National Standard 26: The Board Oversees Advocacy and Lobbying Activities

When involved in advocacy or lobbying activities, a community foundation ensures it is in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.  

For this section, the reviewer will look for information about how the community foundation’s staff and board discuss advocacy or lobbying activities or grantmaking that includes advocacy or lobbying efforts.  For guidance, please review the Council on Foundation's advocacy guidelines located here:

You can check your Form 990, Part IV and Schedule C to make sure you have captured your foundation’s lobbying activities. The peer reviewer may cross-check your response with your Form 990.

Remember that responding No Activity and submitting your application is equivalent to the Board and CEO attesting that advocacy and lobbying are not conducted by the community foundation and that the community foundation does not make grants to support lobbying by others.

 

 

Key Elements 

26.1 If your community foundation engaged in lobbying in the last two years, provide board minutes where the lobbying effort is discussed by the Board.

26.2 If your community foundation engaged in advocacy in the last two years, provide board minutes where the advocacy effort is discussed by the Board.