from using grant funds for “any propaganda or attempt to influence legislation.” Such language is overly restrictive and may undermine the grantee’s ability to effectively and efficiently achieve its goals.