The Roundtable Leads Coalition Letter Asking Congress to Oppose New Mandates on Charitable Giving

Today, The Philanthropy Roundtable, along with 64 other free-market and conservative organizations, sent a coalition letter to members of Congress urging them to reject new restrictions on charitable giving proposed by the “Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving.” Rather than accelerating giving, the initiative’s proposal would make it harder for smaller donors to help those in need and decrease overall giving in the long run.

The text of the letter is below. You may download a PDF copy of the letter here.

Dear Members of Congress:

We write to you as organizations that care deeply about philanthropy to urge you to oppose the newly proposed “Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving.” Contrary to its title, this proposal would severely hamper Americans’ ability to give to causes they care about.

The core of the Initiative is a series of unnecessary and arbitrary regulations on donor-advised funds, which are an increasingly popular vehicle for charitable giving. Donor-advised funds allow individuals to donate as much as they can in a given year; they facilitate both immediate and long- term giving for a specific cause or local community. Beyond donor-advised funds, the Initiative also takes aim at a family’s ability to serve its own foundation, which would unfairly target smaller and less-wealthy institutions.

Throughout history, the freedom to give has been an indispensable part of America’s culture and social fabric. Charity helps us come together as a nation, overcome partisan divides, and face serious societal challenges, both now and in the future. The current COVID-19 pandemic is a case in point: Charitable giving was up 7.5 percent during the first half of 2020, and major donor-advised fund providers have seen both the value and number of charitable grants rise by about 50 percent.

It’s important to keep America’s charitable sector strong and vibrant by allowing people to easily give to the causes they care about. We call on you to oppose attempts to discourage donors or undermine important vehicles for charitable giving, particularly during times of crisis when philanthropic engagement is most needed.

Yours sincerely,

Jack Park
General Counsel
ACRU Action Fund

Lisa B. Nelson
ALEC Action

Michael Farris
President & CEO
Alliance Defending Freedom

Michael B. Poliakoff
American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Elliot Engstrom
Legal Director
American Juris Link

David R. Osborne
Americans for Fair Treatment

Catherine Glenn Foster
President & CEO
Americans United for Life

Justin Owen
President & CEO
Beacon Center of Tennessee

Will Swaim
California Policy Center

Scott Walter*
Capital Research Center

Clay Spence
Cicero Institute

Ryan P. Williams
The Claremont Institute

Curt Levey
The Committee for Justice

Charles Mitchell
President & CEO
Commonwealth Foundation

Kent Lassman
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Lawson R. Bader
President & CEO

Robert Enlow
President & CEO

Tim Hoefer
President & CEO
Empire Center for Public Policy

Clifford D. May
Founder & President
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Richard N. Lorenc
Executive Vice President
Foundation for Economic Education

Jonathan Bechtle
COO & General Counsel
Foundation for Government Accountability

Tom McCabe
Freedom Foundation

Annette Meeks
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Adam Brandon

Roger Ream
President & CEO
Fund for American Studies

Grace-Marie Turner
Galen Institute

Koppany Jordan
Development Associate
Georgia Center for Opportunity

Kyle Wingfield
President & CEO
Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Victor Riches
President & CEO
Goldwater Institute

Cameron Macdonald
Director of Litigation
Government Justice Center, Inc.

Jessica Anderson
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America

Matthew Paprocki
Illinois Policy Institute

Dale L. Wilcox
Executive Director & General Counsel
Immigration Reform Law Institute

Jon C. Caldara
Independence Institute

David J. Theroux
Founder, President & CEO
Independent Institute

Carrie Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum

F. Vincent Vernuccio
Institute for the American Worker

Dr. Robert McClure
President & CEO
The James Madison Institute

Becki Gray
Senior Vice President
John Locke Foundation

Connor Boyack
Libertas Institute

Patrick Hughes
President & Co-founder
Liberty Justice Center

Jim Walker
Vice President for Advancement
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Heather Noyes
Director of Operations
Maine Policy Institute

Peter W. Wood
National Association of Scholars

Pete Sepp
National Taxpayers Union

Mark Chenoweth
Executive Director
New Civil Liberties Alliance

Jonathan Small
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Steven D. Anderson
President & CEO
Pacific Legal Foundation

Sally C. Pipes
President & CEO
Pacific Research Institute

Ellen Weaver
President & CEO
Palmetto Promise Institute

Heather Lauer
Executive Director
People United for Privacy

Elise Westhoff
President & CEO
The Philanthropy Roundtable

James Stergios
Executive Director
Pioneer Institute

Jim Vokal
Platte Institute

Stacy Blakeley
Executive Director
The Policy Circle

Rupert Munro
Vice President of Development
Property and Environment Research Center

J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation

Daniel E. Burrows*
Legal Director
Public Trust Institute

Heather R. Higgins
The Randolph Foundation

Tracie Sharp
President & CEO
State Policy Network

Claire Kittle Dixon
Executive Director
Talent Market

David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Daniel Mead Smith
President & CEO
Washington Policy Center

Carol Platt Liebau
Yankee Institute

*Affiliation listed for identification purposes only

You may download a PDF copy of the letter here.

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