Philanthropic Freedom

Protecting Your Freedom to Give

All Americans—no matter their politics, race, religion or class—should have the freedom to give to the causes and communities they care about most. That’s exactly why we’re lifting up the voices of everyday Americans who serve alongside amazing charities.

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News

    • Sector Regulation
    • February 16, 2024

    Roundtable Submits Comment Letter on Proposed Rules for Donor-Advised Funds

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • Donor-Advised Funds
    • February 15, 2024

    New Report on Donor-advised Funds: Democratizing Giving and Accelerating Impact

    by Jack Salmon
    • Free to Give
    • February 15, 2024

    Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation: Keeping the Flame of Liberty Alive

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • Sector Regulation
    • February 13, 2024

    Safeguarding Charity Act: Protecting Nonprofits From Political Overreach

    by Courtney Shadegg 
    • Sector Regulation
    • January 30, 2024

    How A Supreme Court Case about Fishing Could Impact Nonprofits 

    by Jack Salmon
    • Free to Give
    • January 26, 2024

    A Conversation with Hillsdale College: “We’re Changing the Face of American Public Education”

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • Donor Privacy
    • January 18, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: Salmon Pushes Back Against Craig Kennedy’s Critique of Donor Privacy

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • Philanthropic Freedom
    • January 8, 2024

    Independent Women’s Forum Highlights Christie Herrera’s Work Championing Philanthropic Freedom

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
  • All Americans should be free to give to causes they care about

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Policy Research & Analysis

The Roundtable’s policy team has decades of experience in government relations on the federal and state levels. The team is actively building coalitions, educating government officials, advocating for philanthropic freedom and defending against efforts to restrict charitable giving.

    • Research
    • November 16, 2023

    Private Foundations and the 5 Percent Payout Rule

    by Jack Salmon
    • Research
    • November 2, 2023

    Community Foundation Use of DAFS in California: Payouts, Flow Rates, and Inactivity Policies

    by Jack Salmon
    • Research
    • September 13, 2023

    Donor Disclosure Means Less for Charities and Those They Serve

    by Jack Salmon
    • Research
    • July 24, 2023

    Decoding the Public Support Test: How the IRS Distinguishes Public Charities from Private Foundations

    by Jack Salmon
    • Research
    • June 15, 2023

    Taxing Unrealized Gains Is Unconstitutional: Moore v. United States

    by Jack Salmon
    • Research
    • March 30, 2023

    Protecting Donor Intent Protects Giving

    by Jack Salmon
    • Research
    • January 31, 2023

    The 50-State Index of Charity Regulations

    by Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D.
    • Research
    • December 1, 2022

    When Philanthropy Comes Under Attack: What the Resurgence of Populism Means for Charitable Organizations

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
    • Research
    • November 2, 2022

    Policy Philanthropy and Its Key Role in Civil Society

    by David Bass, Elizabeth McGuigan

Key Issues

  • Donor Privacy

    Donor privacy is a part of our nation’s long-standing tradition of philanthropic freedom and is protected under the Constitution. The freedom to give privately helps enable our vibrant and diverse charitable culture that benefits all Americans.
  • Sector Regulation

    The proper way to regulate the charitable sector is with strategic oversight that is specific to an evidence-based need. Arbitrary rules and unnecessary mandates, ultimately, harm those who rely on charity the most by restricting overall giving and diverting resources away from helping those in need.
  • Donor-Advised Funds

    These charitable giving accounts are popular and effective vehicles that allow donors to support a wide variety of charitable causes. These funds are accessible to all Americans. They provide flexibility for givers to respond to crises quickly and give strategically over the long-term.