Public Policy

Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, led a discussion on the extensive, bipartisan research conducted in 2016 of 1,300 voters nationwide on their perspectives on the work of charitable organizations, societal influence, and participation in the policymaking process. Mr. Cardinali and other speakers from charitable organizations discussed the public policy implications of this research.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement; Rettig Hearing; House Leaders Willing to Discuss UBIT Issues for Tax Reform 2.0, Says Brady; President Trump Unveils Proposal to Reorganize the Federal Government; Treasury Releases Complete List of Opportunity Zones; Treasury targets SALT workarounds; Spotlight is on New York Following Major Upset in Democratic Primaries; Massachusetts Meets in the Middle on Ballot Measures, New Jersey Mandatory Online Registration.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot New Study Estimates $17 Billion Drop in Charitable Giving for 2018; Tax Cuts 2.0?; New UBIT Rules for Nonprofits Might be Delayed; Wyden Calls for Investigation in Misuse of Charitable Organizations; 2020 Census Public Comment Opportunity; Marc Short Leaving White House; In the States: New York Senate and Assembly Vote to Protect Nonprofit Transportation Benefits, Reprieve for Vermont Charitable Deduction, and Kentucky Taxing More Tax Exempts.

A list of resources that foundations and philanthropic organizations may find helpful around the 2020 Census.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot House Appropriations Committee Advances Measure to Weaken Johnson Amendment; New Analysis of the REDUCE Act; Trump Administration to Release Plan for Reorganizing Executive Branch; Primary Elections Held in ME, NV, ND, SC, and VA; In the State: Blue States Continue to Push SALT Workarounds, North Carolina Removing a New Tax on Tax-Exempts, and Non-Itemizer Charitable Deduction Proposed in New Jersey.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced the Reducing Excessive Debt and Unfair Costs of Education (REDUCE) Act of 2018 (H.R. 5916). The bill comes as part of a broad plan Rep. Reed announced in late 2016 to address college affordability. The proposal targets colleges and university endowment-spending practices and gift acceptance policies as a means of increasing affordability.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot: Bill Targeting University Endowments and Contributions Introduced; Charitable Giving Discussed at Senate Hearing; Attacks Against Johnson Amendment Continue; Ways and Means Announces Subcommittee Updates; IRS Provides Guidance for Grantmakers and Donors; Treasury and IRS to Propose New Regulations on SALT Workarounds; Senate Continues Review of President Trump’s IRS Nominee; Election Roundup; and, In the States: Mandatory Volunteerism State Expansion Update