Public Policy

On February 19, 2016, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations regarding the prohibition on certain contributions to Type I and Type III supporting organizations and the requirements for Type III supporting organizations. The Council is leading the foundation field’s review and analysis of the proposed regulations. Please share with us (email: katherine.labeau@cof.org) how supporting organizations are valuable to your foundation. Your input will be reflected in our analysis and in the comments we submit to the Treasury Department.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: POTUS Sends FY 2017 Budget Proposal to Congress; Congress Requests Endowment Information from Universities; Crossroads GPS Group Granted (c)(4) Status; Borrowing from One's Agency Endowment; State Budget Challenges Raising Tensions, Anxiety for Nonprofits; FASB Outreach on Proposed Change to Nonprofit Accounting Standards; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Ways & Means Working Toward Tax Reform; Primary Season is Officially Underway; Adding Scholarship Restriction for Renewal Purposes; Emerging State Issue: Turning to States to Solve the Impasse Over Obamacare; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Hatch's Tax Reform Plan Could Impact Nonprofits; First Ways & Means Hearing of the Year Rescheduled; Contributing Trustee Compensation to a DAF; The Year Opens with State Budget Challenges and Opportunities; Op-Ed Calls for the Sector to Strive for Increased Charitable Giving; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Upcoming Ways & Means Hearing Will Address Tax Reform; New Changes to IRS Advisory Committee on Exempt Organizations; Update: New Jersey Hospital Property Tax Remains in Flux; Illinois Leading Efforts to Implement Federal Grants Reform; Philanthropy is Projected to Increase in 2016 and 2017; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: POTUS Delivers his Final State of the Union Address; Brady Expresses Intent to Take on Tax Reform; Reed to Introduce Bill on University Endowment Spending; Property Tax Exemptions in Flux; and more!

Before you engage with policymakers, it is important to have a solid understanding of the legal rules that apply. This webinar covers the fundamentals of how, when, and to what extent different types of foundations can engage with policymakers, their staff, or candidates running for public office. Through dynamic hypotheticals, speakers discuss what advocacy activity you as a foundation can do, what your staff can do, and what your grantees may do with your support.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Treasury, IRS Withdraw Proposed Rule for Gift Substantiation; DAFs & Child Sponsorship to Charities; State Policy Action in 2015 Predicts Focus Areas in 2016; Update on Financial Action Task Force (FATF); National Taxpayer Advocate Names 1023-EZ Third Most Serious Problem; and more!