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America Gives More Act

You may have heard recently about the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719), a bill that passed in the House of Representatives in July. This bill brings together five tax provisions (described below) related to philanthropy. Associated Grant Makers joins The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the National Council of Nonprofits, the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Alliance for Charitable Reform, and a number of our sister regional associations in supporting this legislation.

Explaining the Community Investment Tax Credit for Foundations

A new state tax credit taking effect in 2014 provides foundations, individuals and corporations with an unprecedented opportunity to deepen the impact of their philanthropy.  The Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC)  is designed to encourage individuals, companies, foundations, and others to donate to highly effective organizations that are helping to expand economic opportunities for families and communities across the state.  These organizations, called Community Development Cor

Boston Foundation assets exceed $1 billion

The Boston Foundation’s assets have passed the $1 billion mark, after a year of strong investment gains and a record $112 million in grants made to charities.

The 99-year-old community foundation also recorded its second-best year of raising money, as donors sent it $112 million during the fiscal year ended June 30. The foundation had raised $131 million the prior year, when many philanthropists were concerned about possible changes in the tax code that could have affected the deductibility of donations.

Remembering September 11, by Nancy Gardiner

Today is September 11 and, like many Americans, I will be thinking about the day in 2001 that changed our country forever.  Yesterday, anticipating the anniversary, I was struck by how crisp the clouds were and how bright the sun.  The air had a bit of the feel of fall, just as it did thirteen years ago.  While the memories of that fateful day remain etched in our collective memories, we have moved on in important ways.  For several years, people were reluctant to plan events or meetings on 9/11.  We certainly didn’t plan celebrations on that day.  We didn’t plan anything other than getti


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