California Assembly Bill 624 – Amended on February 12

The controversial California Assembly Bill 624 was amended on February 12, 2008 to delete the requirement that large private foundations (those with assets over $250 million) report information pertaining to the sexual orientation of its board and staff members.  The amendment was passed presumably in response to the concern that requesting such information would invade the privacy rights of individual board and staff members

Two additional changes were made in the amended bill:

  • It requires covered foundations to report on the number of grants and percentage of grant dollars awarded to "predominantly low-income communities," but no definition or guidance is provided with respect to what constitutes a predominantly low-income community.
  • It limits the applicability of the bill to only the domestic grants of covered foundations.

Read the amended A.B. 624 here