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David Biemesderfer, President and CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, issued a statement after Commerce Secretary Ross approved the inclusion of an untested question on citizenship status in his 2020 census questions submission to Congress.

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The final tax bill now being considered by Congress would cause significant harm to the charitable sector and those who charities primarily serve—low- and middle-income workers and families. United Philanthropy Forum urges lawmakers to vote No on the bill and start over.

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Our President & CEO, David Biemesderfer, explains how the current versions of the House and Senate tax reform bill would significantly hard the charitable sector.

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Our President & CEO David Biemesderfer releases statement in response to current tax reform proposals. 

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David Biemesderfer, president & CEO of the Forum, was recently on the More Than Money Philanthropy Panel at the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Funder Huddle in Denver on June 14.

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I recently attended a conference hosted by The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), where the session discussions and hallway conversations all made it clear that many foundation leaders right now are concerned with how they can have a stronger voice and greater impact in today’s complex, changing, and uncertain times. It is also clear to me that philanthropy cannot respond to this concern without the leadership of philanthropy associations and networks – philanthropy’s infrastructure.

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Lost this week amid the flurry of news about the firing of FBI Director Comey was the abrupt resignation of the director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau is facing major budget constraints and operational challenges that threaten its ability to conduct a fair and accurate census count in 2020, which is bad news for philanthropy and our country.

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A guest post from our member, Kristen Cambell, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

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If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new Presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all sectors to ensure they are being heard—philanthropy included.

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David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the Forum, looks back at last month's Joint Policy Institute held in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits.

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