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Public Policy Resources

United Philanthropy Forum is committed to building the capacity of our members in public policy and advocacy. These resources provide the tools and information needed to be effective sector leaders and advocates.

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Public Policy Updates & Alerts

The Philanthropy + Policy Update by United Philanthropy Forum provides updates, analysis, and breaking news about public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector and the communities we serve . This issue is for June 2, 2023.
The Philanthropy + Policy Update by United Philanthropy Forum provides updates, analysis, and breaking news about public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector and the communities we serve . This issue is for May 19, 2023.
The Philanthropy + Policy Update by United Philanthropy Forum provides updates, analysis, and breaking news about public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector and the communities we serve . This issue is for May 5, 2023.
The Philanthropy + Policy Update by United Philanthropy Forum provides updates, analysis, and breaking news about public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector and the communities we serve . This issue is for April 20, 2023.
The Philanthropy + Policy Update by United Philanthropy Forum provides updates, analysis, and breaking news about public policy issues impacting the philanthropic sector and the communities we serve . This issue is for April 7, 2023.

Letters & Communications to Elected Officials

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) sent a letter to Steven Dillingham, the Director of the Census Bureau, requesting that the agency moves swiftly to ramp up census preparations.
United Philanthropy Forum submitted public comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in response to the proposed rule which would roll back donor reporting requirements for certain nonprofits. (Guidance Under section 6033 Regarding the Reporting Requirements of Exempt Organizations)
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).
United Philanthropy Forum and 21 philanthropy-serving organizations sent this letter to Speaker Pelosi, Republican Leader McCarthy, Chairman Neal, and Ranking Member Brady, as well as all other Representatives on the Ways and Means Committee, in support of simplifying the private foundation excise tax to a revenue-neutral, flat 1.39 percent.
The UBIT Coalition, of which United Philanthropy Forum is a member, submitted this letter to Congressional leadership asking them to repeal the changes to UBIT, Section 512(a)(7) and its 21-percent tax on qualified transportation fringe benefits that tax-exempt employers provide to employees.

Policy Issue Briefs and Statements

Statement for the Record by United Philanthropy Forum, submitted to the United States Senate Committee on Finance on March 17, 2020, regarding the “Examining Charitable Giving and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector” hearing.
United Philanthropy Forum sends letter to House Ways & Means and Education & Labor, supporting Secure 2.0 legislation, that includes a Legacy IRA provision.
Coalition letter from 56 groups to House Ways & Means and Education & Labor, supporting Secure 2.0 legislation, that includes a Legacy IRA provision.
On March 7, a bi-partisan group of 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means singed a letter regarding donor-advised funds. In a "Dear Colleague" letter to their fellow lawmakers, the members express concerns about proposals that would restrict DAFs as well as private foundations, such as the ACE Act, S. 1981 / H.R. 6595 .
Philanthropic and Charitable Sector letter to Congress in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.