Issues and Positions

About our Advocacy and Policy Work

Building and renewing meaningful connections with policymakers is an essential component of our work. We work with our own members, our Colorado partners and with our many colleagues in our national network, United Philanthropy Forum, to collaborate in our advocacy activities. Our long-time involvement in the Forum’s PolicyWorks continues to strengthen our ability to:

  • Educate policymakers about the work, value and impact of Colorado philanthropy
  • Advise policymakers about potential legislation or regulation that could harm the sector and decrease much needed philanthropic dollars
  • Gain policymakers’ support for legislation that could support the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy and increase charitable giving; and
  • Build partnerships with policymakers to achieve policy reforms that improve the quality of life for the nonprofits and communities that our grantmakers serve.

Public Policy Priorities

Philanthropy Colorado’s Public Policy Committee reviews and recommends policy priorities for board approval.

Read Philanthropy Colorado’s 2024 Public Policy Priorities

Read more about our advocacy efforts and policy positions below and learn how you can get involved in setting policy priorities and in our key advocacy activities.

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Policy Issues and Positions 

Our mission is to strengthen communities by bringing people, information and resources together. We can only achieve our goals if state and federal policies advance the work of our sector. This includes tax policy that encourages charitable giving to nonprofit organizations that support communities across our state, but we also take positions on other matters of importance to the sector. Some of our key positions and legislative proposals are listed below.


Universal Charitable Deduction

Philanthropy Colorado supports the right of nonprofits to advocate, while opposing their ability to engage in partisan politics We favor current rules and regulations that allow charitable organizations to be involved in policy debates and lobbying. We oppose attempts to weaken or repeal the 60-year law known as the Johnson Amendment which bars nonprofits from endorsing or financially supporting political candidates.

Nonprofit Strength & Partnership Act

Philanthropy Colorado opposes proposed Department of Treasury rules that could particularly hurt Colorado’s community foundations. The proposed rules would much more broadly define what is a donor-advised fund and impose limitations on stewardship of DAF funds by financial advisors.

Defining Donor-Advised Funds

Read Philanthropy Colorado’s February 2024 comments on the proposed Treasury regulations regarding donor-advised funds

Read the December 2022 letter signed by Philanthropy Colorado urging congressional leaders to restore and expand the charitable deduction for non-itemizers.

Read the Charitable Act (S.566/H.R.3435)

Read the March 2022 Hearing Statement from Philanthropy Colorado

Nonprofit Nonpartisan Advocacy

Join Philanthropy Colorado in supporting H.R.3245 – Nonprofit Stakeholders Engaging and Advancing Together (Nonprofit SEAT) Act ,  which would elevate collaboration between the federal government and nonprofits in several ways. These include:

  • Creating an Office on Nonprofit Sector Partnerships in the President’s Office;
  • Establishing an Interagency Council on Nonprofit Sector Partnerships;
  • Requiring that the impact of legislation on the charitable sector and charitable giving be considered in Dept. of Treasury reviews; and
  • Mandating that the Bureau of Labor Statistics to report on charitable sector employment and economic impact, as they do with other sectors of the economy.

Read the Endorsement Letter and signatories.

State of Colorado

Tax Credits for Contributions via Intermediaries

 Philanthropy Colorado supports SB24-016 Tax Credits for Contributions via Intermediaries, which allows taxpayers to claim a state income tax credit when making a contribution to a charitable recipient organization through a qualified intermediary

Endowment Contribution Tax Credit

Working in partnership with the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Philanthropy Colorado supported legislation that would have created a state tax credit for gifts to endowments held by nonprofits and community foundations. The purpose of the tax credit would be to support long-term community and economic development throughout Colorado. With the forthcoming transfer of wealth, the credit would create an opportunity to encourage donations of considerable assets to nonprofits and community foundations. Such donations would provide sustainable funding to support community services provided by nonprofits including education, health and social services and cultural and civic engagement.

COVID Relief Fund

Philanthropy Colorado stood with Governor Jared Polis in the formation of a statewide Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Read the Governor's news announcement quoting Philanthropy Colorado and its members Colorado Health Foundation and Mile High United Way. Philanthropy Colorado's CEO, Joanne Kelley, served on the Executive Committee, Leadership Committee and Process Committee for the Statewide Relief Fund that raised $25 million from foundations, businesses and individuals. The relief fund effort brought together community, business and foundation leaders to review and allocate funding to organizations across the state working on prevention, impact and recovery from the pandemic. Learn more about Philanthropy Colorado's COVID-19 advocacy and the COVID Relief Fund response.