State Legislation

Alliance for Charitable Reform continues to identify and respond to challenges to the charitable community at the state level.

ACR Blog: Maine Partially Removes Cap on Charitable Contributions

Philanthropists, foundations, and other charitable organizations continue to fight against harmful legislation that curtails private charitable giving. Hawaii, North Carolina, Missouri, Montana, and Kansas are just a handful of states who have acted within the last year to pass legislation that would positively impact charitable giving. For example, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill last July that eliminated a cap on charitable deductions that had been in place for two years. Maine is the most recent state to take action.

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ACR News 04.04.14

Camp to Retire, Tax Extenders Advance, Some High Praise Offered

>> Federal: Camp Announces Retirement
>> Federal: Tax Extenders Move Forward
>> Federal: Ryan Releases Budget Blueprint
>> Consider This: Some High Praise
>> Top Reads: GOP Tax Reform’s Effect on Charitable Giving


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ACR Blog: State Lawmaker in Michigan Looks to Reinstate Charitable Deduction

Due to the lack of action on federal tax policy, many states have taken on the task of rewriting portions of their tax code.  Michigan is just such an example.

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America’s Philanthropic Spirit Thrives on Freedom, Not Mandates

By Adam Meyerson

The Philanthropy Roundtable is deeply concerned about recent remarks made by Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, before a leading regional association of grantmakers:

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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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Charitable Giving Tied to State Tax Deduction Decisions

By Elaine S. Povich

States that have tinkered with one of the most sacrosanct of all tax write-offs – state income tax deductions and credits for charitable contributions – have seen their local charities suffer the backlash. Their decisions offer insight for other states and for federal officials who are contemplating reducing or eliminating tax incentives for charitable giving.

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ACR News 7.26.2013 - ‘Blank Slate’ Tax Reform Deadline

>> Federal: ‘Blank Slate’ Tax Reform Deadline; Markups Scheduled for Fall”
>> Federal: The Chairmen Meet with Treasury Secretary
>> Federal: Max & Dave Road Show, Part II
>> Federal: IRS Investigation Not Going Away
>> Consider This: Next Steps on Tax Reform
>> Top Reads: ACR to Senate: Support Charitable Giving in “Blank Slate” Approach


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Patricia Read, Hot State Topics

ACR Summit for Leaders 2013, March 19, Washington, D.C.


State and local governments are under increased budget pressure exacerbated by recent, and likely further, federal spending cuts.  In many cases, states are curtailing tax breaks to raise more revenue, raising tax rates and fees, and are cutting their own spending.  This panel will identify some of these trends.

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Save the Date - 2012 ACR Summit for Leaders

Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars for the Alliance for Charitable Reform’s third annual Summit for Leaders on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

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State Legislation

State Alert: Massachusetts Board & Executive Compensation

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment as part of the Senate budget to prohibit public charities from providing board compensation without prior approval from the state Attorney General.  The amendment also provides that the AG may review executive compensation and, if the AG does a review, must report findings to the legislature.  This budget measure did not survive conference committee negotiations.  Nonetheless, it remains a priority of the state attorney general. The provision on board compensation is similar to a bill sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Martha Walz earlier in the session.

Current Status

The Senate bill (S. 824 and companion S. 825) are currently under consideration by the legislature.

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