OGF Heads to Washington
OGF President George Espy and I will lead a dozen foundation leaders around Capitol Hill later this week, to talk with members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation. We’ll be part of the national fly-in day known as Foundations on the Hill, joining more than 200 funders from across the country in DC on Wednesday and Thursday. During our meetings with the elected officials and their staff we’ll be delivering two key messages.
First, we’ll ask them to promote and protect the charitable sector. We know that federal focus is on tax reform and that in coming months difficult decisions will have to be made. But, a strong and healthy philanthropic sector is vital to our nation and communities, particularly as the economic recovery lags. Now is not the time to discourage or limit charitable giving. We’ll ask them to ensure that the tax code continues to preserve and protect current incentives that encourage charitable giving by all members of our society, including the very generous Ohioans who give more than $4 billion a year to charities.
Second, we’ll ask them to reinstate the IRA charitable rollover provision, which expired at the end of 2011, taking away an important charitable giving vehicle that has benefited hundreds of Ohio nonprofits, including community foundations.
During the meetings, OGF members will also share stories demonstrating how their foundations are helping communities address critical issues. We’ll also have time to hear from each congress person about his/her key priorities.
We’re hoping for sunshine and taking our comfortable shoes for walking the marble corridors of the House and Senate office buildings. Stay tuned for a report on what we learn from Ohio’s federal policymakers.