Protect Charitable Incentives

The social impact sector needs a stable and productive tax and policy environment that encourages giving, allows for stewardship of resources, and the ability to make long-range plans. Issues such as maintaining the charitable income tax deduction, simplifying the excise tax, and ensuring donor-advised funds have needed autonomy are all critical to supporting the work of Forefront's Members and the sector as a whole. Working with our national partners -- including the National Council of Nonprofits, the Council of Foundations, and Independent Sector -- Forefront engages the Illinois Congressional delegation on these critical issues. We annually participate in 'Foundations on the Hill,' where Forefront brings a cohort of grantmaking Members to Washington, D.C. to educate decision makers on the impact of federal policy on foundations. In addition, Forefront regularly responds to emerging federal issues and legislation to ensure the voice and concerns of our Members are heard.

Vision: Nonprofits and grantmakers have a stable, supportive tax environment that allows them to effectively achieve their missions.

Work in progress: We are lobbying to ensure that charitable giving incentives, such as the IRA Charitable Rollover, are made permanent, and the Private Foundation Excise Tax is simplified.