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(BLOG): ACR Marks 10 Years




January marks 10 years since the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) was founded as a project of The Philanthropy Roundtable. To acknowledge this occasion, we unveil a special anniversary logo…

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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

1938 The Cloisters

One of the most unusual museums in New York City, or anywhere in America, is The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in far northern Manhattan. The structure is a unified assemblage of pieces of five separate medieval monasteries that were moved from France to the United States. The site is surrounded by elaborate gardens built precisely as described in medieval manuscripts, and housed inside are several thousand priceless objects created during the Middle Ages, including tapestries, manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork, liturgical objects, ivory sculptures, and furniture.

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CGC Urges New Congressional Members to Protect Charitable Deduction

ACR Among the Coalition Members to Sign, Send Letter

The Alliance for Charitable Reform joined in sending a letter from the Charitable Giving Coalition to newly-elected members of Congress urging them to protect the full value and scope of the charitable deduction as budget and tax-related legislative items are considered. See the full text of the letter below.

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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

2000: Paying for Lynx Habitat at Loomis Forest

The Canada lynx was added to the U.S. endangered species list in 2000. One of the five areas of “critical habitat” for the animal was Loomis State Forest in Washington, where up to half of the cats in that state were thought to live. Most of that forest was trust land managed by the state, with the proceeds from timber sales going to schools to pay for the education of local children. In 1998 the state of Washington offered to end timber sales on the land if conservationists could raise sufficient funds—within one year—to compensate the schools for loss of this lumbering revenue. A local campaign was launched to raise $13 million in donations from private individuals and foundations.

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ACR News 01.09.15 - New Year, New Congress, What You Need to Know

>> Federal: Washington Roundup
>> Federal: Ryan Takes Ways and Means Gavel
>> Federal: Tax Reform Remains a Hot Topic
>> Federal: A Look Back at 2014
>> Consider This: Hitting the Ground or Spinning Your Wheels
>> Top Reads: Are Donor-Advised Funds the Best Place for Your Charitable Dollars?


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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

1984: Hillsdale College Shifts to Private Funding


Founded in Michigan in 1844, Hillsdale College was built up in the early 1850s by hundreds of small private donations after professor and preacher Ransom Dunn rode more than 6,000 across the western frontier collecting funds to build a new hilltop campus. While eight out of ten American colleges founded before the Civil War would eventually close, this broad base of giving allowed Hillsdale to survive and prosper. Clear principles were central to Hillsdale’s appeal to donors. It was the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex. It was the second college in the U.S. to grant four-year liberal arts degrees to women. It was a force for the abolition of slavery. During the Civil War, 400 Hillsdale students fought for the Union, a higher level of participation than from any other western college.

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ACR News 12.22.14—We Couldn’t Have Said It Better

With the holiday season firmly upon us, and the new year right around the corner, we already have our sights turned to a busy 2015. In our final newsletter of the year, we want to share this five minute floor speech delivered on December 10 by outgoing House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI).

“There is no goodwill like that of an American,” Camp said. “As representatives of this great nation, we should do everything in our power to encourage individuals to give more and help charitable organizations expand their reach nationwide.”

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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

2014: Rehabilitating Arlington


When Robert E. Lee sided with his state instead of his nation and took command of the Confederate army, the U.S. seized his family estate located on a hill overlooking the nation’s capital from the south bank of the Potomac. Lee’s home—Arlington House, which was built as a tribute to his relative George Washington and modeled on the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens—was turned into a military headquarters. The grounds became the residence of several thousand liberated slaves, and then, in the third year of the war, a cemetery for men killed in the fight to preserve the Union.

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ACR News 12.12.14 - Down to the Wire

>> Federal: Washington Roundup
>> Federal: Congress Mulls Extenders Package
>> Federal: President Leaning in on Tax Reform?
>> Federal: Incoming Finance Chairman Release Tax Reform Report
>> Federal: Cardin Releases Proposal, Preserves Charitable Deduction
>> Consider This: Top Five
>> Top Reads: WH floats veto threat on charitable tax bill


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No Good Donation Goes Un-Sniped At

By Joanne Florino

Image © Heatherwick Studio
Image © Heatherwick Studio

As I read David Callahan’s November 30, 2014 New York Times opinion essay about the private philanthropy behind the planned Pier 55—a new offshore public park in a previously industrialized section of the Hudson River—I was reminded of one the old phrase: No good deed goes unpunished. While conceding that park-giving generosity is “admirable,” Mr. Callahan worries that “it also poses a threat to the ability of everyday Americans to have an equal voice in civic life” and “is part of a larger story about rising inequality and shrinking democracy.”

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