The powerful religious and moral revival in America during the early 1800s, known as the Second Great Awakening, spawned an outpouring of voluntary giving and the creation of many new charitable societies aimed at spreading Christianity and reducing social ills like drunkenness, violence, and slavery.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Houston-area homebuilder and philanthropist David Weekley has been named the recipient of the 2015 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, an annual award administered by The Philanthropy Roundtable that highlights the power of philanthropy to promote positive change and to inspire others to support charities that achieve genuine results. The prize is intended to honor living philanthropists who have shown exemplary leadership through their own charitable giving, either directly or through foundations they have created.
Submits Letter Recommending Specific Policies That Will Preserve Private Charitable Giving
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) submitted a letter today to two tax reform working groups of the Senate Finance Committee urging support for four charity-related provisions that will protect charitable giving.
When philanthropist Patricia Kennedy invited rock artist Prince to join her at the Joffrey Ballet in 1991, she didn’t think the shy star would say yes.
Prince was renting a mansion from her at the time, and had a reputation as a recluse. He surprised her by agreeing, and after seeing his first ballet, went home in excitement to write dance music. The Joffrey had been founded in 1956, and moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1982, with $1 million in debt and in danger of going under. Kennedy had long been one of its biggest supporters, and she gave extensively to keep the wolf from its door. This introduction of popular artist to formal art, however, may have been the biggest gift she ever gave the company.
Sometimes the vision and management direction a philanthropist offers to a project can be as valuable as his money. Financier Richard Gilder was a longtime member of the board of directors for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and served on its planetarium committee.
Congress passed a bill last week that extends the charitable deduction deadline for 2014 returns to April 15, 2015 for those donating to organizations supporting the families of two New York police officers killed in the line of duty in December. The bill, H.R. 1527, the Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015, is sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
In the opening session of the 2015 ACR Summit for Leaders, we had a bit of fun with messaging around the charitable deduction while conveying the critical importance of communicating to Congress that this part of our tax code must be protected. In this session four speakers delivered four different messages about the charitable deduction and audience members voted for the most persuasive message. The presenters and moderator were all members of the Charitable Giving Coalition, which has provided a unique and unified voice on Capitol Hill on issues affecting the charitable deduction since 2009.