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Highlights of This Edition

  • Submit Session Proposals for this Year’s Philanthropy + Policy Institute
  • Post-FOTH Action: Reminding Lawmakers and Staff About Co-Sponsoring the Charitable Act
  • Forum Members Invited to Attend Upcoming Hearing on DAFs at Treasury

Key News + Announcements

Submit Session Proposals for this Year’s Philanthropy + Policy Institute

United Philanthropy Forum’s Philanthropy + Policy Institute will take place virtually in early October 2024.

The Policy Institute is the premier opportunity for sector leaders and advocates to learn together and bolster their policy and advocacy capacity. Formulated to cultivate and reinforce the public policy skill set of PSO leaders, staff, and their foundation members, #PPI2024 aims to foster a strategic and collective approach to advocacy, public policy, and government relations.

Building on last year’s success, the Forum invites member input for session design and proposals. Forum members are encouraged to submit session ideas that seek to inform attendees about public policy as a practice and build their advocacy capacity.

Session Proposal Guidelines

  • Staff from Forum member organizations are encouraged to submit session proposals via our online survey form by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
  • Proposals should include ideas for workshops, training, panel discussions, and/or guest speakers.
  • Session proposals should be constructed to foster dialogue, share expertise, and highlight valuable takeaways for attendees.

We look forward to session submissions! If you have questions about submitting a session proposal, please contact Forum Senior Director of Public Policy Matthew L. Evans.

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Post-FOTH Action: Reminding Lawmakers and Staff About Co-Sponsoring the Charitable Act

Thanks, in part, to the efforts of #FOTH2024 participants, ten new co-sponsors have been recently added to the Charitable Act in the House, including two members of the Ways and Means Committee. This brings the House co-sponsor total to 52, with even more to be added soon.

The Forum urges FOTH attendees to continue to follow up with lawmakers and/or staff to thank them for their time and ask if they have committed to co-sponsoring the bill. Thanks to those of you who already circled back and helped garner the support of these new co-sponsors.

OMB Publishes Revised Standards for Race and Ethnicity Data

On March 28th, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the results of their Statistical Policy Directive No. 15 (SPD 15) review and issued updated standards for maintaining, collecting, and presenting race and ethnicity data. These efforts aim to improve federal race and ethnicity statistics and ensure data more accurately reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. population.

The Census Bureau will begin the process of reviewing the updated SPD 15. The agency will determine a regular cadence for communications as it develops plans to implement the changes in its censuses and surveys.

Learn more about the results and updated standards.

Organizations Invited to Sign Letter in Support of FY 2025 Census Funding

The Census Project has drafted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations (CJS) Subcommittees urging them to provide the Census Bureau with $2 billion in FY 2025 and oppose any proposals that would use the agency as a funding offset.

Organizations are invited to support The Census Project’s efforts by signing the letter before COB (ET) Tuesday, April 9th.

Read the full letter to learn more.

Senators Consider How to Advance House-Passed Tax Bill

The $78 billion business-and-child tax break bill is on hold for another two weeks, per Bloomberg Government. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR), before the break, predicted a grassroots campaign in that time to build support for the bill.

Even though the Senate majority leader took steps to bring the bill to the floor, it still faces opposition from high-level GOP senators.

The Forum monitors this bill closely and will update the sector about chances to advocate for the inclusion of the Charitable Act.

PSO Resources + Updates

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Matthew L. Evans Speaks at PEAK Grantmaking Annual Conference

Last week, Forum Senior Director of Public Policy Matthew L. Evans joined PEAK2024 in Seattle to speak about the role of foundations and PSOs in public policy and advocacy. As part of a continued effort to motivate the broader sector, Matthew emphasized that public policy and advocacy work provide vital tools for addressing systems change.

In addition to grantmaking, he highlighted that foundations, with PSOs as catalysts, have the opportunity, through collaborative advocacy efforts, to make a deeper impact for the communities we work in and with. The presentations fit into an ongoing initiative in which Forum programming details how this intentional strategy is necessary to impact systems change, racial equity, and justice.

Matthew’s next presentation on this topic will take place at ABFE’s annual convening, Harambee, April 27th, in St. Louis, Missouri. In the coming weeks and months, the Forum policy team will all also host programming for Forum networks members, to continue this dialogue.

Forum Members Invited to Attend Upcoming Hearing on DAFs at Treasury

In response to the recent comments Treasury received on proposed DAF regulations, the department released a notice of hearing on “proposed regulations regarding excise taxes on taxable distributions made by a sponsoring organization from a donor-advised fund (DAF), and on the agreement of certain fund managers to the making of such distributions.”

The public hearing on these proposed regulations has been scheduled for May 6, 2024, at 10 a.m. ET. The IRS must receive speakers’ outlines of the topics to be discussed at the public hearing by April 5, 2024. The Forum will participate in this hearing, which takes place at the IRS in Washington, D.C.

Forum members interested in participating are encouraged to email Matthew L. Evans, Senior Director of Public Policy at the Forum.

Resource Spotlight: New Report Finds Inflation Reduction Act Projected to Create Permanent Jobs in Rural Communities

A study published this year found billions of dollars allocated to small towns and rural areas under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have created more than 21,000 permanent jobs to date.

Communities in rural areas have received at least $20 billion in investments which have created positions paying nearly $2 billion in total annual wages.

Check out the results of the study

State + Local Public Policy News

Philanthropy New York and Partners Celebrate NYC Increasing Human Service Worker Wages

Philanthropy New York (PNY) is celebrating a milestone achieved by their partners at the Human Services Council of New York Services Council and other organizations. Thanks in part to their advocacy efforts, Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams announced a historic investment of over $740 million into raises for tens of thousands of nonprofit human services workers in New York City.

Find more details in PNY’s announcement.

Georgia State Legislature Passes Donor Intent Legislation

On March 26th, the Georgia state Senate passed a House-modified version of SB 433, which would require charities to abide by endowment agreements and provide “legal remedies” for violation. The so-called “donor intent legislation” passed with 44 yeas, nine nays, one abstention, and two excused.

The Forum follows this issue and will keep members updated. If you have questions about this or similar bills, please contact Senior Director of Public Policy Matthew L. Evans.

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The Philanthropy + Policy Update regularly features state updates from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Priorities Partnership (SPP).

State Partners Advocate Against Elimination of Income Tax

With proposals to reduce or eliminate state income taxes or other major revenue streams, State Partners are advocating for sustainable public revenues that could be used for affordable housing, child tax credits, and other community solutions.

Campaigns pushing back on inequitable cuts are being supported by Common Good Iowa, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, and the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

The Florida Policy Institute Launches Campaign Against Rolling Back Child Labor Laws

Last month, the Florida Policy Institute launched a rapid response campaign against the rollback of child labor protections. Their priority this legislative session is to remove or amend provisions that would rollback child labor protections in S.B. 460 and H.B. 917, and they provided testimony to the House Committee of Education and Employment in opposition to these bills.

Advocacy from Across the Forum Network

Census Equity Initiative, Census Counts, and FCCP Hosting Census Collaborative Convening

The Census Equity Initiative, Census Counts, and the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) are hosting the next Census Collaborative Convening on Tuesday, April 2nd, from 1:30 – 3:15 pm ET. The convening will cover recent updates from the Census Collaborative and how state leaders are integrating census, redistricting, and voting efforts.

There will be a post-convening meeting for funders and PSOs only from 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET.

Visit the convening registration page for details.

GIH and GIA Partner to Engage Funders in the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) announced a partnership last year to engage funders in advancing the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), legislation which affects the health of millions of older people in the United States.

As part of this campaign, GIH and GIA are hosting a webinar and have identified several upcoming opportunities for funders to inform the legislation.

AZ Impact for Good Shares 2024 Priorities and Leads Advocacy Day at State Capitol

AZ Impact for Good members gathered at the state Capitol on February 28th for the 2024 Nonprofits + Philanthropy Day of Advocacy. More than a dozen lawmakers, as well as members of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ team, joined nearly 90 nonprofit and philanthropic professionals for lunch and remarks.

Members met with legislators throughout the day to share AZ Impact for Good’s 2024 Public Policy Agenda and educate them about Arizona’s nonprofit sector.

Watch a video clip from the Day of Advocacy.

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