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Event - ACR Fly-In/Speak Out: Preserving Charitable Giving

Join us in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2011

ACR Fly-In/Speak Out: Preserving the Charitable Giving

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011 (plus working dinner on Wednesday, October 5)
RSVP: Sasha Simpson (ssimpson@urbanswirski.com )

This week, the Administration proposed a new Jobs bill which is to be, in part, paid for with a substantial cut to the value of the charitable deduction…

In addition, we expect the Senate Finance Committee to hold a hearing on charitable giving incentives in mid-October.  The lead-up to this hearing gives us an additional opportunity to provide these Senators with the real-world impact of cutting the charitable deduction, which we hope will inform the debate and discussion… 

ACR is hosting a Fly-In/Speak Out to preserve charitable giving on Thursday, October 6th in Washington, DC (with a working dinner the evening before to prepare for the next day).

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Federal Legislation

President’s Jobs Plan Limits the Charitable Deduction

Yesterday, September 12th, President Obama released details on how he will finance the job creation plan he outlined to Congress last week. The $447-billion jobs bill (titled the American Jobs Act) would be paid for in part by limiting itemized deductions (including the charitable deduction) to 28 percent for families with taxable income of $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals).

The president has proposed limiting itemized deductions several times during his presidency including in his FY 2011 and FY2012 budgets and to pay for healthcare reform.

The nonprofit community has rallied in opposition. Sandra Swirski of ACR responds to the president’s plan in the Chronicle of Philanthropy noting “That’s exactly the wrong direction to go in… And at the end of the day, limiting the charitable deduction is going to hurt [those in need] the most.”

Also, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to hold a hearing in mid-October on charitable giving incentives, chief among them is the charitable deduction. We can expect plenty of activity aimed at Washington in the interim.

UPDATE: 10/7/ Charitable deduction cap pulled from the American Jobs Act by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Read more.

 

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Federal Legislation

Guide to the Congressional Super Committee

Consider This…

Below is your –hopefully– handy guide to the new Congressional Super Committee (“SC”).  All of Washington will be riveted by their efforts over the next 100 days.  Needless to say, we are paying close attention to their work.

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ACR newsletter (9.9.11)

Friday, September 9, 2011

The latest edition of the ACR newsletter is available below. Here are highlights:

Remembering 9/11
This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As the nation reflects on the events of that day, we acknowledge the lives lost and the generous outpouring of support from Americans and foundations to help victims and their families estimated at $2.8 billion. For other news and opinions on the 10th Anniversary and the nonprofit community’s response visit the dedicated section of the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website “The Lessons of 9/11 Philanthropy, a Decade Later”. Also, How Sept. 11 changed charity in America, CNNMoney (*source).

Washington Roundup:

  • Hearing on Charitable Giving Incentives Scheduled
  • Super Committee
  • Tax Reform
  • President’s Jobs Plan

Consider This: Guide to the Congressional Super Committee

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Events

Southeastern Council of Foundations 2011 Annual Meeting

Date: November 11, 2011
Location: Amelia Island, FL
Event: Southeastern Council of Foundations 2011 Annual Meeting

Sandra Swirski, Execuitve Director of ACR, joined Andrew Schulz, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, Council on Foundations, to provide an update on issues affecting private philanthropy at the federal level.

Events

Conference of Southwest Foundations Webinar

Date: August 16, 2011
Location: Online
Event: Webinar: Getting Their Attention: Communicating with Lawmakers When Your Focus Isn´t Theirs

Sue Santa and Mark Sedway, Project Director at the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, led a webinar on practical and LEGAL ways foundations can effectively connect with lawmakers to communicate the impact of their philanthropy upon their constituents, during District Days and beyond.

ACR newsletter (8.12.11)

Friday, August 12, 2011

The latest edition of the ACR newsletter is available below. Here are highlights:

Washington Roundup:

  • Deficit Reduction/Super Committee
  • Fall Preview

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Federal Legislation

Update - Deficit Reduction/Super Committee (8.12.11)

All attention in Washington this week has focused on the members appointed to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, a.k.a. the Super Committee.

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Federal Legislation

Update - Deficit Reduction/Debt Ceiling (8.2.11)

Congress approves and President signs debt deal, charitable deduction spared… for now

President Obama has signed S. 365, the Budget Control Act of 2011, into law raising the federal debt ceiling. The Senate approved the bill at 12:00 PM today, by a vote of 74-26. This vote occurred less than 24 hours after the House of Representatives approved the bill, by a vote of 269-161, and then promptly recessed until September 7th.

As you may know, the bill raises the debt limit by $2.5 trillion in two stages, which will provide the Department of the Treasury with enough borrowing authority to last until 2013.  This increase is paid for by an immediate $1 trillion in cuts from defense and discretionary spending…

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ACR newsletter (7.29.11)

Friday, July 29, 2011

The latest edition of the ACR newsletter is available below. Here are highlights:

Washington Roundup: Deficit Reduction/Debt Ceiling Talks

  • From Four Plans to Two
  • Update on the Charitable Deduction

Consider This: Raised Stakes – Issues under Scrutiny in Tax Reform

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