Inside Philanthropy

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February 9, 2007

Disclosing grassroots lobbying

OMB Watch is conducting a survey on federal grassroots lobbying disclosure. Current law requires disclosure of direct lobbying but not grassroots lobbying, which was included in a provision that was passed by the Senate last year but struck in January during Senate debate of lobby reform. OMB Watch says grassroots activities and the financial interests behind those activities should be disclosed.

Anti-terrorism screen

A new survey has found support for a centralized repository of data on prospective grantees outside the U.S. that grantmakers could use in assessing grant requests. Conducting the survey were the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Foundation Center and GuideStar.

Bush budget

The Council on Foundations is touting proposals in the Bush administration budget for fiscal 2008 to boost charitable giving by taxpayers, including permanent extension of the charitable IRA rollover provision enacted last year.

Postage rate delay

The Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation wants the U.S. Postal Service to delay a move to more than double the postage for many nonprofit mail pieces.


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