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ACR was formed in 2005 to address potentially damaging legislative proposals on Capitol Hill, and has since played a leading role in protecting grantmaking foundations and other philanthropic organizations from unnecessary and sometimes harmful federal and state legislation. ACR is dedicated to educating policymakers on contributions of American private philanthropy, its longstanding tradition and

ACR was formed in 2005 to address potentially damaging legislative proposals on Capitol Hill, and has since played a leading role in protecting grantmaking foundations and other philanthropic organizations from unnecessary and sometimes harmful federal and state legislation. ACR is dedicated to educating policymakers on contributions of American private philanthropy, its longstanding tradition and

In our August Washington Roundup, we cover COVID relief negotiations and the absent expansion of the universal charitabl...
08/26/2020
Washington Roundup: COVID Relief Talks, CA DAF Legislation & VP Candidate Kamala Harris - Alliance for Charitable Reform

In our August Washington Roundup, we cover COVID relief negotiations and the absent expansion of the universal charitable deduction, a California DAF bill that has stalled in the state senate, and VP candidate Kamala Harris. Read it here: http://acreform.org/newsletter/covid-relief-talks-ca-daf-legislation-vp-candidate/

The ACR newsletter tracks with the end of congressional sessions to highlight the most important developments here in Washington. The timing will vary, based on the congressional calendar, but you can expect a newsletter from us about once a month. In the meantime, we’ll be sharing significant dev...

The charitable deduction is an acknowledgement by Congress that money given away for a charitable purpose is not conside...
08/05/2020
The Problematic Characterization of the Charitable Deduction as a Subsidy - Alliance for Charitable Reform

The charitable deduction is an acknowledgement by Congress that money given away for a charitable purpose is not considered income and therefore should not be taxed as such. However, we hear time and again from lawmakers, staff and critics that the deduction is a "subsidy" from the government. In our latest blog post, Brian Walsh joins us to explain why this characterization is problematic. http://acreform.org/blog/problematic-characterization-charitable-deduction-subsidy/

The charitable deduction – which has the effect of removing taxes from gifts to charity – is an acknowledgement by Congress that money donated to organizations for a tax-exempt purpose should not be considered income and taxed. Too often today, however, some policymakers and their staff – not ...

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and both sides of Capitol Hill are working to advance legislation to expand the uni...
04/17/2020
Lawmakers Work to Give Givers Their Due - Alliance for Charitable Reform

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and both sides of Capitol Hill are working to advance legislation to expand the universal charitable deduction. We break down the bills here: http://acreform.org/blog/lawmakers-work-give-givers-due/

Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen Americans step up to help their fellow men in a time of true crisis. Whether it’s by donating protective health equipment, volunteering to make a grocery run for an at-risk neighbor, or the thousands of health care workers putting patients’ health first,...

The leaders for the Montana Community Foundation and @MTNonprofit co-author an op-ed in @billingsgazette about the possi...
02/13/2019
Guest opinion: SB111 keeps charitable dollars in Montana, for Montana

The leaders for the Montana Community Foundation and @MTNonprofit co-author an op-ed in @billingsgazette about the possible sunset of a charitable giving tax credit that has provided more than $145 million in services to Montanans since 1997. https://bit.ly/2BzGvrP

For more than two decades, Montanans have benefited from the Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit. The MCETC encourages individuals, as well as businesses and organizations, to make lasting impacts in

“That’s part of the reason the Ryders set up a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation. It provides them the...
02/13/2019
Community Foundation: Donor-advised funds make for educated, thoughtful giving

“That’s part of the reason the Ryders set up a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation. It provides them the ability to give to all kinds of organizations, including those they’re learning about for the first time.” @SJRbreaking
https://bit.ly/2GHUQpd

Figuring out where and how to make charitable contributions can sometimes be an overwhelming decision. Between the number of charities available and

From the ACR Blog: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Survey Finds Fewer Donors are Giving to Charityhttp://...
02/08/2019
AFP Survey Finds Fewer Donors are Giving to Charity - Alliance for Charitable Reform

From the ACR Blog: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Survey Finds Fewer Donors are Giving to Charity

http://acreform.org/blog/afp-survey-finds-fewer-donors-giving-charity/

The NonProfit Times reported this week on a poll conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which asked its members to respond to a number of questions about their 2018 fundraising. The survey asked respondents to compare this year’s fundraising to previous years, influential...

Registration is open for the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders, a part of Foundations on the Hill 2018. Register here: http://...
02/08/2019

Registration is open for the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders, a part of Foundations on the Hill 2018. Register here: http://bit.ly/2DgjxVu
#ACRSummit #FOTH2018

Our most recent newsletter, "Fixes for Glitches?" has been posted on our website. It discusses possible issues with tax ...
03/26/2018
ACR News 3.16.18 - Fixes for Glitches?

Our most recent newsletter, "Fixes for Glitches?" has been posted on our website. It discusses possible issues with tax reform that may be addressed later in the year. It can be found here: http://acreform.org/newsletter/3-16-18/

We've also published a wrap-up of our 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders. It can be found here: http://acreform.org/blog/2018-acr-summit-leaders-wrap/

We recap the ACR Summit for leaders and examine whether the the glitches in the new tax law will get fixed in the latest edition of our newsletter.

ACR News 2.23.18 - our latest newsletter covers updates on the Universal Charitable Giving Act, state-level plans to wor...
02/26/2018
ACR News 2.23.18 - More States Considering SALT Workarounds, Continued Support for Universal Charitable Deduction - Alliance for Charitable Reform

ACR News 2.23.18 - our latest newsletter covers updates on the Universal Charitable Giving Act, state-level plans to workaround the SALT deduction cap, what to expect for our 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders, and a "Consider This" section on the importance of taking action instead rather than waiting for change.

Read our newsletter here: http://acreform.org/newsletter/2-22-18/

Sign up for the newsletter so you always get our updates in your inbox: http://acreform.org/newsletter-signup/

Register for the 2018 ACR Summit for leaders: http://acreform.org/event/2018-acr-summit-leaders/

>> Federal: Washington Roundup >> Federal: Universal Charitable Giving Act >> Local: State-level SALT Workarounds >> Invitation: ACR Summit for Leaders >> Consider This: How About Never? >> Top Reads: Outlook for 2018-19 Charitable Giving Mixed Washington Roundup Earlier this month lawmakers passed....

Wondering how the new tax law will affect you? Richard Rubin's latest video in the The Wall Street Journal's Talking Tax...
02/15/2018
Tax Credits, Brackets, Deductions: How to Hold On to More of Your Dough

Wondering how the new tax law will affect you? Richard Rubin's latest video in the The Wall Street Journal's Talking Taxes" series breaks it all down for you, using a pile of (cookie) dough: https://t.co/fqZc88ksZq

The new tax rules have already taken effect. But they won’t show up on tax returns until early in 2019. What’s changing for individuals? The latest video in our Talking Taxes series breaks it all down for you, in bite-size pieces.

Taxes and charitable giving are not the same. Sean Parnell, Vice President of Public Policy for The Philanthropy Roundta...
02/01/2018
Taxes and Charitable Giving Are Not the Same - Alliance for Charitable Reform

Taxes and charitable giving are not the same. Sean Parnell, Vice President of Public Policy for The Philanthropy Roundtable shares philanthropy’s growing concerns regarding states’ attempts to circumvent SALT caps with “charitable” donations to their governments in his latest blog post for Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR). Read it here:
http://bit.ly/2rUcgcy

Over the years, there have been numerous ways that people and institutions have employed to “repurpose” themselves as charities – in most cases for tax benefits. Such schemes rarely work out well, as orthopedic surgeon and minister of the Church of Compassionate Service Dr. Timothy Dale Jackso...

Registration is open for the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders, a part of Foundations on the Hill 2018. Register here: http://...
01/23/2018

Registration is open for the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders, a part of Foundations on the Hill 2018. Register here: http://bit.ly/2DgjxVu
#ACRSummit #FOTH2018

“’It will take time. We’re all going through this,’ Klocke said. ‘There’s a lot in this bill to deal with.’” reports Sea...
01/22/2018
Nonprofit groups grapple with tax changes

“’It will take time. We’re all going through this,’ Klocke said. ‘There’s a lot in this bill to deal with.’” reports Sean F. Discroll via @capecodtimes on the possible impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on local charities.
http://bit.ly/2DxslK1

The tax bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in the waning days of 2017 has thrown nonprofit organizations on the Cape and across

Join us on March 13 in Washington, D.C. at the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders – held as part of United Philanthropy Forum’s...
01/18/2018
2018 ACR Summit for Leaders - Alliance for Charitable Reform

Join us on March 13 in Washington, D.C. at the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders – held as part of United Philanthropy Forum’s Foundations on the Hill – to learn what we can do to protect private giving and educate lawmakers about the critical role of charitable organizations! #ACRSummit #FOTH18 http://bit.ly/2DgjxVu

Join us on March 13 in Washington, D.C. at the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders – which will be held as part of United Philanthropy Forum’s Foundations on the Hill – to learn what we can do to protect private giving and educate lawmakers about the critical role of charitable organizations. March 13...

Two amendments aimed at protecting and expanding charitable giving will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee th...
11/13/2017
Universal Charitable Deduction, CHARITY Act Offered as Amendments to Senate Tax Reform Bill

Two amendments aimed at protecting and expanding charitable giving will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee this week during the markup of the Senate tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

http://acreform.org/news-release/universal-charitable-deduction-charity-act-offered-amendments-senate-tax-reform-bill/

Two amendments aimed at protecting and expanding charitable giving will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee this week during the markup of the Senate tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

"It simply recognizes the value all Americans give to civil society when they contribute to local charities churches and...
08/02/2017
Tax code change could boost charitable giving and cut middle-class taxes

"It simply recognizes the value all Americans give to civil society when they contribute to local charities churches and civic societies doing good work."

Our VP for public policy at The Philanthropy Roundtable, Sean Parnell, discusses the universal charitable deduction with Fox Business.

A proposed change in the tax code could save middle class Americans who donate to charity billions of dollars on their income taxes, but it could also cost the US Treasury billions in lost revenue.

06/22/2017
A New Landscape of Giving: Power, Policy, and Philanthropy - Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

Join VP of publications Karl Zinsmeister via FB Live at 12:30 pm EDT for the Carnegie Corporation of New York Medal of Freedom forum. #CMoPForum https://www.medalofphilanthropy.org/a-new-landscape-of-giving-power-policy-and-philanthropy/

To mark the announcement of the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy honorees, join us for a discussion about the challenges facing the philanthropic sector.

President Donald Trump's senior advisers, deep in the weeds of tax reform, are reportedly looking at ways to save the mi...
04/20/2017
Charity keeps America free

President Donald Trump's senior advisers, deep in the weeds of tax reform, are reportedly looking at ways to save the middle class by placing more financial responsibilites on the shoulder's of the wealthy -- and part of the plan being discussed is to limit the level of deductions charitable organizations can take.

This is the wrong way to go.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/20/charity-keeps-america-free/

President Donald Trump’s senior advisers, deep in the weeds of tax reform, are reportedly looking at ways to save the middle class by placing more financial responsibilities on the shoulders of the wealthy — and part of the plan being discussed is to limit the level of deductions charitable organiza...

Southeastern Council of Foundations
04/18/2017

Southeastern Council of Foundations

On Tax Day, SECF members turned out to hear the latest on tax reform at our Federal Policy Luncheon in Atlanta. Sandra Swirski of the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) provided an overview of the debate in Washington on an issue that could have a profound impact on charitable giving. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

As fundraisers, activists, and care providers it is crucial to educate ourselves on the impact of changes in how our wor...
03/30/2017
Tax Reform & the Charitable Deduction: What You Can Do to Protect Charitable Giving

As fundraisers, activists, and care providers it is crucial to educate ourselves on the impact of changes in how our work is funded. The proposed changes to the tax code will dramatically impact that funding and it is up to us to ensure that these changes aren’t made without our feedback and stories.

https://www.neoncrm.com/tax-reform-charitable-deduction-what-you-can-do/

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Washington, DC with the Charitable Giving Coalition to lobby on behalf of the charitable deduction in the face of tax reform. I was there with experienced lobbyists and long-time fundraisers and activists — all working together to urge members of Congress to protect th...

Now is a Critical Time for Charitable Giving.http://acreform.org/blog/nonprofit-leaders-to-lawmakers-now-is-a-critical-t...
02/22/2017
Nonprofit Leaders to Lawmakers: Now is a Critical Time for Charitable Giving - Alliance for Charitable Reform

Now is a Critical Time for Charitable Giving.
http://acreform.org/blog/nonprofit-leaders-to-lawmakers-now-is-a-critical-time-for-charitable-giving/

WASHINGTON, D.C.— More than 200 nonprofit leaders from across the nation representing a diverse group of charities gathered on Capitol Hill February 16 to urge lawmakers and their staffs to protect charitable giving in America as part of the Charitable Giving Coalition’s (CGC) “100 Years of Giving F...

Cost of limiting the charitable deduction higher than you think, an ACR letter to The Hill: http://thehill.com/opinion/l...
02/08/2017
Cost of limiting charitable tax deduction higher than you think

Cost of limiting the charitable deduction higher than you think, an ACR letter to The Hill: http://thehill.com/opinion/letters/318395-cost-of-limiting-charitable-tax-deduction-higher-than-you-think

In Judd Gregg’s Jan. 30 editorial “The way ahead on tax, debt and healthcare,” he states: “In order to keep changes to individual taxation revenue-neutral, all that needs to be done is a trade-off. There should be a balance between how low the rates should go and how high the limits on deductibility...

The charitable deduction isn’t an issue that can command a crowd for a march and it might never make the top 3 things yo...
02/02/2017
Challenges to the Charitable Deduction: What You Need to Know - Front Range Source

The charitable deduction isn’t an issue that can command a crowd for a march and it might never make the top 3 things your organization is worried about right now, but for the nonprofit sector and every organization in it, it’s big.
http://www.frontrangesource.com/sleeping-giant-charitable-deduction/

The nonprofit sector is reacting to events at a fast and furious pace right now, but there’s one issue that beats at the heart of our work that you and your organization should know about. Changes to the 100-year-old charitable …

02/01/2017
Mnuchin: charitable deduction will not be eliminated - Alliance for Charitable Reform

“We are pleased to have confirmation from a prospective member of the administration that the charitable deduction will not be eliminated. However, there are still no assurances that the deduction will not be weakened or limited.”

http://acreform.org/blog/treasury-secretary-nominee-steven-mnuchin-charitable-deduction-will-not-be-eliminated/

On Monday, Politico released a document containing written responses from U.S. Secretary of Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin to questions from members of the Senate Finance Committee. Of particular note, Mnuchin stated that the administration would not eliminate the charitable deduction. “We will con...

01/30/2017
The Philanthropy Roundtable Files Brief Urging Appeals Court to Uphold Donor Privacy Ruling - Alliance for Charitable Reform

“California’s cavalier disregard for donor anonymity cannot be squared with the First Amendment, which protects the right to donate to charity, the right to freely associate with organizations of one’s choosing, and the right to fulfill religious obligations free of governmental interference.”

http://acreform.org/blog/amicusbrief_donorprivacy/

The Roundtable filed an amicus brief Friday in the donor privacy case Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra asking the U.S. Court of Appeals.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said lawmakers are looking to unlock more charitable giving resultin...
01/26/2017
Brady: We're looking for ways to unlock charitable giving

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said lawmakers are looking to unlock more charitable giving resulting from tax reform.
“We keep in place the home mortgage deduction and the charitable deduction. In fact, we are looking for ways to unlock more charitable giving,” Brady said.

http://acreform.org/blog/bradyunlockgiving/

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Republican lawmakers are looking to encourage additional charitable giving resulting from tax reform.

01/19/2017
$100 million for Indianapolis charities demonstrates importance of perpetual foundations - Alliance for Charitable Reform

The Lilly Endowment is giving $100 million to fifteen local charities engaged in crucial social services work. Our VP for public policy, Sean Parnell, writes on the ACR blog about how this is another example of long-life philanthropy meeting the needs in communities.

http://acreform.org/blog/100-million-indianapolis-charities-demonstrates-importance-perpetual-foundations/

The Indianapolis Star reported late last week that the Lilly Endowment was giving $100 million to fifteen local charities engaged in crucial social services work: The grants, ranging from $5 million to $10 million, are a “game-changer,” said one recipient, helping to support and sustain the work of…

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