Over the last two years, conversations with community foundation leaders from across the country have deepened my understanding of the complexity and importance of your work. I have a personal commitment to advocating for the unique needs and priorities of community foundations, and the Council will continue to underscore your important work and its impact on the sector. I have specifically heard from many of you that proposed legislation around donor advised funds is a high-priority item from both an organizational and a public policy standpoint.
Donor advised funds (DAFs) continue to be a vital tool to cultivate new donor relationships and expand giving. At the same time, the accelerated use of DAFs has increased public scrutiny of this philanthropic vehicle. With conversations about legislation regulating DAFs active in several states and here in Washington DC, the Council is dedicated to protecting community foundations’ right to sponsor DAFs and to do so without undue administrative burdens. As we endeavor to best represent your interests to policymakers and government agencies, we will listen deeply and engage with our members so that we can understand the varying points of view on the issues. To that end, in April:
- Council leadership joined community foundations and national DAF sponsors on calls with the Treasury Department to ensure that policymakers are aware of the data behind DAFs and concerns about regulation.
- David Kass, Council Vice President of Government Affairs, and Mason Rummel, President of the James Graham Brown Foundation and Co-Chair of the Council’s Public Policy Committee, held a members-only call to share information and answer questions about the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving draft proposal. Council members can view the recording to learn more.
To ensure that the Council’s policy team represents your interests, we are joining a number of listening sessions with community foundations around the country over the coming months. To add your voice and perspective, please email or set up a call with Jenn Holcomb, our Director of Government Affairs.
I’m excited to have the chance to keep in touch and stay connected with each of you through this monthly newsletter, which will highlight the work of community foundations and keep you updated on Council programming and resources that advance your work.
Please contact me if you have any feedback about the Council's support for your work.
Until next time,
President & CEO
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Question: How far can community foundations push the IRS envelope of granting to local for-profit newspapers and radio stations?
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