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May 05, 2014

New Course Explains IRS Election Laws

A new animated online course can help foundation officials and charity leaders navigate election-related tax laws.

The training takes less than an hour to complete and covers topics such as voter education, issue advocacy, and interaction with candidates.

“There are a lot of things that people can do that do not violate electioneering prohibitions,” says Mary Anne Rodgers, general counsel at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, one of four philanthropies that developed the course. “We want people in the field to feel comfortable issue spotting, asking the right questions, and taking the appropriate legal steps.”

The course is part of a larger project, Learn Foundation Law, created by the Bill & Melinda Gates; William and Flora Hewlett; Gordon and Betty Moore; and Packard foundations.

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