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Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies

Public policy engagement is a key strategy for ensuring sustainable improvements in population health. As a result, health philanthropy plays a vital and unique role in the public policy process. GIH works to build understanding between health grantmakers and policymakers, and supports grantmakers in their efforts to advance policy change.

Contact Eileen Salinsky for more information about our programming in this area.

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November 2017

Eileen Salinsky, Grantmakers In Health

November 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is considering a case that has significant implications for the policy-influencing activities of private foundations and public charities, especially regarding ballot measures. In its 2015 Parks v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue decision (now on appeal), the United States Tax Court found that a series of radio ads funded by the Parks Foundation conveyed information and commentary relevant to various Oregon state ballot measures and, accordingly, were subject to excise taxes under Internal Revenue Code prohibitions against foundation expenditures for lobbying activities. An amicus brief filed by the Alliance for Justice and the Council on Foundations argues that the Tax Court’s decision is inconsistent with relevant statutory and regulatory provisions and would improperly restrict foundations' and other charitable organizations' policy-influencing activities.

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