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After the Cliff: Nonprofit Policy Issues in 2013

Jan 10, 2013

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During the 112th "lame duck" session of Congress (Nov-Dec 2012), policymakers attempted to take corrective action to avoid the mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases, a measure known as the "fiscal cliff" because of its devastating effects on federal programs and economic growth. The fiscal cliff would have had far-reaching effects on the nonprofit sector, with multi-billion dollar cuts to federal health programs, human services, environmental agencies and more.  Read Rick Cohen's recent article at Nonprofit Quarterly. Of direct consequence to nonprofits, limitation of the charitable deduction is very much on the table as lawmakers discuss changing the fundamentals of this long-standing giving incentive.

We've averted the fiscal cliff at the eleventh hour - and now it's time to discuss what 2013 will look like for nonprofits and charitable giving. Whatever outcome lies ahead, nonprofits need to be prepared to protect the services they provide by being vocal and active in policy at all levels of government.

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Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen, National Correspondent, Nonprofit Quarterly. Since 2006, Rick Cohen has been a staffer at NPQ writing "investigative and analytical articles, advocating for increased philanthropic giving and access for disenfranchised constituencies, and promoting increased philanthropic and nonprofit accountability." Rick has worked in government, and also held the position of executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) for nearly eight years. In addition to his role as national correspondent at NPQ, Rick writes investigative pieces for Blue Avocado.

Robert Egger

Robert Egger, President, CForward. CForward is an advocacy organization that rallies employees of nonprofits to educate candidates about the economic role that nonprofits play in every community, and to support candidates who have detailed plans to strengthen the economy that includes nonprofits. Robert is also founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. In early 2013, he is set to cross the continent and launch LA Central Kitchen.

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