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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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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 the 2020 census and the proposed citizenship question, new nonprofit legislation and a study from the Joint Economic Committee, and member updates on donor-advised fund legislation in California and the new Endow Mississippi tax credit in Mississippi. 

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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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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 the 2020 census, the House Ways and Means hearing on the 2017 tax law, and proposed legislation from Senator Wyden on charitable donations to colleges and universities. 

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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 the House Ways and Means Hearing: The 2017 Tax Law and Who It Left Behind.

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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 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 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) and PolicyWorks Institute, Universal Charitable Deduction legislation (H.R. 1260), 2020 Census, UBT repeal, and the Johnson Amendment. 

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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 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 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) and PolicyWorks Institute, Opportunity Zones, appointments to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, and the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act (H.R. 651). 

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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 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) and PolicyWorks Institute, various policy proposals for charitable giving tax incentives, census 2020, and the H.R. 1 bill.

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