The October edition of our month-by-month advocacy guide focuses on how to engage in elections. With off-year elections coming up in November, it is an appropriate time to focus on this issue, and perhaps stimulate some thinking on how your organization might get engaged in the elections in 2018 and beyond.shington to face debates over tax reform, and everyone re-focused on work after the summer holidays, this is an opportune moment to get our issues on policymakers’ radar.
Tax and Regulatory Issues
Access the resources provided to participants of the 2016 Joint Policy Institute.
The Council of Michigan Foundations contracted the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy to survey Michigan Community Foundations to determine the impact to community foundations for each of the two years after the repeal of Michigan's Charitable Tax Credit for Community Foundations. Survey findings suggest that the impact of the repeal has been significant. The average number of donations at the key dollar amounts decreased significantly from 2011 - 2013.
Regional Associations and their members are leading the public discussion on the America Gives More Act as shown by this collection of op-ed's authored by RA CEOs.
Regional association members are reaching out to their Senators and supporting the America Gives More Act. Here you'll find sample documents as examples of member action.
PowerPoint slides from "The Washington Update," a presentation by Sue Santa, Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundations, at the PolicyWorks Institute 2014. Topics include the 2014 mid-term elections, the America Gives More Act, and Chairman David Camp's discussion draft on tax reform.
Examples of regional associations communications with U.S. Senators around the America Give More Act.
Examples of regional association communications with their members and policy groups around the America Gives More Act.
The National Council of Nonprofits tracks state public policy issues and legislation across the U.S. through a combination of sources and provides this confidential document to its Network and State Policy Allies.
Sample communications from regional philanthropy networks and their grantmaker members to Members of Congress encouraging an end to the prohibition for Donor Advised Funds in the IRA Charitable Rollover.