Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The American Tax Policy Institute and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center hosted a conference yesterday on Taxes and the Future of Philanthropy:
The philanthropic sector currently faces a difficult challenge: Recent changes to the tax law leave only about 10 percent of households, mainly with higher incomes, with incentive to donate to charity. This increasingly dominant influence of wealthy donors has drawn criticism, and leaders of the philanthropic sector have expressed concern about diminishing public trust in the sector’s efforts. In addition, a lack of resources limits regulators’ abilities to police this influence, thus bad actors threaten the sector’s reputation.
All this occurs against a backdrop of vexing societal challenges—climate change, rising inequality, loss of faith in government—that call for the philanthropic sector’s involvement. To address these issues, the sector is creating new philanthropic vehicles and approaches and considering legal and structural changes.
On Tuesday, February 18, a conference jointly organized by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the American Tax Policy Institute, featuring panels of experts and a keynote address by Chronicle of Philanthropy editor Stacy Palmer, deepen the discussion by addressing the following:
- Has charitable giving become the province of the rich, and, if so, what are the consequences?
- What policies would more efficiently and fairly encourage charitable giving?
- Can the Internal Revenue Service regulate the philanthropic sector, and should reform account for the Internal Revenue Service’s capacity?
- How has the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected charities?
- How will generational change affect philanthropy?
Welcome and Introduction
- Ellen Aprill (Loyola-L.A.; American Tax Policy Institute)
- Mark Mazur (Tax Policy Center)
Panel #1: Oversight of Nonprofits
Panel #2: Impact of the TCJA on Nonprofits
Keynote: Trust in Nonprofits and Philanthropy: Why It’s Eroding and What’s Next”
Panel #3: The Future of Charitable Giving
(Hat Tip: Jon Forman)