All posts by Suzanne Perry


Congressional Hearing to Examine Complex Charity Operations

A Congressional panel will hold the second in a series of hearings on tax-exempt organizations next week, this one focusing on charities that have complicated operations such as profit-generating arms.

“Over the last two decades, the organizational structures of public charities have become increasingly complex, creating compliance and transparency issues,” said Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., a Louisiana Republican who heads the oversight subcommittee of the House Ways and Means committee.

He said h…


Tell Us What You Think of the Health-Care Ruling

Supporters of the healthcare law in front of the Supreme Court

Credit: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld most of the health-care overhaul law, a decision that will please many foundations and nonprofit groups that have been working to put the new law into effect.

The decision will also affect many charities that care for patients on Medicaid. The ruling says the federal government could expand the pool of people who are eligible for the federal-state insurance program, but the court limited the government’s ability to penalize st…


Washington State National-Service Leader to Head AmeriCorps

William C. Basl, executive director of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, has been named director of AmeriCorps, the national-service program.

He will succeed John Gomperts, who left to take a job as chief executive of America’s Promise Alliance, a children’s-advocacy network.

Mr. Basl has headed the commission, which manages AmeriCorps programs in the State of Washington, for 18 years. Before that, he founded the Washington Service Corps, a state youth-service program…


Obama Committee Pushes Collaborations on Youth Employment

When paying for projects to help young people get educated and find jobs, federal and private grant makers should give priority to projects that involve collaborations between nonprofits and others, says a report issued today by a White House advisory committee.

“Individual nonprofit services can be fragmented and dispersed, with each organization typically serving a limited population with specific interventions,” says the report, drawn up by the White House Council for Community Solutions.

It …


5 Experts to Testify at Hearing on IRS Nonprofit Oversight

A House subcommittee has announced that five nonprofit experts will testify at a hearing it has scheduled for Wednesday to examine several issues related to the Internal Revenue Service’s oversight of tax-exempt organizations.

They are Diana Aviv, president of Independent Sector; Roger Colinvaux, an associate law professor at the Catholic University of America;  Joanne DeStefano, vice president for finance at Cornell University, who will be testifying on behalf of the National Association of Co…


Congressional Hearing to Examine Nonprofit Tax Issues

A Congressional hearing has been scheduled next week to examine various tax issues affecting nonprofits, including Internal Revenue Service oversight of universities and nonprofit hospitals.

Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., a Louisiana Republican, called the hearing. He told The Chronicle this winter he was concerned the tax agency had not been aggressive enough in monitoring charity abuses.

The event, which will take place May 16 at 10 a.m., will be the first in a series of hearings on tax-exempt org…


Obama Would Give National-Service Budget Small Boost, But End Some Programs

President Obama today proposed increasing the budget for the Corporation for National and Community Service by 1.3 percent next year, to almost $1.1-billion—providing enough money to keep the number of AmeriCorps members at current levels.

In his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, the president said he would also increase spending on the Social Innovation Fund, a grants program to expand effective nonprofit social projects, to $50-million, up from just under $45-million in 2012.

However, the presi…


Prominent Democrat No Longer Up for National-Service Board

President Obama has withdrawn the nomination of a high-profile pick for a seat on the Corporation for National and Community Service board—John Podesta, a prominent Democrat who was President Clinton’s chief of staff and co-chair of Mr. Obama’s transition team.

Mr. Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank with close ties to the White House, was among seven people that the president nominated in June 2010 to fill vacancies on the national-service board. The nomin…


Preserving Charity Tax Breaks Won’t Be Main Goal of Nonprofit Coalition

Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits and foundations that has waged a vigorous campaign against proposals to limit the charitable deduction for wealthy people, has now decided to devote more attention to other aspects of budget and tax policy that could harm poor people.

Critics have accused Independent Sector and other nonprofit advocates of spending a disproportionate amount of energy protecting the charitable tax break, given other critical issues facing the nation, especially those …


‘Buffett Rule’ Tax Bill Would Preserve Charitable Deduction

Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to require the richest Americans to pay a minimum share of their income in taxes, but allow them to continue claiming a deduction for charitable giving.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, aims to put into effect the so-called “Buffett Rule” that was championed by President Obama in his State of the Union address.

It would require taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of more than $2-million, including capital gains and di…