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The Boston Marathon: A History of Charitable Giving

Today marks the one year anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy and we celebrate the triumph of those who have overcome catastrophe. Amid the horror, the American spirit of giving was on full display as complete strangers offered up their homes, their blood, their money, and other resources to help those in need. This spirit of giving is befitting of an event whose early history is centered on an act of generosity. The following excerpt from Philanthropy magazine’s Roadtrip Across Philanthropic America offers an insight into that history:

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ACR Blog: Diversity of Thought: Jefferson’s Influence on Philanthropy

“I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied and to do the most good for which it is capable.” -Thomas Jefferson

April 13 marks the 271st birthday of one of our nation’s most prominent founding fathers: Thomas Jefferson. While Jefferson clearly advocated for charity during his life, perhaps his most well-known philanthropic-related effort came when he offered his vast personal collection of books to reestablish the Library of Congress.

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ACR Blog: Wyden Reaffirms Support for Charitable Deduction, Troubled by Floor Proposal

Wyden_photoLast week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) publicly voiced concern over a proposal of a “giving floor” on the charitable deduction at the annual meeting of the National Council of Nonprofits. He also reiterated his stance that the charitable deduction is a “lifeline, not a loophole.” From the National Council of Nonprofits:

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ACR News 04.04.14

Camp to Retire, Tax Extenders Advance, Some High Praise Offered

>> Federal: Camp Announces Retirement
>> Federal: Tax Extenders Move Forward
>> Federal: Ryan Releases Budget Blueprint
>> Consider This: Some High Praise
>> Top Reads: GOP Tax Reform’s Effect on Charitable Giving


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The Charter School Performance Breakout

By Karl Zinsmeister

Chartering represents one of the great self-organizing movements of our age. It rose up in the face of strong resistance from the educational establishment. It has been powered by independent social entrepreneurs and local philanthropists. It is a response by men and women who refused to accept heartbreaking educational failures that the responsible government institutions showed no capacity to solve on their own.

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What do the Washington Monument and the charitable deduction have in common?

By Robert F. Sharpe, Jr.

As the scaffolding is coming down around the Washington Monument, we are reminded of the importance of protecting and preserving America’s iconic symbols.

Many might be surprised to learn that the Washington Monument restoration project was only partially funded by Congress on the condition that public dollars would be matched by private contributions. Fortunately, a generous individual stepped forward with the required matching funds.

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ACR Blog: Camp Not Seeking Reelection

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House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced Monday that he would not be seeking reelection this year.

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ACR Blog: State Lawmaker in Michigan Looks to Reinstate Charitable Deduction

Due to the lack of action on federal tax policy, many states have taken on the task of rewriting portions of their tax code.  Michigan is just such an example.

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ACR BLOG: Congress to Consider Tax-Related Typhoon Haiyan Legislation

Later today the House of Representatives will begin consideration of a bill seeking to boost charitable giving for recovery efforts related to Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines last November. H.R. 3771, the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, is sponsored by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and would allow contributions for Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts made before April 15, 2014 to count as charitable deductions for tax year 2013. With many taxpayers about to complete tax filing for 2013, this could significantly boost relief efforts.

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ACR News 03.21.14 - It’s Going to be a Bumpy Ride

>> Federal: Reactions to Camp’s Draft Continue
>> Federal: Tax Extenders Activity Expected Soon
>> Federal: ACR Summit Wrap Up
>> Federal: Private Giving and George Washington’s Library
>> Consider This: It’s Going to be a Bumpy Ride
>> Top Reads: Tax reform puts charity on the chopping block


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