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The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Roger Colinvaux
Director, Law and Public Policy Program and Professor of Law
(J.D.) magna cum laude, indiana university School of law; (M.litt) oxford university (Merton College); (B.a.) Connecticut College
Areas of Expertise:
tax-Exempt organizations; Charitable Deduction; political activities of Nonprofits
Journal Articles:
Social Welfare and Political Organizations: Ending the Plague of Inconsistency, 21 N.y.u. J. legis. & pub. pol’y. 481 (2018) [published in 2019].
This article considers the use of social welfare organizations for political purposes, assesses the damage, and offers solu- tions. part i of the article provides an overview of present law and compares social welfare and political organizations in the context of political campaign intervention. part ii considers the many serious ongoing harms that have resulted from the current legal framework. part iii assesses different solutions. The article concludes that in general, the disclosure and financing rules concerning the political activity of social welfare and political organizations should be consistent. Consis- tent rules would reduce incentives to deceive regulators and the public and help restore some integrity to the tax exemp- tion system. Consistent rules would also pave the way to eliminate existing limits on political activity by social welfare organizations and reduce the role of the irS in regulating speech.
Scholarly Presentations
presented the paper No Strings Attached: Placing a Spotlight on the Hidden Subsidy for Gift Restrictions to the Nonprofit Forum in New york City on December 4th, 2019.
Spoke on a panel at upswell 2019, the National Conference for the independent Sector, held in Chicago, il on Novem- ber 25th, 2019. The panel was Reforming Philanthropy in America: Top Down, Bottom Up, or In-Between?
Spoke on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the tax reform act of 1969 at the Hot Topics for Non-Profit Law pro- gram hosted by the New york City Bar association on November 6th, 2019.
Commentator at the National Center on philanthropy and the law’s annual Conference, Reconsidering Private Founda- tions After Five Decades: Lessons for the Future. The conference was hosted by New york university on october 24th and 25th, 2019.
Spoke on a Donor advised Funds panel at the 2019 Annual Exempt Organizations Update held on February 22nd, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.
presented Nonprofits and Advocacy: What Should States Know About Federal Law? at the National association of attorney’s General webinar on February 20th, 2019.
Spoke on the tax Exempt tax reform: The impact of tCJa on tax-Exempt organizations panel sponsored by the D.C. Bar on January 29th, 2019.
presented Current Issues Relating to Donor Advised Funds, at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on January 24th, 2019.
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