is the protection of philanthropic freedom – the right of Americans to choose how and where to spend their charitable assets. A project of The Philanthropy Roundtable, ACR educates legislators and policymakers about the central role of private charitable giving in American life and the dangers of legislative or political measures that would weaken or constrain the philanthropic freedom that makes such giving possible.
The current two-tiered tax provision is simply a disincentive for foundations to increase giving in any one year.
We're excited to announce that Supporting Exceptional Community Colleges will take place April 29-30, 2019 at the Conrad Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Last week, Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 1260) that would create a universal charitable deduction to allow all taxpayers, regardless of whether they itemize their deductions, to deduct their charitable donations. As you may recall, the number of Americans giving to charity has been steadily declining since 2006, a trend that is […]
The tax treatment of charitable giving isn’t an issue at only the federal level; individual states wrestle with these provisions as well. The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee just approved a bill that would allow Arizona residents to claim a charitable deduction even if they also opted for a standard deduction, meaning they did […]
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Last week, ACR was joined by former Congressman Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, and member of the ACR leadership team, on Capitol Hill to meet with key members of leadership and the tax writing committees. Mr. Chandler served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District from 2004 to 2013. In January, […]
The NonProfit Times reported this week on a poll conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which asked its members to respond to a number of questions about their 2018 fundraising. The survey asked respondents to compare this year’s fundraising to previous years, influential factors in their fundraising campaigns, the impact of the economy […]
Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, published an essay recently entitled “Putting Critiques in Perspective in Pursuit of More Effective Philanthropy,” in which he addressed “iffy critiques” of philanthropy. The effectiveness of philanthropy is too vital for us not to learn from successes or for us to be consumed by unproductive debates […]
One of the biggest questions that will be addressed during this tax season is how the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect average Americans. As you know, tax policy can be a difficult issue to navigate. Luckily, Richard Rubin and Heather Seidel of the Wall Street Journal produced a “cool” video […]
The Lexington Herald-Leader/ProPublica investigation into the Kentucky Secretary of State’s use of confidential voter records demonstrates the danger of giving partisan politicians and their staff access to sensitive private data of citizens: “In an appearance on MSNBC in July 2017, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expressed her vehement opposition to giving voter data […]
The Philanthropy Roundtable expressed concerns that privacy for charitable donors in Oklahoma could be compromised under a regulation being considered by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. The Roundtable submitted testimony to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission on Amendment 2019-02. “The regulation being considered by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission could seriously undermine the millennia-old tradition of allowing charitable […]