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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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An Interview with Barbara Lucas

Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Discusses Private Giving and Washington's Library

MOUNT VERNON, VA—Barbara Lucas, regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, discusses the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and the critical role private giving plays at Mount Vernon.

This is the second of a two-part feature on private giving and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Click here to see part one of the feature.

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ACR Blog: Photos From 2014 ACR Summit for Leaders

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Suzy DeFrancis, chief public affairs officer for the American Red Cross, participates in a panel discussion at the 2014 ACR Summit for Leaders.

To see other photos from the 2014 ACR Summit for Leaders, click here.

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George Washington’s Library

How Private Giving Realized One of Washington's Final Desires



In a letter to James McHenry in April 1797, a recently-retired George Washington wrote of his desire to build a library at his home at Mount Vernon.

“I have not houses to build, except one, which I must erect for the accommodation and security of my military, civil and private papers, which are voluminous and may be interesting,” Washington wrote.

Washington’s desire was realized 217 years later when on September 27, 2013, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opened at Mount Vernon.

This is the first of a two-part feature on private giving and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Tomorrow we will share an extended video of our interview with Barbara Lucas, regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

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On Charity and Mortgage Interest: Obama Mistakes His Wife for a Hat

By Howard Husock

It’s just an aside in the White House budget for 2015—but it’s a very revealing one. In making the case for capping, at 28 percent,  the “value of itemized deductions and other tax preferences . . .for the wealthiest Americans”, the President declares:  “Currently, a millionaire who contributes to charity or deducts a dollar of mortgage interest enjoys a deduction that is more than twice as generous as that for a middle class family.”

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ACR Summit Wrap Up (VIDEO)

The fifth annual Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders was held on March 5, despite Mother Nature’s attempt to unravel the travel plans of those attending. Our audience members heard from three panels whose presenters addressed the potential impact of tax reform on the charitable sector and encouraged more education of our elected officials about the damage that would be done to our communities by any diminution of private giving.

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