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After almost 45 years of serving philanthropy, Forum member Philanthropy Northwest has updated its brand identity to tell a clear and concise story and showcase its vision for innovative, effective and equitable philanthropy.

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Forum member Funders Forefront is embarking upon a transformational new project that will provide a north star for the social impact sector and strengthen our commitment to maximizing its Members’ potential: FBRK Impact House, opening spring 2020. Once completed, FBRK Impact House will be Chicago’s first innovation-based philanthropy center dedicated to supporting and serving grantmakers, family foundations and impact investors.

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The Forum’s Governance Committee is currently inviting recommendations for candidates to consider for service on the Forum’s Board of Directors. The Committee is seeking Director candidates who can provide exemplary strategic leadership and guidance for the Forum as we work to maximize our network’s strengths to lead change and increase impact in philanthropy. The Committee is seeking to add three new Directors to the Board for three-year terms starting in July 2020

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Forum Policy Alert is a time-sensitive notification for United Philanthropy Forum members covering breaking public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector. The topic of this alert is legislation to simplify the private foundation excise tax, legislation to repeal the UBIT on nonprofits, and advocacy for the full-year budget for the census. 

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Join United Philanthropy Forum for our annual PolicyWorks Institute and Foundations on the Hill in Washington, DC, March 8-11, 2020. This is an opportunity to come to the Nation's captial to build your capacity in policy and meet with Congress to discuss pivotal issues in philanthropy. 

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As an effort to advance racial equity among Forum member organizations—and to support member organizations who are at different places on the continuum of equity skills and practice—the Forum is partnering with Change Elemental to create two Racial Equity Peer Learning Cohorts.

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Forum member Funders for LGBTQ Issues released a statement on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contracting rule change which announced that it would immediately allow discrimination against LGBTQ people and other vulnerable communities in its taxpayer-funded programs.

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Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer reflects on his experience at the Human Rights Summit in Tijuana and San Diego along with insights that he gathered during the trip.

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Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Candid, Carnegie Corporation of New York, CHANGE Philanthropy, Croatan Institute, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Peace and Security Funders Group, PEAK Grantmaking, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and The National Philanthropic Trust.

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Forum Policy Update is a regular update for United Philanthropy Forum members covering public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector.

Topics in the latest update include preparing for Foundations on the Hill, simplifying the private foundation excise tax, preparing for Census 2020, and reforming the charitable deduction. 

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