What’s in the King-Grassley Ace Act?

By: Philanthropy Roundtable
Published: Jun 2021
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Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) have introduced a bill that would suppress charitable giving. The title of the bill, the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act, S. 1981, suggests the legislation will increase resources for charities. However, the provisions within the bill would do the opposite—harming the exact charitable organizations and communities they seek to help.

What’s a DAF?

Donor-advised funds, or DAFs, are charitable giving accounts hosted by national sponsoring charities or community foundations. Every dollar that goes into a DAF is immediately and permanently committed to charitable giving.

Key Threats

  • DAFs could face a punitive 50% tax if they don’t meet an arbitrary deadline
  • Private foundations are significantly and unnecessarily restricted
  • Donor privacy is under attack
  • Community foundations get a complicated, narrow carve-out they did not even ask for