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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Charitable Contribution Parity & Enhancement Act (HR 2592)

By Cruz A. Ramos, Vice President/Public Affairs (

Michgan Senator Debbie Stabenow
and Cruz Ramos
During the week of 13 November 2011, Gary Smith, NAEIR’s President & CEO along with Jim Jones, Director of Public Affairs, and Cruz Ramos all traveled to Washington, DC for a series of meetings with various staff members of congressional offices on Capitol Hill.  Darren Collier, Senior VP of the McGuire-Woods Consulting firm has been instrumental in scheduling meetings on NAEIR's behalf with the staff of key members of Congress.

From Left to Right: Rosalyn Kumar, Tax Counsel, Gary C. Smith, President & CEO, NAEIR, and
Jason LaGosh, Legislative Aide to Debbie Stabenow, United States Senator - Michigan

This is all part of NAEIR Executive Management's continuing effort to increase interest and support for HR 2592, the Charitable Contribution Parity & Enhancement Act.  This bill would extend the enhanced deduction available only to Regular ( C ) Corporations at this time - to S Corporations and other small businesses going forward, when they donate excess inventory to charitable organizations and schools.
Rosalyn & Gary
As can be imagined, with the leading headlines trumpeting the Super Committee stalemate, the national debt and jobs among other issues, these days passage of any legislation not immediately related to any of the above won’t draw as much attention. 

Nevertheless, NAEIR is not dismayed and continues to look for opportunities to move the “bill” forward and have been encouraged by some of the ideas, recommendations and expressions of support that have been offered during the aforementioned meetings.  This, in spite of some of what appears to be the general lack of progress in promoting legislation of virtually any kind on Capitol Hill. 

As stated previously, this bill would incentivize many more American companies to donate greater amounts of excess inventory to tens of thousands of charitable organizations coast to coast. 

The Charitable Contribution Parity & Enhancement Act would throw a life-line in the direction of America’s small business community and beleaguered nonprofit organizations, both hard hit by the economy.

You may send an email to Cruz A. Ramos at  He may also be reached at 309/343-0704, ext 341.  All media queries are welcome as well.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Sunday, October 30th – Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
By Cruz A. Ramos, Vice President/Public Affairs (

For NAEIR, as is probably true for many attendees, the primary benefit of the conference in Chicago was in networking opportunities.  Post show figures suggest that there were about a 1,000 attendees.  Nonprofits of all sizes with missions addressing everything from literacy to hunger as well as foundations and corporate funders were well represented.  The plenary sessions featured speeches on the need for more innovation and collaboration as well as the need for increased funding of the nonprofit sector.

The conference involved a full, back-to-back schedule of plenary sessions over meals, workshops and break-out groups.  Many of the sessions featured enticing subjects like lobbying for nonprofits, re-branding, trends in corporate philanthropy, as well as nonprofit regulation and a host of other topics.

Throughout all of the proceedings there were many opportunities for those in attendance to make introductions around the table and share ideas.

Although I had done some advance work on reviewing and highlighting the list of registrants, because of the sheer number of people in attendance, it wasn’t possible to meet with most of the attendees.  I was, however, able to connect with a number of individuals representing nonprofit organizations and potential donors that may be helpful to NAEIR in the future.

Many of those in attendance represented some of the major nonprofits as well as leaders of both private and corporate foundations.  All in all, there were prominent representatives in the private sector with both national and in many cases, a global reach.

The conference’s “no solicitation” policy made it so that you could not pitch to a potential funder but there were numerous opportunities to simply discuss NAEIR’s programs, the availability of a wide variety of free products to nonprofits and schools and the diversity that may be found across our national membership base. Beyond the conference itself, there are certainly opportunities that we’ll take advantage of in terms of follow-up.

Participation in the Independent Sector’s Annual 2011 conference was well worth the time and effort.  This was our first year in attendance.  I believe we’ve already made a few friends.

As great a town as Galesburg is, we recognize that we need to venture out from time to time in order to meet with representatives of organizations that can help us.  To that end we’ll continue to pursue opportunities for collaborating with other organizations; whether large or small nonprofit organizations, school associations as well as foundations and companies throughout the U.S. that have a need for our services.

During this past year we’ve more actively sought to reach out to other organizations.  This continuing effort will help to strengthen us so that we can be more effective in securing more donations of inventory for the membership.

You may send an email to Cruz A. Ramos at  He may also be reached at 309/343-0704, ext 341.  All media queries are welcome as well.