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The Denver Foundation is a member of the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative. Visit this page to review our most recent advocacy promoting the culture of philanthropy. If you have any questions, please call our Philanthropic Services Group at 303.300.1790.

Read more about the Maddoff/Colinvaux proposal mentioned in the fall edition of Noteworthy.

Tax Reform Position

December 2017

Each chamber of Congress has passed a tax reform bill. (Compare the House and Senate versions of proposed Tax Reform.) The next step is to go into conference committee to negotiate a single version of the bill that will pass in both the House and Senate.

Weakening the Johnson Amendment, as currently proposed in the House version of the bill, would open the door for all 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to be subject to pressure by external forces to endorse or oppose candidates for public office. It would also allow for money donated for political purposes to be claimed under the charitable deduction—compromising the charitable missions and integrity of 501(c)(3) organizations.

Please reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to maintain the Johnson Amendment and keep politics out of the nonprofit sector!

Tax Reform Positions 

November 2017

Changes in tax policies have a direct and indirect influence on household charitable donations. From the perspective of a community foundation, the proposed tax-law changes are threatening to 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.

With those bottom lines in mind, The Denver Foundation is taking positions on two provisions of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act H.R.1.

Learn more about the Foundation's advocacy and policy work in the community.

Donor Information on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act H.R.1.

Doubling the Standard Deduction: Impact on Charitable Giving

Estate Tax: Impact on Charitable Giving