13 March 2018

2018 ACR Summit for Leaders


Join us on March 13 in Washington, D.C. at the 2018 ACR Summit for Leaders – which will be held as part of United Philanthropy Forum’s annual Foundations on the Hill – to learn what we can do to protect private giving and educate lawmakers about the critical role of charitable organizations.

March 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Liaison Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Registration: To register for the ACR Summit, along with other events at Foundations on the Hill, click here. The ACR Summit is free of charge.

Updated Agenda:

Congressional and Administration Staff Panel –  Congressional and administration staffers will offer their unique perspectives on the lead-up to tax reform last year as well as highlight some of the concerns they’ve heard since.  They’ll offer lessons the sector can learn from that process, and insights into what lies ahead for the year. This opportunity to hear from and ask questions of those privy to the inner-workings of Washington is always a highlight of the Summit.

  • Elinor Carson Ramey, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Christopher Arneson, Tax Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Staff
  • Mark Warren , Tax Counsel, Senator John Thune (R-SD) (invited)
  • Rusty Mau, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC)
  • Sandra Swirski, Executive Director, Alliance for Charitable Reform (moderator)

The Congressional and Administration Staff Panel is off the record.

Johnson Amendment Panel – The Johnson Amendment – legislation that prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from intervening on behalf of or in opposition to political candidates or campaigns – was thrust into the spotlight last year when President Trump urged Congress to repeal it. While the Johnson Amendment was ultimately preserved in tax reform, the debate over repeal has divided many, even within the nonprofit sector. Some argue that the Johnson Amendment stifles free speech while others argue it appropriately keeps partisan politics and spending out of the charitable sector. With repeal still a goal of the President and many on Capitol Hill, this panel will host a broad discussion of the issue, featuring panelists offering both sides of the argument

  • Amanda Tyler, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Christina Holcomb, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Ryan Streeter, Director of Domestic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute (moderator)

Tax Reform Reflections and 2018 Predictions – Building on the insider perspectives we gain from the staff panel, practitioners and policy influencers will join us to reflect on the 2017 tax bill and what we might see in the sector as the law is applied. They’ll offer their perspectives on lessons learned and possible glitches in the new tax law – we expect there will be a few – of which the charitable sector should be aware.

  • Alexander L. Reid, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Harold Hancock, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Wes Coulam, Member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP
  • Sara Barba, Assistant Vice President, Urban Swirski & Associates (moderator)

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See you in March!