Public Policy

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!

This year Philanthropy Week will kicked off with the Council’s Annual Conference and continued through the week with a host of activities. The conference theme – The Future of Community: Identity. Purpose. Place. – provided a timely and resonant backdrop for Philanthropy Week activities.

Attending Foundations on the Hill in April? Curious about how the fast-paced, animated, and often complex political environment can trickle down to influence your work? Wondering about whether tax reform will ever happen and, when it does, how these changes will impact philanthropy? During this webinar, you will hear how current debates here in our nation’s capital affect the work you do in your community. Experts discuss how what's happening on Capitol Hill could impact foundations, along with what is and is not on the radar screen of policymakers in Washington.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; IRS Releases Proposed Rules for Supporting Organizations; Philanthropy Weighs in on Pennsylvania Budget Impasse; South Carolina, Connecticut Announce New Pay for Success Deals; and more!

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!