The massive changes to federal tax law enacted by the Congress in 2017 have had many effects, both good and bad. One effect that man y had predicted, but few looked forward to, was the seriously adverse impact on non-profit organizations. Changes to the income tax reduced, in many cases, the tax benefits of charitable contributions and, as a result, non-profit organizations entered a time of pronged struggle as they tried to keep their finances secure. On August 1, Terry McDonald, of St. Vincent DePaul, will discuss a model for how a non-profit organization can become and remain sustainable in the new trax environment.
As a result of the 2018 elections, Representative Peter DeFazio, a Springfield resident, has become chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee. Always a vigorous advocate for transportation issues, and particularly for Oregon and his district, Mr. DeFzaio will discuss what has been one of the most fractious sessions of the Congress on August 22.