Foundations Gear Up to Influence 2018 Elections

Foundations Gear Up to Influence 2018 Elections

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David Thompson, vice president for public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, noted that some states, like Minnesota, have a “universal deduction” that allows all taxpayers to deduct charitable giving from their state taxes regardless of whether they itemize. There are opportunities to spread that idea to other states, Thompson said.

Charity advocates pushed unsuccessfully for such a provision at the federal level during last year’s tax debate.

Turnover at the Top

Thompson also warned grant makers to keep an eye on personnel changes in Washington even aside from the elections. He cited the announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will not run for re-election in his home state of Wisconsin. Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican who is one of the leading candidates to succeed Ryan as speaker, is also one of the leading advocates of a plan to end the ban on nonprofit involvement in political campaigns.

“Personnel changes really do matter,” Thompson said.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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