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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    • Philanthropic Freedom
    • August 4, 2022

    Charitable Sector Mourns Loss of U.S. Rep. Walorski

    • Donor-Advised Funds
    • August 1, 2022

    Support for Bill to Restrict Givers Veers Left

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
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    • Sector Regulation
    • July 29, 2022

    Why Increasing Foundation Payout Requirements is the Wrong Approach

    by Joanne Florino
    • Philanthropic Freedom
    • July 28, 2022

    Inflation Reduction Act Needs Fix to Protect Tax-Free Carried Interest Donation 

    • Philanthropic Freedom
    • July 21, 2022

    Wealth Tax Proposals Threaten Philanthropy

    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
    • May 24, 2022

    Unheralded Generosity: A 50-State Look at Anonymous Giving

    by Elizabeth McGuigan
    • Research
    • December 1, 2021

    Do Family Foundations Spend More On Overhead Expenses Than Nonfamily Foundations?

    by Serena Jezior
    • Research
    • November 1, 2021

    Donor Privacy: A Constitutional Right for American Givers

    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.