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Data continues to come in to confirm a disturbing trend in our country: growing inequities in who is giving to charity and who is benefiting from it. This comes amid a backdrop of an overall decline in charitable giving, fueled by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed by Congress

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The Forum's President & CEO David Biemesderfer makes a call for philanthropy to support the 2020 Census no matter what or were you fund and provides resources to learn more about funding on the national or regional level. 

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Philanthropy leaders have been coming together for Foundations on the Hill each year for the past 16 years to meet with our elected leaders in Congress, and I’ve participated in most of those annual events. 

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United Philanthropy Forum and 29 other foundations and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs), including 8 Forum members, signed an amicus curia brief that was submitted to the Supreme Court this week. The effort was led by the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and its Funders Census Initiative, Philanthropy California, and the Bauman Foundation.

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Last week the Twitter account for Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee sent out a cheery Tweet proclaiming that “Despite dooms-day claims that donations would drop, charitable giving amounts are at an ALL-TIME high after GOP #TaxCuts.

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Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer shares a reflection about how a grant from a small foundation back in the 1990s shifted his understanding of the value that philanthropy brings to our society.

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Forum's President and CEO David Biemesderfer encourages those who care about having a strong and vital philanthropy sector in our country to join the Forum and our members and colleagues across the country at Foundations on the Hill, March 11-13 in Washington, DC.

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Forum President and CEO shares reflections on some key findings from the recently released report, Strengthening Philanthropy’s Capacity to Engage in Policy: Progress Report on United Philanthropy Forum’s PolicyWorks Initiative.

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Our President and CEO David Biemesderfer reflects on the Trump administration's family-separation policy and how philanthropy should respond.

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Our President and CEO David Biemesderfer discusses the need for philanthropy leaders to step up and speak out in response to the tax legislation which may have a negative impact on charitable giving. 

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