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Grantmakers Predict Impact of Politics on Philanthropy

A new survey by Exponent Philanthropy shows the vast majority of its members (82%) expect the institution of philanthropy to play a more important role in society as a result of recent changes in Washington, DC. Issued in late March to Exponent Philanthropy’s members—foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors—the informal “Pulse Check” survey looked at how changes today in politics may impact philanthropic behavior in the year ahead, both in terms of giving practices and investments. Results were tabulated from 324 respondents representing a 17% response rate.


Perspectives on the Johnson Amendment

 

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Last week, President Trump
announced at the National Prayer Breakfast, “I will get rid of, and totally destroy, the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” Introduced in 1954 by Senator (and future president) Lyndon B. Johnson, the Johnson Amendment explicitly prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations (including churches) from engaging in partisan political activity.