Hill visits will build relationships
Next month, Suzanne and I will lead a group of Ohio funders to Washington for our annual Foundations on the Hill visits. We’ll be joining over 125 colleagues from across the nation for a day focused not on this year’s presidential election but on the work that needs to continue regardless of the latest polling numbers and primaries. And, while members of Congress are also focused on their own election-year district work, they also have significant work facing deadlines in D.C. – like the federal budget, and this week’s hearing on tax reform proposals in the House Ways & Means Committee.
While we certainly will have a new president next year, many of Ohio’s delegation will no doubt be returning to Congress, and that’s why it’s important for us to go to D.C. this spring. We need to build our relationships and keep our issues in front of elected officials, whether there’s action this year or to prepare for next year’s policy agenda.
We had a recent conversation with Rep. Pat Tiberi (R – 12th district of Ohio), a senior member of Ways & Means, co-chair of the House Philanthropy Caucus and staunch supporter of philanthropy. He shared his perspectives on issues ranging from tax reform to charitable giving tax policy and as well as his own legislative priorities. In talking about our upcoming D.C. meetings, he encouraged us to share philanthropy’s impact stories, reminding policy makers about the importance and value of philanthropy, before talking about specific bills and issues.
We’ll take Rep. Tiberi’s comments to heart during our meetings next month, starting our conversations with examples of philanthropic work. We’ll also be thanking those who voted for the PATH Act, which made the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent. And then we’ll be asking them to do more: to make donor advised funds eligible to receive IRA assets tax-free and to simplify the private foundation excise tax, allowing more charitable dollars to flow to nonprofits addressing critical issues.
There’s still time to join us in DC – we are stronger together.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold
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