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Corporate Donations, Non-profits, and Government Policy

Berkeley Haas researchers find compelling evidence that corporations can influence certain decisions that transparency can resolve to an extent. The study co-authored by Berkeley Haas researchers finds that nonprofits tend to change their stances depending on the corporate donations they receive. The study also revealed that along with nonprofits changing their point of view, government agencies have been observed to change their rules. This means that corporations can influence policy through nonprofit donations.

This has led to the researchers suggesting that all nonprofits disclose any corporate donations they receive which can potentially affect a stand they were taking. This will make regulators and others aware of the possible connection between the nonprofit’s standpoint and the corporate donations they have received.

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