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2011 ACR Summit for Leaders

March 8, 2011, Washington, D.C.

Following is information about ACR’s annual public policy conference:

2011 SUMMIT FOR LEADERS

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.

A new Congress including the largest freshman class in more than 60 years has returned to Washington to tackle the continuing challenges facing our nation. This gives the donor and foundation community a tremendous opportunity to educate new members on the vital support we provide to individual neighborhoods, the nation, and the global community.

To help you think through the best approach for your organization, we invite you to attend the second annual ACR Summit for Leaders on March 8, 2011. The conference will include an overview of the 2011 political landscape and an exploration of various advocacy strategies available under the tax laws for donors and foundations to educate and influence policymakers. Foundation executives, nonprofit leaders, and others interested in public policy are invited to attend.

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Federal Legislation

Government Shutdown?

Consider this…

In just a few days, the federal government is due to shut down, absent a short or long-term agreement to keep it open.

Despite the perceived or real dysfunction in Washington, it has been quite a while since the government has closed its doors.  You have to go back to 1995-1996 when the government shut down twice: for three days on November 14-16 in 1995 and for several weeks from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996.  The whole affair proved to be very bad PR for Republicans. For those Republicans around now who were around then, there is no desire for a repeat performance.

As of this edition, here is where we are:

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ACR newsletter (2.25.11)

Current Issue

Friday, February 25, 2011

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

Washington Roundup

  • President’s Budget
  • Your Action Needed
  • Congressional Activity
  • Congressional Committee Hearings

Consider This: Government Shutdown?

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Events

Reception Announcement

Reception honoring Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

We are pleased to announce that we will honor
Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member,

SENATOR ORRIN HATCH (R-UT)

Tuesday, March 8
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Please join friends and supporters of the Alliance for Charitable Reform
as we hear Senator Hatch discuss the current legislative agenda.

Mark A. Prater, Chief Tax Counsel,
Finance Committee Minority Staff, will accompany the Senator.

Location:
Monocle Restaurant
On Capitol Hill, the senate side
107 D Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Shuttle service to the Monocle will be available
from the Capital Hilton hotel promptly at 4:45 p.m.

To RSVP (if you have not already), please email plee@philanthropyroundtable.org.
It’s not too late to you register for the Summit for Leaders to be held in the morning? Click here

Federal Legislation

Huffington Post: Charitable Deduction Cap Is Ill-Advised

United Way Worldwide comes out against the president’s FY 2012 budget

Brian Gallagher, president of the United Way Worldwide, pens an op-ed in the Huffington Post about the proposal by President Obama to cap the charitable deduction.

Here’s an excerpt:
The President’s budget proposal seeks to limit a vital incentive for charitable giving, the charitable deduction in the federal tax code.

It’s understandable that Congress and the Administration are committed to reducing the deficit, with the financial integrity of the United States being at stake. They are competing to find cuts to all manner of programs, many of which provide assistance to children and low-income families.

At a time when unemployment remains high, our nation’s most vulnerable families need more help, not less. States can’t fill the gap and most are cutting their human services budgets. As a result, more and more people are turning to charities for assistance.

Thus, any change to the federal tax code that undermines charitable giving is a bad idea…

Further Reading

Federal Legislation

President Obama Releases FY 2012 Budget Propsal

President’s Budget Calls for Sharp Reduction in the Charitable Deduction Again

In his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal, President Obama again included a cap on the charitable deduction for upper-income taxpayers. The provision proposes to “limit the rate at which high-income taxpayers can take itemized deductions to a maximum of 28 percent, affecting only married taxpayers filing a joint return with income over $250,000 (at 2009 levels) and single taxpayers with income over $200,000,” and it would take effect January 1, 2012.  It’s worth noting that the charitable deduction was NOT

singled out.  Like last year, the cap is on ALL itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction.

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ACR newsletter (2.11.11)

Current Issue

Friday, February 11, 2011

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

  • Friend Leaves the Senate
  • President’s Budget
  • Startup America Initiative
  • White House Council on Community Solutions

Consider This: B-Day Not V-Day! President’s FY 2012 Budget to be Unveiled on Valentine’s Day

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Federal Legislation

B-Day Not V-Day! President’s FY 2012 Budget to be Unveiled on Valentine’s Day

Consider this…

Here in DC, budget season is about to kick off with a vengeance. This year, the federal budget process promises to be messier than most.

We expect the President’s budget to be unveiled on Valentine’s Day and then promptly shelved.  Later in the week, the House intends to debate legislation to extend the operations of the government past March 4th for the remainder of the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2011.  We understand they plan to do so under what is known as an open rule - something more often seen in the Senate. Under this rule, during the budget debate any House member can offer an amendment to the budget bill, talk about it and then ask House members to vote on it – a tedious and time-consuming process.  This translates into a free-for-all on the House floor. Why do this? By allowing freshmen to engage directly in the legislative process and offer spending cuts, Republican leadership expects to amass political chips it can use down the road when they need votes for more meaningful legislation – such as voting to increase the amount of debt the U.S. can borrow (i.e., raising the “debt ceiling”).

Why do this? What about the substance of the budget? 

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Event Update: Speakers Announced!

2011 Summit for Leaders, March 8

New speakers include:

George Callas, Senior Tax Policy Advisor, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI)
John A. Edie, Exempt Organizations Tax Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Wendy Guillies, Vice President of Communications, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Jeff Hamond, Economic Policy Director, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Evan Liddiard, Senior Tax Policy Advisor, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Karen McAfee, Minority Oversight Staff Director, House Ways & Means Committee
Jon Pratt, Executive Director, Michigan Council of Nonprofits
William A. Schambra, Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute
Daniel P. Schmidt, Vice President for Programs, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

For more on the 2011 Summit for Leaders click here.

ACR newsletter (1.28.11)

Current Issue

Friday, January 28, 2011

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

Washington Roundup

  • State of the Union
  • House Ways and Means Hearing on Tax Reform
  • Exstate Tax
  • White House Council on Community Solutions

Consider This: State of the Union 2011: Prom Night for Democrats and Republicans

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