The convening of the 117th Congress and the inauguration of a new presidential administration provides the Forum with an opportunity to apply a renewed focus to its public policy work over the next two years. To that end, the Forum has developed six public policy principles that will guide our work during that time.
Public Policy Resources
Forum members share what they are doing in terms of advocacy and policy due to COVID-19. Responses are compiled below by known organizations.
To those unfamiliar with Capitol Hill, the titles given to staff of Members of Congress can be confusing. In order to enable you to be most effective in communicating with Congress, we have listed the most commonly used titles and principal functions of key staff in your Representative or Senator’s office.
Details on the key roles of delegation captains during Foundations on the Hill.
Sample letter to request a meeting with your federal lawmaker.
Sample handouts and leave behind packets developed for Foundations on the Hill.
Letter led by Sen. Rounds (R-South Dakota) and joined by Sen. Cramer (R-North Dakota), urging the Trump Administration to continue the 2020 Census through Oct. 31.
Talking Points for Census
Explainer about the Census Bureau’s 99% goal, how it’s an inaccurate indicator of when the count should end, and the necessity of continuing self-response and field data collection operations through Oct. 31.
2020 Census Deadline Act Endorsement List
On June 22, 2020, the Forum submitted comments encouraging the Federal Reserve System to include a loan forgiveness provision and not to exclude nonprofits with less than 50 employees in the Main Street Lending Program to provide access to credit for nonprofit organizations (which are often led by and serve communities of color, communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic).
On June 9, 2020, Philanthropy Ohio President Deborah Aubert Thomas and Chief Communication & Public Policy Officer Claudia Y.W. Herrold submitted a letter to the office of Ohio State Senator Dave Burke of the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee, expressing support for support SCR14, which seeks to declare racism a public health emergency and pursue policies to eliminate racial inequities in the state of Ohio.
Independent Sector submitted written testimony to the Joint Economic Committee on June 9, 2020. The testimony was submitted for the hearing "Supporting Charitable Giving during the COVID-19 Crisis."
Charitable Giving Coalition submitted a letter to the Joint Economic Committee in regards to a June 9, 2020 hearing, "Supporting Charitable Giving During the COVID-19 Crisis."
A section-by-section summary of small business provisions in the PPP and Health Care Enhancement Act, passed by the Senate on April 21, 2020.
Charitable Giving Coalition letter to House Ways Means Chairman, Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), urging support for stronger charitable giving incentives in the next COVID-19 legislative package.
Use this resource as talking points for your Hill meetings at FOTH. The document includes suggested topics and messages to deliver to your members of Congress to ensure that all delegations are speaking with one voice about the issues that impact the sector.
Send this two-pager in advance of a Hill meeting to preview the topics you wish to discuss or provide it at the end of the Hill meeting as part of your leave-behind packet.
The UBIT Coalition, of which United Philanthropy Forum is a member, created this template letter for organizations to use to reach out to their members of Congress to request immediate repeal of the tax on nonprofit parking and transit benefits – Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7).