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Ask your Representatives to Extend the Charitable Deduction to All Americans

New research shows that proposed changes to the tax code that are being considered as a part of a comprehensive tax reform bill would decrease charitable giving by $13.1 billion. The study, conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and commissioned by Indpendent Sector, confirms and gives shape to the notion of 'unintended consequences' of tax reform that our staff has been discussing with members of Congress.

Now is the time to tell your members of Congress to extend the charitable deduction to all Americans.

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*Note: Our legal team has determined that private foundations may engage in lobbying on this issue, as it qualifies under the self-defense exception. Learn more about the charitable deduction.

Ask your Representatives to Cosponsor H.R. 2386

On May 4, 2017, Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN), together with Congressmen Danny Davis (D-IL), Pat Tiberi (R-OH), George Holding (R-NC), and Richard Nolan (D-MN), introduced a bill to simplify the private foundation excise tax to a flat rate of one percent.

As we continue toward tax reform, it is going to be critical that lawmakers are prepared to stand up and speak out for the issues that impact philanthropy and charitable giving. 

Now is the time to ask your Representatives to demonstrate their support for strengthening philanthropy by cosponsoring H.R. 2386.

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*Note: private foundations may engage in lobbying on this issue, as it qualifies under the self-defense exception.

Ask your Representatives to Cosponsor H.Con.Res. 34

On March 17, 2017, Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced a resolution in the House to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the charitable deduction.

As we continue toward tax reform, it is going to be critical that lawmakers are prepared to stand up and speak out for the issues that impact philanthropy and charitable giving. 

Now is the time to ask your Representatives to acknowledge the significance of this work, and articulate the necessity of preserving and strengthening philanthropy by cosponsoring H.Con.Res. 34.

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*Note: a Resolution is not legislation, and therefore, private foundations are permitted to engage with their members of Congress on this.

Make your Voice Heard on Tax Reform

It's finally here. The moment we've been anticipating for decades: tax reform.

When the 115th Congress begins its session in January, they will hit the ground running to begin drafting this bill. But, your Members of Congress need to hear from you to represent your voice in the conversations that will shape what this looks like. 

That's why right now is the time to tell them what we do and do not want to see in that legislation. 

Ask your Representatives to Join the Philanthropy Caucus

House Philanthropy Caucus Co-Chairs Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and John Lewis (D-GA) issued a Dear Colleague Letter during Philanthropy Week in Washington 2016 encouraging their colleagues to join the Caucus. The Caucus provides an important forum to discuss issues critical to the work of philanthropy and an opportunity for Members and their staff to build and strengthen relationships with the philanthropic sector.

Take action by urging your Representatives to join the Philanthropy Caucus.

Ask Your Senators to Join the Philanthropy Caucus

Senate Philanthropy Caucus Co-Chairs, Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), issued a Dear Colleague Letter encouraging their fellow Senators to join the caucus. The Philanthropy Caucus provides elected officials and their staff with a forum to learn about the critical work of philanthropy and the challenges impacting charitable giving. It also signals to others their public support of the sector.

Take action by urging your Senators to join the Philanthropy Caucus.