Leaders of some of the nation’s largest tax-exempt organizations will meet in New York City tonight and tomorrow to discuss federal tax policy in a first attempt to hammer out a consensus on the charitable sector’s plan for lobbying during an era of changes to the tax code.
The meeting is organized by Ray D. Madoff, a professor at Boston College Law School and the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good. She is a national expert on tax law, trusts and author of “Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead.” Funding for the event is from the Ford Foundation, which is hosting the gathering.
It will be a small but powerful assembly, the venue having room for just 26 seats. Many members of the Leadership 18 confirmed to The NonProfit Times that they will be there, including Brian Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of United Way Worldwide; Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association, and Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
Leading off the presentations are Steve Miller, national director of tax, and Dean Zerbe, national managing director, both of alliantgroup. Miller is the former acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and commissioner of the IRS’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division. Zerbe is the former senior counsel and tax counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
Among others slated to speak are: Stanley Katz, Ph.D., lecturer with rank of professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; Una Osili, professor of economics and director of research at The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Roger Colinvaux, director, Law and Public Policy Program and professor of law at The Catholic University of America; Brian Galle, professor of law at Georgetown Law; Rob Reich, professor of political science and faculty co-director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil