Foundation Law and Policy: Reflections and Projections

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There are still hopes that members of Congress will buckle down and avoid the looming “fiscal cliff” in the final lame duck session before heading home in December. If they don’t, as some are pessimistically predicting, it will mark the nadir of one of the least active Congressional sessions in history, with partisan gridlock and political posturing preventing nearly every significant piece of legislation from even making it to a vote, not to mention enacted into law. Despite the political stagnation, 2012 did see some significant changes to the law relating to philanthropy and fortunately, many of them welcome. This whitepaper provides a review of these changes as well as a look ahead to what policy could be on the table as we enter 2013.

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