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Whether it’s ending homelessness or increasing access to opera, providing at-risk youth with the opportunity to receive a strong education, or protecting global human rights. Each of us is driven by a purpose. What do you stand for?
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Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the bipartisan "American Gives More Act of 2014," a legislative package that makes the IRA charitable rollover permanent and simplifies the excise tax on private foundations, both positions supported by many regional associations.

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The National Council of Nonprofits has released Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve, a report that examines the causes and consequences of five recurring problem areas in government-nonprofit contracting practices that involve billions of dollars.
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Philanthropy Northwest has just released two big new publications: "Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" and "Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is It Time to Step Up Our Game?"
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One year ago Philanthropy Ohio embarked on an initiative to create a tax incentive in Ohio law encouraging people to donate to permanent endowments at their local community foundations. THe bill has already passed the Ohio House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin, 84 -9. We caught up with Claudia Herrold, Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Policy at Philanthropy Ohio to find out more about the initiative's origins and what's ahead for this bill this year.

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Forum Board Chair and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers President Nina Stack has a new post up at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's blog in which she addresses the need for philanthropy to engage legislators on public policy issues impacting the sector.
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