Corporate Giving Programs and Foundations

Corporate Philanthropy refers to the investments and activities a company voluntarily undertakes to responsibly manage and account for its impact on society. It includes investments of money, donations of products, in-kind services and technical assistance, employee volunteerism, and other business transactions to advance a social cause, issue, or the work of a nonprofit organization. Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs traditionally play a major role in these areas.

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In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Council submits tax reform comments to Senate Finance Committee
  • Tax Reform Update: House committee approves budget, takes first legislative step towards tax reform
  • Senate Finance Committee to consider Mr. Kautter’s nomination today
  • In the States: Michigan court clarifies property tax exemption; California nonprofits object to burdensome contracting legislation

In response to a call for input on tax reform from Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Council submitted comments on behalf of our members detailing our position on a number of tax policy issues that will impact philanthropy and charitable giving. Highlights from these comments include:

The 2017 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey is now open. This annual survey is one of the most important and effective resources for our members and for the field and we encourage you to participate.

Data gathered in the 2016 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that participating private foundations reported an average return of 6.4 percent for the 2016 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2016) while participating community foundations reported an average return of 7.3 percent for the same period. (All return data are reported net of fees.)

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Tax Reform Update: Health care debate slows other legislative action, but Congress is still ramping up for tax reform
  • House Appropriations Committee to consider Johnson Amendment provision in a bill markup today
  • Senate Finance to hold confirmation hearing for Kautter
  • Trending in Legal Affairs: Funding public charities that lobby when multiple funders are involved

The Council’s Global Team is excited to welcome a new addition! Nicolette Gerald is a graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics. She will be spending the next two months with us as a summer intern before beginning her graduate studies in public policy this fall.

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a time during which we celebrate our origins as a nation of immigrants. The Council’s staff, its board, it strategic partners, its member organizations and the communities they serve are all inclusive of immigrants. As a national organization and a leading voice within the philanthropic sector, the Council takes great pride in the diversity represented by this immigrant population and the rich difference of perspectives it brings to the important work our members do. 

Editor’s Note: The Council’s legal team regularly receives questions regarding the data security of foundation operations and donor and grantee information. Lara Kalwinski, Senior Counsel, connected with Lucy Bernholz to find the right expert to break down these issues for us.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Hill Briefing on Charitable Giving and Tax Reform
  • Tax Reform Update: Brady Insists on Complete Overhaul Instead of Mere Tax Cuts
  • Senate Delays Health Care Vote, Complicates Tax Reform Timeline
  • In the States: Lack of budgets in three states creating challenges, calls to action; Demonstrating nonprofit impact in St. Louis