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Charitable Reforms on the Horizon

(July 11, 2005) With Congress returning from its 4th of July recess this week, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) may introduce his package of charitable reforms at any moment.

According to staffers on Capitol Hill, Grassley agreed to hold off on introducing the package until the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector had completed its report. Now that the report has been submitted (see eWire article), the committee is expected to introduce legislation in the near future.

AFP has also learned Grassley does indeed plan to add his reform measures to the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, a strategy that the association strongly opposes.

AFP continues to meet with Senators and staff to educate them about the reforms and to explain its opposition to using the CARE Act as a vehicle for reform measures.

However, Senators need to hear from AFP members as well! Please contact your Senators and explain how some of the proposed reforms would hurt your charity and why they should not be attached to the CARE Act.

Capitol Hill is hearing from many AFP members. However, if these reforms are to be defeated, an even stronger response is needed, especially with the introduction of legislation expected very soon.

For draft letters, phone scripts, and contact information, please click here!

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