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ACR News 07.28.14: House Passes Legislation, Expert Analysis of Camp Draft, Looking Ahead

>> Federal: Washington Roundup
>> Federal: Chairman Ryan Pens Op-Ed
>> Federal: Senate Continues Hearings
>> Federal: Interview with Eugene Steuerle
>> Federal: Outlook Through the End of the Year
>> Consider This: Connecting with Lawmakers in August
>> Top Reads: House strengthens tax breaks for charitable giving

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Event - 2014 Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar


The 2014 Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar for Private Foundations is scheduled for September 17, 18, and 19, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Penrose House Conference Center. The seminar is designed to update and inform managers, trustees, and founders of private foundations about the ever-changing tax laws that affect private foundations.

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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

1954 - Kidney Transplants and Dialysis

Kidney Transplants and Dialysis

In 1940, an estimated $45 million was spent on biomedical research in the U.S., only $3 million of it from the Federal government. World War II accelerated government health research, but as late at 1947 the entire budget for the National Institutes of Health was still only $8 million. Thus, the major force in funding biomedical research in the U.S., especially on the cutting edge, was private philanthropy. The most active foundation in this area was the John A. Hartford Foundation.

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House Passes Legislation Championed by ACR

ACR Priorities Among Five Charity-Related Bills Passed by the House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Two legislative priorities of the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) were included in a package of five charity-related bills—HR 4719, the America Gives More Act—passed today by the House of Representatives. The ACR priorities included in the package will streamline the private foundation (PF) excise tax to a flat one percent rate and give people until April 15 to make charitable contributions applicable to the previous year.

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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

1876 Appalachian Mountain Club

Charlies Bunion
In 1876, Edward Pickering, Thayer professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, convened a gathering of 34 men with a shared interest in mountain exploration and the outdoors on MIT’s Boston campus. Some of the attendees wanted to form a “New England Geographical Society,” but rather than create “one more learned society,” the attendees decided to create “a vigorous, full-blooded, ardent club” that would support actual outdoor adventuring by building paths and huts available for general use. By 1906 the Appalachian Mountain Club had more than a thousand members and managed more than 100 miles of trails and many cabins. Its success inspired John Muir and some professors from the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University to found the Sierra Club in 1892, though that organization soon veered in a different direction as a mass-membership political group, rather than an operating entity.

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ACR News 07.11.14—ACR Hits the Hill

>> Federal: Washington Roundup
>> Federal: ACR Hits the Hill
>> Federal: Ryan Pens Op-Ed
>> Consider This: Connecting with Lawmakers
>> Top Reads: Charitable Giving Chugs Along, Up 0.9%

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ACR Leaders From Across the Country Converge on Capitol Hill

Conduct Meetings with Tax Writing Committee Members

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(From left to right) Jan Preble, John Tyler, Robert Sharpe, Joanne Florino, Rep. Paul Ryan, Gineen Bresso, Adam Meyerson, David Wills, Brent Christopher, Linda Childears, Sandra Swirski, Rhett Butler.

The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) completed a full day of meetings Tuesday, July 8 with members and staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. The group of foundation leaders discussed some of the charity-related proposals being considered in tax reform legislation and other issues affecting the nonprofit sector.

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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

1990- Carnegie Hall is Rescued

Carnegie Hall is an architectural masterpiece from a musical standpoint, its history and magnificent acoustics making it the historic gold standard for American music halls. It is a classic treasure of philanthropy, having been opened for the enjoyment of the American public in 1891, a gift from Andrew Carnegie, who paid the entire bill for its creation, and whose family owned the hall until 1925. Over the decades, the world’s greatest performers delivered thousands of concerts in the facility, and the New York Philharmonic was in residence from 1892 to 1962.

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ACR Blog: Serving Our Veterans

On the eve of the celebration of Independence Day, we wanted to share an interview we conducted with Thomas Meyer who is the program manager of veterans services at The Philanthropy Roundtable. Meyer is also the author of Serving Those Who Served: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Assisting Veterans and Military Families. In this interview, Meyer explains how veterans are a source of great human capital for our country and discusses the approach philanthropy should take in supporting our nation’s veterans.

In addition to the interview, below is an excerpt from Meyer’s guidebook:

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ACR Blog: ACR To Meet With Lawmakers About Camp Draft, Part II

This is the second of a two-part series about the issues ACR members will discuss in meetings with congressional offices on July 8.

Our last post outlined the troubling provisions from the Camp draft that relate to the charitable deduction. In this post we will explain ACR’s concerns with the proposal related to donor-advised funds (DAFs) and identify the provisions in the Camp draft which ACR applauds.

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