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 in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Christopher Arneson – Tax Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Staff
  • Mark Warren – Tax Counsel, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and former Tax Counsel to the Ways and Means Committee under Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) (invited)

The Congressional and Administration Staff Panel is off the record.

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 at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Alex advises tax-exempt organizations in planning, structuring, and transactional matters. He also represents taxpayers under audit, and helps organizations improve their governance and enhance their tax compliance. Alex counsels taxpayers seeking administrative guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and US Department of the Treasury, as well as on legislative matters with the US Congress. His tax-exempt clients include charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and other nonprofit organizations.  Formerly, Alexand served as counsel to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
  • Harold Hancock – Partner at McGuireWoods LLP, Harold serves as a strategic federal tax advisor to clients in a wide range of industries. Formerly, Harold served as tax counsel to the Ways and Means Committee.
  • Wes Coulam – Member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he represents clients before Congress and the Administration and provides services related to a broad range of policy areas, including non-profits.

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 of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. Tyler often speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings, and she provides commentary on church-state issues to the media. A member of the Texas and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, she has experience working in Congress, in a private legal practice and serving as a law clerk for a federal judge.
  • Christina Holcomb – Christiana Holcomb serves as legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Christian Ministries. Since joining ADF in 2012, Holcomb has worked to defend the constitutionally protected freedom of churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to exercise their faith without government interference. She has also advocated for the right of pastors and churches to be free from IRS censorship via the unconstitutional Johnson Amendment and has defended the bodily privacy rights of students.

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