What’s Happening This Week…
- Uniting Americans Through Service: Philanthropy and AmeriCorps “Meet and Greet”
- Nonprofit Strength and Partnership Act Introduced in the House
- Council Submits Comments on Foreign Agents Registration Act
- IRS Solicits Comments on Guidance Priorities
- Federal Actions to Fix Failures in Student Loan Programs
- HRSA Initiative Will Build the Pipeline of Public Health Workers
- IRS Taxpayer Clinics Available for Low-Income Filers
- Cross-Government Initiative Engages Rural Communities
- Funder Input Sought on FEMA Disaster Recovery Framework
- Happening in the States
- News & Resources
- Upcoming Events
Happening at the Council
Uniting Americans Through Service: Philanthropy and AmeriCorps “Meet and Greet”
On May 16 at noon ET, join the Council for a webinar featuring Michael D. Smith, the newly appointed CEO of AmeriCorps, in his first national appearance! Mr. Smith will be joined by Tonya Allen, President of the McKnight Foundation and Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors, as well as Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of the Council. They will discuss Mr. Smith’s vision for AmeriCorps and opportunities for the agency to partner with philanthropy among local communities. This webinar is co-hosted by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and is free for both Council members and non-members.
Happening on the Hill
Nonprofit Strength and Partnership Act Introduced in the House
This week, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) introduced the Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act (H.R.7587). The bill aims to strengthen the link between the federal government and the nonprofit sector by, among other provisions:
- Establishing both a White House office and interagency council for nonprofits
- Instituting a federal advisory board of nonprofit leaders
- Providing regular employment data on the nonprofit sector
Read a full summary from Independent Sector.
The Council on Foundations supports this legislation, which would open new pathways for collaboration between the government and our sector.
Council Submits Comments on Foreign Agents Registration Act
In response to the recent hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, the Council submitted comments for the record calling on Congress to ensure the nonprofit and philanthropic sector is protected from the sweeping provisions in the law. The Council continues to urge Congress to modernize FARA so that it does not capture the charitable activities of foundations and nonprofits operating with a global reach.
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