Washington Snapshot

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 2:58pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: International Tax Reform Blueprint Forthcoming; Chairman Hatch Follows-up with Private Museums; FEMA Releases National Preparedness Report; DAFs & "Pledging" Allegiance to Donors; The Personal Side of State Budget Intransigence; and more!

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 1:10pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: This Week in Tax Reform; Council on Location: The World Humanitarian Summit; “Industry Issue Resolution” Program Expanded to Include Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities; Scholarships & Quid Pro Quos: Honoring Those Who Served Through a Writing Competition; Reversing the Trend on Tax-Exemption Challenges; Charitable Giving Needs to be Encouraged; and more!

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 1:35pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Department of Labor Publishes New Rule on Overtime Regulations; Council Submitted Comments on IRS Priority Guidance 2016-2017, Supporting Organizations; Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Corporate Integration; Ways and Means to Hold Another Tax Reform Hearing; How to Properly Disclose IRS Form 990 to the Public; State Laws, Grants Impacted by Federal Overtime Changes; and more!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 3:22pm

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations. The Council has been following this issue closely and is here to help you understand how the changes could impact you and your organization.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 4:18pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Corporate Tax Integration and Philanthropy: What Does it Mean?; Ways and Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tax Reform; Council to Submit Comments on IRS Priority Guidance; Giving Greek: To Establish a Fund for a Fraternity, Find Charitable Purpose; Michigan Seeks to End Confusion Over Property Tax Exemptions as Turmoil Continues Elsewhere; Coalition of Foundations Coming Together to Give $125 million in Flint; and more!

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 3:41pm

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Ways and Means Making Progress on Tax Reform Plan; Race-Based Scholarships and Proving an Applicant's Status; California Bill Seeks to Mandate Website, Fundraising Text for Organizations Throughout the U.S.; Shareholder Activism Targets Lobbying Disclosure; and more!

Friday, April 29, 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

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!