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Texas History Alerts

Attention: The next deadline for Texas History LOI’s is December 7, 2018 (for possible inclusion at the February 19, 2019 Board meeting), but applicants must have discussed a possible LOI with the Texas History Program Officer before October 1, 2018 to be included in this grant cycle.

Urgent Alert From Our Friends in the Foundation World

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) predicts a drop of $16.3 billion – $17.2 billion in household charitable giving in 2018 as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Other groups have estimated it could reach a $20 billion deficit. Unfortunately, until January 2019, it will be difficult to assess where household charitable giving has fallen short in 2018, and where philanthropy might need to step in.

As we look to understand in real time how tax reform is affecting our grantees and the vulnerable populations and causes they serve, we want to inform our membership about opportunities throughout the year to participate in data-gathering. I’ve outlined one such opportunity below.

The Charitable Giving Coalition (CGC), made up of hundreds of charities and associations involved in providing philanthropic services to communities across the country, created a survey that may be distributed to grantees and other nonprofit organizations about the need for services in their community and giving trends over the past seven months. This information will be used to communicate with policymakers, including members of Congress, about how the tax changes are affecting giving and whether or not additional legislation or amendments are warranted to correct problems and help increase giving. CGC seeks both quantitative responses (numbers and percentages) as well as qualitative responses to help frame giving and service challenges in all communities.

We hope you will encourage your grantees to participate in this survey, which is available here. The deadline to complete the survey is July 20, 2018.