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Advocacy & Policy: Current Activity

Tax Reform Positions 

December 2017: The Johnson Amendment was successfully maintained, keeping politics out of the nonprofit sector.

November 2017: A universal "above-the-line" charitable deduction available to all Americans—regardless of income—is a more equitable approach to incentivize philanthropy. It is estimated that 100 million Americans do not benefit from the charitable deduction because of their itemizer status. Yet, as a percentage of income, Americans who earn the least give six times more than Americans who earn the most. Universal access to a charitable tax deduction will benefit all givers, whether they be the wealthiest of donors or everyday people giving back in their local communities.

Read the study on tax policy and charitable giving commissioned by Independent Sector. A universal deduction is also supported by Council on Foundations, United Philanthropy ForumAlliance for Charitable Reform, National Council of Nonprofits, Colorado Association of Funders, and the Colorado Nonprofit Association, among many other organizations.

Read more about the universal deduction at The Nonprofit Times.

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The Denver Foundation is not involved in a community-wide public policy campaign at this time.

The Denver Foundation participates in advocacy and public policy in support of the triple bottom lines we most closely monitor:

  • The quality of life for the most vulnerable people in Metro Denver.

  • The support for charitable giving and growing the culture of philanthropy.

  • The financial stability and mission achievement of nonprofit organizations.

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