Public Policy

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!

The Council submitted a letter on March 31, 2016 in response to a request for information (RFI) issued in February by the Multistate Registration and Filing Project (MRFP)—an organization that works with the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to consolidate the information and data requirements of all states that require registration of nonprofit organizations performing charitable solicitations within their jurisdictions. The purpose of these comments is to provide the Council’s input as it relates to need of a single online portal, as well as the Council’s experience and knowledge of online platforms.

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!

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!

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!

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!

Join the Congressional Philanthropy Caucuses, staff, the Council on Foundations, and valued partners for a reception on Thursday, April 14 during Philanthropy Week in Washington 2016. This reception will celebrate and lift up the critical role of philanthropy in communities and the importance of engaging philanthropy as a stakeholder in policy discussions.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: This Week in Tax Reform...; Congress Grows More Skeptical of Universities; FASB Seeks Foundation Input; Single Portal Filing Project Seeks Information; Accepting Promissory Notes and Other Debt Instruments; Giving Incentives on State Legislative Agendas; and more!