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
    • January 31, 2023

    The Cost of Too Much Red Tape: Fewer Charities

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
    • Sector Regulation
    • January 31, 2023

    50 State Index Ranks Best and Worst States for Charities

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • Sector Regulation
    • January 30, 2023

    The Giving Review: Forgo Mandates and Work to Change Philanthropy through Excellent Grantmaking

    by Joanne Florino
    • Sector Regulation
    • January 10, 2023

    Patrice Onwuka on WMAL: Legislative Proposal Would “Chill Charitable Giving”

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • Donor-Advised Funds
    • January 6, 2023

    New Study Shows DAFs Self-Regulate

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
  • 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
    • 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
    • Research
    • July 21, 2022

    Wealth Tax Proposals Threaten Philanthropy

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
    • Research
    • May 24, 2022

    Unheralded Generosity: A 50-State Look at Anonymous Giving

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
    • Research
    • March 19, 2022

    Government Overreach Hurts Charities and Those They Serve

    by 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.