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The Forum Policy Update is a bi-weekly update covering public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector. The latest version highlights federal updates on comprehensive tax reform, the Johnson Amendment, 2020 Census; state updates on South Carolina's Pay-for-Success program, Connecticut's budget crisis; and resources available from last month's Policy Institute. 

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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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The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers has released a statement in response to the White House executive order on the Johnson Amendment.

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

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More than 250 philanthropy leaders from across the nation are gathering on Capitol Hill starting today to urge lawmakers to value and strengthen charitable giving in America.

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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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We are compiling a list of resources, news items, and programming for post-election resources. Please send additional suggestions to info@givingforum.org.
 

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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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