ACR in the News

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

  • 11/05/2014 GOP’s Senate Wins Boost Prospects of Tax Changes for Nonprofits - Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 10/24/2014 Donor-Advised Fund Spend-Down Proviso May Be Cut From Future Tax Overhaul Drafts - Bloomberg BNA

  • 10/17/2014 In our opinion: Where has the family values agenda gone? - The Deseret News

  • 10/12/2014 Health of family 'indivisible from destiny of nation,' Sen. Mike Lee tells philanthropists - The Deseret News

  • 10/12/2014 Sen. Mike Lee: Health of family 'indivisible from destiny of nation' - KSL

  • 10/10/2014 Jon Huntsman Sr. honored for philanthropy - Cache Valley Daily

  • 10/10/2014 Jon Huntsman Sr. awarded Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership - The Seymour Tribune

  • 10/10/2014 Jon Huntsman Sr. honored for philanthropy - KSL

  • 10/10/2014 Jon Huntsman Sr. honored for philanthropy - The Daily Herald

  • 10/10/2014 Jon Huntsman Sr. awarded Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership - Greenfield Reporter

  • 10/09/2014 Simon Prize for philanthropic leadership awarded to Jon M. Huntsman Sr. - The Deseret News

  • 09/24/2014 Dark Money - National Review Online

  • 07/25/2014 How Greens Hijacked Natural Gas - Real Clear Science

  • 07/18/2014 Morning Tax - Politico

  • 07/17/2014 House strengthens tax breaks for charitable giving - The Business Journal

  • 07/17/2014 House Passes America Gives More Act - The Nonprofit Times

  • 07/16/2014 House to Vote on Bill to Encourage Charitable Giving - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 07/10/2014 Founding Fathers' Philanthropy: America's Strong Giving Tradition - Alexandria Times

  • 06/09/2014 Schooling Journalists In Religion - Action Institute Power Blog

  • 06/05/2014 Donor-Advised Funds Hoping to Roll Back Spend-Down Mandate in Camp Tax Overhaul - Bloomberg BNA

  • 05/30/2014 Charities adopt bunker mentality on taxes - The Hill

  • 05/29/2014 House panel passes Paulsen legislation simplifying tax code for charitable foundations - ECM Publishers

  • 04/23/2014 Billionaires Wield Greater Power Through Charitable and Political Donations - Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • 04/23/2014 Huntsman 2014 Simon prize winner - Philanthropy Daily

  • 04/21/2014 Jon M. Huntsman Sr. to receive prestigious philanthropic leadership honor - The Deseret News

  • 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)

    BLOG: ACR Expertise Highlighted in Coverage of Elections

    A couple of articles published and circulated Wednesday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy featured comments from staff and a member of the Alliance for Charitable Reform regarding the results of Tuesday’s elections. The Chronicle interviewed several nonprofit leaders, including ACR Executive Director Sandra Swirski, for an article analyzing the prospects of tax reform with Republicans taking control of the Senate and expanding its membership in the House of Representatives.

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    Donor-Advised Fund Spend-Down Proviso May Be Cut From Future Tax Overhaul Drafts

    By Diane Freda, Bloomberg BNA

    Reproduced with permission from Daily Tax Report, 204 DTR G-7 (Oct. 22, 2014). Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

    Oct 21 - A five-year spend-down requirement for donor-advised funds might be eliminated in future drafts of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, a House Ways and Means senior staff member said.

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    ACR News 10.17.14—Wyden, Hatch, and Boehner Comment on Tax Reform

    >> Federal: Washington Roundup
    >> Federal: Annual Meeting Completed
    >> Consider This: Powerful Imagery
    >> Top Reads: Give to Charity Like Bill Gates…Without Being Bill Gates

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    ACR News 07.28.14: House Passes Legislation, Expert Analysis of Camp Draft, Looking Ahead

    >> Federal: Washington Roundup
    >> Federal: Chairman Ryan Pens Op-Ed
    >> Federal: Senate Continues Hearings
    >> Federal: Interview with Eugene Steuerle
    >> Federal: Outlook Through the End of the Year
    >> Consider This: Connecting with Lawmakers in August
    >> Top Reads: House strengthens tax breaks for charitable giving

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    House Passes Legislation Championed by ACR

    ACR Priorities Among Five Charity-Related Bills Passed by the House of Representatives

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Two legislative priorities of the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) were included in a package of five charity-related bills—HR 4719, the America Gives More Act—passed today by the House of Representatives. The ACR priorities included in the package will streamline the private foundation (PF) excise tax to a flat one percent rate and give people until April 15 to make charitable contributions applicable to the previous year.

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    Donor-Advised Funds Hoping to Roll Back Spend-Down Mandate in Camp Tax Overhaul

    By Diane Freda, Bloomberg BNA

    Reproduced with permission from Daily Tax Report, 108 DTR G-1 (June 5, 2014).
    Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

    Donor-advised fund representatives are hoping to dial back a proposed five-year spend down requirement that would be imposed on funds as part of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) draft Tax Reform Act of 2014.

    Under the Camp discussion draft, donor-advised funds (DAF) would be subject to a 20 percent excise tax on DAF contributions that aren’t disbursed to charities within five years. The tax would apply in every year the donor-advised fund fails to make the distribution

    Killing a payout requirement entirely may be difficult to accomplish, Sandra Swirski, executive director for the Alliance for Charitable Reform, told Bloomberg BNA June 3.

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    ACR News 05.30.14—Mixed Messages

    >> Federal: ACR in the News
    >> Federal: Washington Roundup
    >> Federal: Ways and Means Committee Markup
    >> Federal: ACR Webinar
    >> Consider This: Mixed Messages
    >> Top Reads: Charities adopt bunker mentality on taxes

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    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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