ACR in the News

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Articles featuring the Alliance for Charitable Reform and/or The Philanthropy Roundtable:

  • 03/28/2014 The Charter School Performance Breakout - The Wall Street Journal

  • 03/23/2014 Some Grant Makers Get Savvier About Aid to War Veterans - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 03/11/2014 Honesty is the rarest policy - Philanthropy Daily

  • 03/04/2014 Cap On Deductions Proposed Again - The Nonprofit Times

  • 02/27/2014 Camp Tax Reform Plan Gets Charitable Giving (Basically) Right--But Threats Still Loom - Forbes

  • 02/24/2014 "Freedom, not mandates" - Philanthropy Daily

  • 01/31/2014 Senators Support the "Full Value and Scope" of the Charitable Deduction - Charitable Planning

  • 01/30/2014 THINK: In Detroit, foundations ride to the rescue - The Detroit News

  • 01/08/2014 The War on Poverty at 50 - National Review Online

  • 11/26/2013 Senators’ Letter Lends Bipartisan Support To Charitable Deduction - Associations Now

  • 11/25/2013 Charitable Deduction Attracts Broad Senate Support - Accounting Today

  • 11/20/2013 Lawmakers Get Earful On Protecting Charitable Deduction - The NonProfit Times

  • 10/30/2013 Debate: For A Better Future, Live In A Red State? - NPR News

  • 10/30/2013 Debate: For A Better Future, Live In A Red State? - KUOW News

  • 10/28/2013 $230 Million Given — and Counting: How Nancy and Rich Kinder are Determinedly Changing Houston Forever - Houston Map

  • 9/17/2013 Christy Walton, Wal-Mart Heiress And America's Richest Woman, Lists Wyoming Estate For $12.5 Million - Forbes

  • 7/10/2013 Could American Donors Be More Generous? - Think Advisor

  • 6/27/2013 Senators Seek to Know Why Charitable Deductions Matter - The New York Times

  • 6/27/2013 Finance Committee Asks Senators to Start Tax Reform Process - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 6/17/2013 The Stubborn 2% Giving Rate - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 5/8/2013 Philanthropy Roundtable Discusses Veterans’ Charities - Nonprofit Quarterly

  • 4/23/13 Baucus To Retire, Was Advocate For Nonprofits -- The NonProfitTimes

  • 4/22/13 Group Urges Ways and Means to Protect Charitable Giving Incentives -- Tax Analysts

  • 4/16/13 Untouchable Status of Charitable Deduction Dwindling Under Tax Reform Pressure -- Bureau of National Affairs

  • 4/11/13 Charity Reps Unhappy with Return of Proposed Deduction Cap -- Tax Analysts

  • 3/21/13 Senate Effort to Protect Charitable Deduction Divides Nonprofits -- Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 3/15/13 Senate Democrats Call for Limits on Charitable Deductions -- Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 1/20/13 Charities Worry New Tax Law will Cut Gifts -- Desert News

  • 1/16/13 Charities Fear New Tax Law Limiting Deductions for Big Earners as Precursor of Worse to Come -- Washington Post

  • 1/16/13 Charities Worry New Tax Law will Reduce Donations -- Associated Press

  • 1/16/13 New Tax Deduction Limits Worrisome for CharitiesWashington Times

  • 1/13/13 How Charities Won a High-Stakes Battle on Donor Tax Breaks -- Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 1/13/13 Key Players in Fiscal Cliff Tax Issues -- Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 1/13/13 Charitable Groups Fear Tax Victory in ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal will Prove Hollow -- The Hill

  • 1/7/13 Pease Limitation on Charitable Deductions Means Donors Pay More for Charity -- BNA's Daily Tax Report

  • 1/7/13 Deduction Limits Hit More Taxpayers than New Rates MSN Money, MSN Money

  • 1/7/13 Charging Through the Back Door -- Washington Free Beacon

  • 1/3/13 Video: Limits to Charitable Deduction in the Fiscal Cliff Deal -- HuffPost Live

  • 1/2/13 Deductions Limits Will Affect Many -- Wall Street Journal

  • 1/2/13 Nonprofits Call Cliff Deal a Victory on Giving Incentives -- Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 1/3/13 5 From the Nonprofit World Who Will Influence Public Policy in 2013 -- Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 2012 (click to expand)

    ACR on President’s Budget: Disappointed in Cap, Praise Streamlined PF Excise Tax

    Budget Proposal Also Includes the Buffett Rule

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) issued the following statement upon the release of President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which includes a 28 percent cap on the charitable deduction, the Buffett Rule and a streamlined private foundation excise tax.

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    The Year in Review

    A Look at Some of the Stories of 2013

    The holiday season is upon us, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the previous year. In that spirit, we have taken a moment to revisit some of the key events and news stories of 2013. We wish all of you a happy holiday season and look forward to a new year of continuing the critical work of educating legislators about the importance of preserving policies that encourage charitable giving and protect philanthropic freedom.

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    ’Tis better to give, but some give more

    By Jeff Jacoby

    When it comes to charitable giving, America is a world-beater. According to Giving USA, an annual compendium of national data on philanthropy, Americans last year donated more than $316 billion to charity, or roughly 2 percent of GDP. Contrary to popular belief, most of that money didn’t come from foundations or corporations. It came from individuals. In 2012, donations from private American households added up to about $223 billion.

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    Charitable Deduction, ACR Highlighted in Annual Meeting Opening Remarks (VIDEO)

    LOS ANGELES— Adam Meyerson, president of The Philanthropy Roundtable, highlighted the importance of the charitable deduction in preserving our nation’s civil society in his opening remarks at the organization’s annual meeting last Thursday.

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    Transparency Among Charities? Sure, Just As Long As It’s Not Mandated

    By Alejandro Chafuen, Atlas Economic Research Foundation President

    “To my friends everything, to my enemies, the law.”  This principle of government action has been attributed to diverse Latin American totalitarian populists.  Unfortunately it seems it could well apply to the Obama administration.  Using this principle to guide the monitoring of philanthropic activities in the United States can have a major destructive impact.

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    Report: Eliminating Charitable Deduction Will Cost Economy 131,000 Jobs

    Tax Report Asserts Economic Benefits of Charitable Deduction

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) commented on a report released today by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group, affirming the economic benefits of the charitable deduction.

    “Today’s report further emphasizes how the current charitable deduction generates private giving to help those most in need,” Sandra Swirski, executive director for ACR, said. “This report also reminds us of the important role that the charitable sector plays in our economy in terms of jobs.”

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    Charity Reps Unhappy With Return of Proposed Deduction Cap

    by Fred Stokeld, Tax Analysts

    APRIL 11 - Representatives of the charitable community are disappointed that a proposal to reduce the value of the deduction for charitable contributions to 28 percent for higher-income taxpayers, which has appeared in every budget President Obama has proposed, resurfaced in the latest budget blueprint released April 10.

    Last winter, charities were relieved that a percentage or dollar cap on the deduction, which they believe would cause charitable giving to decline, was not part of the fiscal cliff deal. (Prior coverage.) They also were pleased by reports that the Obama administration, which in prior years has proposed a cap on itemized deductions to pay for deficit reduction and healthcare reform, was willing to consider an exception for charities. (Prior coverage.)

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    Charitable Coalition Launches New Site

    The Hill, 4/4/13

    The Charitable Giving Coalition has launched a new website aimed at protecting the charitable deduction, in the nonprofit sector’s latest effort to protect the tax break from tax reform or a grand deficit bargain.

    According to a release, the site will highlight how charitable giving helps communities around the country.

    “We are fully committed to helping lawmakers understand the unique nature of the charitable deduction – and that it’s not a loophole, but a lifeline,” Sandra Swirski, executive director of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, said in a statement. “It’s unique because it encourages individuals to give away a portion of their income for the benefit of others.”

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    Foundations to Congress: Tamper with Charitable Deductions and Communities Lose

    Sector Leaders Tell Lawmakers Limits, Caps Not a Solution to Fiscal Crisis

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Millions of people throughout America are at risk of losing crucial nonprofit services if Congress enacts limits to the century-old charitable tax deduction. Hundreds of foundation and philanthropic leaders are in Washington, D.C. this week to make sure lawmakers understand that unraveling the charitable deduction is not a solution to the budget crisis.

    The timing is key as Congress and the president tackle deficit reduction and tax reform. The House and Senate both released their budget plans last week and the proposed Senate budget suggests limits to itemized deductions – one of which is the charitable deduction – putting at risk billions of dollars in charitable donations.

    “The charitable deduction is unlike anything else in our tax code, encouraging people to invest in their communities without personal gain,” said Kevin Murphy, president of the Berks County Community Foundation in Pennsylvania and board chair of the Council on Foundations. “Limiting the charitable deduction would have the greatest impact on those who need the most help, especially during tough economic times. How could we possibly limit or tamper with incentives that allow people to give away their income to benefit others?”

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    Grand Bargain and the Charitable Tax Deduction: What the White House Doesn’t Understand

    by Howard Husock, Forbes

    MARCH 8—The whiff of a so-called grand bargain to address the looming combination of long-term federal budget deficits and ever-growing entitlement costs is back in the air, thanks, in part, to what Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer and Kathleen Hunter have described as President Obama’s “charm offensive”, including dinner with members of the other political party. “With $1.2 trillion in spending cuts mandated over the next nine years and short-term government funding set to expire on March 27,” they write, “lawmakers say the coming weeks could provide the chance for a long-term deficit-reduction bargain that has eluded Congress and Obama.” It’s clear, however—as reported by the Chronicle of Philanthropy–that the White House will continue to push for such a bargain to include new limits on the value of the charitable tax deduction. Indeed, new Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified, during his Senate confirmation hearings, that capping charitable deductions at 28 percent of their value, even as the top marginal income tax rate rises to 39.6 percent, should be part of “an even-handed approach” to tax reform—which would limit the value of all itemized deductions. (Lew’s testimony was first highlighted in a press release issued by The Philanthropy Roundtable.)

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