Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recent conferences of note

Last week, the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at New York University held a conference titled “Regulation or Repression: Government Policing of Cross-Border Charity.” The agenda for the conference is available here and papers from the conference will be posted in due course. Papers from past conferences are available here. The NCPL website and annual conference papers are an excellent resource for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.

In addition, the Urban Institute in Washington DC hosted a conference titled “Increasing Philanthropy through Policy and Practice.” The website describes the conference as follows:

"In the midst of recent attention to ways in which the charitable deduction might be pared, worries loom about how giving might decline. Join the Urban Institute’s Tax Policy and Charities project in examining the flip side of the issue, as we explore ways that existing incentives, along with new platforms and better practices, can be leveraged to encourage philanthropy. . . . Topics will include the proposal to extend the giving deadline for the charitable deduction to April 15 (as with individual retirement accounts), whether expanded use of donor-advised funds has encouraged greater giving, how new platforms for giving provide new opportunities, and nonprofit organizations’ efforts to improve their fundraising effectiveness." 

The webcast is accessible here.

Roger Colinvaux

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