Congress

Washington Snapshot - November 15, 2013

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In this Issue: Charitable Giving Coalition D.C. Fly-In; Lawmakers Huddle on Tax Reform; Post Investigation Aftermath; Celebrating Community Foundation Week; Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the Media; The charitable deduction's individual impact; Foundations engage New Yorkers in policy conversations; Nonprofit media grantmaking; Donor-advised funds continue to sprout; Disability funders urge Senate support for international disability rights

Washington Snapshot - October 18, 2013

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In this Issue: A Fiscal Deal Emerges; Besides opening the government, what else does this deal accomplish?; So is the fiscal stalemate over?; What does this mean for federal grantees?; We will keep you posted!; Shutdown advocacy efforts; Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill named one of the "Top 20 Women in Philanthropy"; HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships; The Rhode Island Foundation-Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Providence; The Saint Paul Foundation

Washington Snapshot - October 4, 2013

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In this Issue: Fiscal Standoff on Capitol Hill; What does it mean for you?; Rallying around the charitable deduction; Giving in West Virginia; Report: private foundation assets grow; Rep. Rangel advocates for charitable organizations; Comments on Veterans' Affairs strategic plan; Save the Date: Protect Giving Day; HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships; Empire Health Foundation - Eastern Washington Obesity Prevention Program; Fairfield County Community Foundation - Stable Families Program

Washington Snapshot - September 12, 2013

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In this Issue: Members Return to Washington; Tax Reform Conversations in Committee; Senate and House Floor Prepare for Budget and Debt Ceiling Debates; Thanks to the Tax Reform Tour, Tax Reform Did Garner Some Headlines this Week; Ways and Means Hearing on the IRS Exempt Organizations Division Planned for Next Week; Articles, Op-Eds, and Blogs Hightlight Support for the Charitable Deduction; Other Opinion Pieces; Interesting Articles; Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations; Tuesday, September 24 (10:30am - 12:00pm) The Power of Advocacy and the Opportunity for Community Foundations; Tuesday, September 24 (1:00pm - 2:30pm) State of the States: Connecting with Lawmakers & Regulators for Policy Advocacy

Washington Snapshot - September 5, 2013

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In this Issue: Up on Capitol Hill, a focus on foreign policy overshadows tax reform this week; Tax Reform Tour continues; Another week, another tidbit on the IRS probe; Council on Foundations' Fall Conference for Community Foundations, Public Policy is on the Agenda!; Great Pre-Conference programming in San Diego on Sunday, September 22nd; Helping your Community Recover after a Natural Disaster; Working with Veterans; We're looking for your input; Articles that crossed our desk this week; More great opinion pieces

Washington Snapshot - August 29, 2013

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In this Issue: Historic 50th anniversary in Washington; Will looming deficit and budget issues affect tax reform?; Finance Chairman Max Baucus is still optimistic; A follow-up to the Bruce Bartlett blog highlighted in last week's Snapshot; And now, for an Executive Branch update; Agriculture (USDA); Defense (DOD); Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (OJCS); National Guard Bureau (NGB); Education (DEd); Investing In Innovation (i3); ConnectED Initiative; Early Learning; "STRONG START, BRIGHT FUTURE" Back-to-School Bus Tour; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); EPA Official to speak at the Council's San Diego conference; E3 Initiative aims to assist manufacturing communities; Housing and Urban Development (HUD); HUD Secretary to join us at the Council's San Diego conference; September funder briefings; Labor (DOL); State; The White House; Asian American-Pacific Islander Initiative

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In this issue: Giving USA Report Released, Senate Finance Committee Releases White Paper on Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving, Baucus and Camp Plan Summer Tax Reform Road Show, Continued IRS Scrutiny
Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill and several Council members met with Congressional leaders today to deliver the important message that changes to the charitable tax deduction would diminish its value and have an undeniably negative

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