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Philanthropic Achievement of the Week

1853: Connecting Orphans to Families

Charles Loring Brace was emphatic that the thousands of miserable homeless children roaming the streets of nineteenth-century New York had the “same capacities” and the same importance “as the little ones in our own homes.” That was an essential part of his Christian creed. But Brace also believed that “habits of life and the inner forces which form character” ultimately drive success and happiness, so it is important for unformed children to be given both love and good examples. He didn’t like traditional orphanages, which he thought fostered passivity and dependence, so in 1853 Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society and began helping boys and girls leave the streets and enter lodging houses that required small payments from the children to remind them of their capacity to support themselves. The society offered workshops and industrial schools that taught trade skills.

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ACR News 01.23.15 - SOTU, What it Means for You

>> Federal: ACR Summit
>> Federal: Washington Roundup
>> Federal: Republicans Reject Obama’s Proposals
>> Federal: Ryan Holds First Hearing, Outlines Committee Agenda
>> Federal: Chairman Hatch Unveils Tax Reform Working Groups
>> Federal: House Democrat Unveils Tax Proposal
>> Consider This: Ships Passing in the Night
>> Top Reads: 5 Policy Moves to Watch in 2015


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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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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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ACR Summit for Leaders



ACR Summit for Leaders
March 18, 2015
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20001

In 2014, we saw the release of a 1000-page tax reform draft, a new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and an election that shifted the balance of power in Congress. What can we expect in 2015? With new chairmen for both the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees– former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT respectively – we expect next year to be another significant year for tax policy.

With so many tax issues still to be debated, nothing is completely on or off the table. Given the new political landscape, now is not the time for the philanthropic community to stay on the sidelines. We hope you will join us at the 2015 ACR Summit for Leaders to learn about what we can do to protect private giving and educate lawmakers about the critical role of charitable organizations in a free society.

Registration: To register for the ACR Summit as well as other events of Philanthropy Week in Washington, click here.

 

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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ACR News 11.26.14—The Latest: Tentative Tax Extenders Deal in the Works

>> Federal: Washington Roundup
>> Federal: Latest Development: IRA Charitable Rollover Deal is Still Tentative
>> Federal: Updated Election Results
>> Federal: House Ways and Means Committee
>> Federal: Senate Finance Committee
>> Consider This: Big Picture
>> Bonus Consider This: Pardon Me
>> Top Reads: ACR Signs Letter Calling for Charity-Related Provisions to be Made Permanent


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