Public Policy

In this issue of Snapshot, you'll find: IRS Releases 2016-17 Priority Guidance Plan; FASB Releases New Accounting Standards for Nonprofits; HHS Resources to Address Health Crises in Your Community; So FATF Updated its Guidance: Now What?; Principles on New Funding Mechanisms Announced; Philanthropy Taking on Governments to Promote Nonprofits and Communities; Council Releases 2015 CCSF Report

For foundations that offer charitable remainder annuity trusts (CRATs), a new revenue procedure (Rev. Proc. 2016-41) offers a sample provision that may be included in the governing instrument of the trust (CRAT) and provides that the IRS will treat the sample provision as a qualified contingency within the meaning of § 664(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

In this issue of Washington Snapshot, you'll find: Your Lawmakers are in Their Home States and Districts!; White House to Host Broadband Summit; Charitable Trusts Available to More People Under New IRS Guidance; Scrutiny of Endowments, PILOTs Grow; UPDATE: Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption Preserved for Foundations, Nonprofits; #ReasonsForHope Campaign Reaches 90 Signatories

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Just Announced: Speakers for Upcoming Webinar; Universal Human Rights: What are We Sharing Across Borders?; DAFs, Incapacity & Powers of Attorney; Special Sessions Called to Address Unbalanced Budgets; Election-Year Nonpartisanship Under Scrutiny; Private Funding of Government Responsibilities on the Rise; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: New Tax Leadership for Senate Finance Democrats; White House Highlights Data in Response to Recent Tragedies; Council Launches Sustainable Development Goals Report; A Fund to Restore a Historic Building; Nonprofits, Funders Oppose Massachusetts Property Tax Mandate; Philanthropy's Role in Serving the "Public" Interest; and more!

There is no doubt that the US is suffering from what feels like the unravelling of social order. Recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas have heightened deep-seated tensions relating to race and criminal justice. The presidential election has felt more like a schoolyard brawl than democracy in action. And anger continues to grow among millions suffering from joblessness, poverty and disenfranchisement.

In this issue of Washington Snapshot, you'll find: Delayed Release for Hatch Corporate Integration Plan; IRS Publishes Regulations for 501(c)(4)s; Israel Passes Controversial New 'NGO Transparency Law'; The Legal Team is Available to Answer Members' Questions!; North Carolina Moves Toward Performance Assessments for State Programs

In this Week's Washington Snapshot: Field Signals Support for Preserving DAFs; Bill to Restrict Foreign Contributions Introduced in House; New Survey Results on Impact of DOL Rules on Nonprofits; Trending in Legal Affairs: 'Til DAF Do Us Part, 2.0; Happening in the States: New Fiscal Year, Same Old State Fiscal Challenges

The Advocacy Toolkit is designed to be a central resource for Council members and others engaged in the philanthropic space to learn about why it is important—now more than ever—for philanthropy to have a voice in policy, how to effectively use advocacy and lobbying to advance your mission, what the most critical or priority "asks" are for the sector at any given time, and to better understand the key policy issues that are top-of-mind for our sector.