Public Policy

Join the Council for a quick 30-minute update on end-of-year congressional activity that will impact your work. Hear the latest on the state of play from our seasoned Capitol Hill consultants, and learn how you can take action on the charitable “tax extenders,” including the IRA Charitable Rollover, through our 5 Minutes for Philanthropy advocacy campaign.

These sample messages are in support of: Permanently extending the 1) IRA Charitable Rollover, 2) enhanced deduction for contributions of food inventory, and 3) enhanced deduction for contributions of conservation easements; Expanding the IRA Charitable Rollover to allow gifts to donor advised funds.

As the end of 2015 nears and Congress gears up to take action before the session ends, the philanthropic sector is coming together to make our voice heard.

This webinar will provide an overview of the new National Resource Network (NRN) and explore how place-based foundations can bring these resources to Mayors and local governments. The NRN is a new partner consortium, funded by a $10 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, that helps cities comprehensively tackle their toughest economic challenges. Hear how you can bring experts from NRN to assist local leaders to identify practical solutions, adopt best practices, and build the strategic partnerships needed to marshal public and private sector resources for economic growth and prosperity for all. The NRN works closely with HUD and the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Urge Congress to Make Charitable Tax Extenders Permanent; New PRI Bill Introduced in Senate; Ways & Means Subcommittees; Input Needed: Council Comments on IRS Gift Substantiation Proposal; FATF Seeks Comments from Nonprofits; State Budget Challenges Continue, Worsen; Community Foundation Week Highlights; DC Bar Event on Private Foundation Rules; and more!

Immigration reform is a hot topic on the national scene as the 2016 presidential election looms. While no consensus legislation has emerged on Capitol Hill to date, our guests discuss how funders can play a role in educating federal, State, and local policymakers on the impacts of pro and con policies. They also discussed how the presidential candidates' posturing is likely (or not) to impact national policy and when. Get an update about federal Executive Branch actions being taken to implement the President's 2014 Executive Order. Hear a rack up of State and local government actions on pro-immigrant expansion efforts. Explore what funders can do to promote sensible policies that insure fair treatment of immigrants and their families.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Don't Miss out on Community Foundation Week; News from the Hill; Regulatory News; Happening Around the Globe; Trending in Legal Affairs; Happening in the States; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!