Washington Snapshot

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:46pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Chairman Hatch Continues Discussions on Corporate Integration; Ways and Means Committee Holds Markup; Estate Tax Bill Introduced in the House; UPDATE: Chinese NGO Legislation Passed into Law; Council Submits Comments to FATF on Recommendation 8; Council Analysis of New PRI Regulations is Now Available; Update on Donor Privacy Case in California; Corporate Foundations, Annual Distributions, and Self-Dealing; Nonprofits Coalesce Behind Solutions to Student Loan Debt Crisis; Foundation Leaders Continue to Speak on the Value of Perpetuity; and more!

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:45pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: New PRI Regulations Released by Treasury; Senate Finance Committee to Hold Hearing on Tax Reform; Artist-Museum Partnership Bill Introduced in the House; More Legislative Activity in the House; Council Represents U.S. Philanthropy in Vienna; China to Review International NGO Legislation; Related Use Rule: To Accept Johnny Cash Artwork, Foundation Must "Walk the Line"; State Budget Crises Spawn Bad Policy Proposals; and more!

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:19pm

John Cochrane

Last summer, the Treasury Department announced their intention to finalize new regulations for program-related investments (PRIs). This week, it published nine new examples of permissible PRIs. Treasury responded to continued requests of the philanthropic community, which recognized that the existing regulations did not represent the full diversity of investment opportunities available to foundations. The Council on Foundations, with the Council of Michigan Foundations, Mission Investors Exchange, the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and others, provided input on the new regulations.

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:32pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Annual Conference & Philanthropy Week Highlights; IRA Charitable Rollover Bill Introduced in House; Ways & Means Tax Policy Committee Holds Second Tax Reform Hearing; Clarifying Permissible Distributions for IRA Charitable Rollover; Constitutional Liberties at Risk in States; D5 Coalition Co-Chairs Share Update on Diversity in the Sector; White House Hosts Council Members for Roundtable on Outcomes and Evidence; and more!

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:53pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Charity Bill Introduced in Senate; Council Signs Onto Administration's Fair Business Pledge; States Addressing Employment Policies in Different Ways; Council Board Chair Pens Op-Ed on Value of Perpetuity; and more!

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 3:20pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: House Tax Policy Subcommittee to Hold Next Tax Reform Hearing; Council Submits Input on Multistate Registration and Filing Project; Accepting Donations for Individuals is Not Charitable; Connecticut Challenges Reflect National Trends; North Carolina Legislators Recommend Taxing Donors on Gifts from IRAs; and more!

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 1:30pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: House Tax Policy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tax Reform Proposals; IRS Invites Comments for 2016-17 Priority Guidance; Can a Foundation Re-Purpose Unclaimed Charitable Contributions?; Public University Foundations Under Scrutiny; Advocacy, Fundraising Rights Under Attack in Oklahoma, Missouri; Evolution of Democracy Funding in Society; and more!

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 2:39pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Hearing on Tax Reform Proposals Set for Next Week; Machine-Readable Forms 990 Soon to be Available to Public; Correcting a Fund Agreement; The Challenges of State Budget Crises on Foundations, Nonprofit Missions; Lessons Learned When a Nonprofit Closes its Doors; Foundations and Social Movements; and more!

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 3:31pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Chairman of House Veterans' Affairs Committee to Retire from Congress; IRS Issues Procedure to Gather from Sector; Agency Funds: Invading Principal when Third Party Donors are Involved; Positive News on Proactive Nonprofit Legislation; Charitable Giving Coalition Releases Statement on Clinton Tax Plan; and more!

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:55pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Congress Grows More Skeptical of Universities; New Bill on Interest and Dividend Contributions; IRS Speaks on Scholarship Grant Procedures for Private Foundations; Nonprofit Engagement with SCOTUS Nomination; FASB Seeks Foundation Input; DAFs & Successors: Can't We All Just Get Along?; Nonprofits, Constitution Face Challenges Across the States; The Potential and Limitations of Pay for Success; and more!