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United Way CEOs and Thought Leaders Testify on Tax Deduction and Charitable Giving

Today, February 14, at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Tax Reform and Charitable Contributions fourteen state and local United Way CEOs, as well as United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher, are testifying on the charitable tax deduction and sharing about the central role that charitable giving plays in strengthening communities.

Watch the Hearing LIVE: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hclive09

Below is the schedule of panels with speakers and links to their full testimony. For more information and to see the list of panelists, go to: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=319000



Mr. Eugene Steuerle, Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC. Testimony

Mr. Kevin Murphy, President, the Council on Foundations, Arlington, VA. Testimony

Mr. David Wills, President, National Christian Foundation, Alpharetta, GA. Testimony

Mr. Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, VA. Testimony

Mr. Roger Colinvaux, Professor, Catholic University DC Law School, Washington, DC. Testimony

Mr. Eugene Tempel, Dean of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN. Testimony

Ms. Jan Masaoka, CEO, California Association of Nonprofits, Sacramento, CA. Testimony


Mr. Mark Huddleston, President, University of New Hampshire, on behalf of the American Council on Education, Durham, NH. Testimony

Mr. Conrad Teitell, Chairman, Charitable Planning Group, on behalf of the American Council of Gift Annuities, Stanford, CT. Testimony

Mr. Jake Schrum, President, Southwestern University, on behalf of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Georgetown, TX. Testimony

Ms. Diana Aviv, President & CEO, Independent Sector, Washington, DC. Testimony

Mr. Vinsen Faris, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels, Washington, DC. Testimony

Mr. Bill Rieth, President & CEO, United Way of Elkhart County, Elkhart, IN. Testimony

Ms. Jill Michal, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA. Testimony


Ms. Pamela King Sams, Executive Vice President for Development, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. Testimony

Ms. Nicole Busby, Executive Director, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Alexandria, VA. Testimony

Mr. Rand Wentworth, President, Land Trust Alliance, Washington, DC. Testimony

Ms. Kim Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western Connecticut, Danbury, CT. Testimony

Mr. Terry Mazany, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago, IL. Testimony

Mr. Brent E. Christopher, President & CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas, TX. Testimony

Ms. Leslie Osche, Executive Director, United Way of Butler County, Butler, PA. Testimony


Mr. William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy, Jewish Federations of North America, Washington, DC. Testimony

Ms. Ruth Thomas, Vice President of Finance and Administration, SAT-7, Easton, MD. Testimony

Mr. John Ashmen, President, American Gospel Rescue Missions, Colorado Springs, CO. Testimony

Mr. John Berry, CEO & Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Atlanta, GA. Testimony

Mr. Larry Minnix, President & CEO, Leading Age, Washington, DC. Testimony

Mr. Scott Ferguson, President & CEO, United Way of Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus, GA. Testimony

Ms. LaKisha Bryant, CEO, United Way of Southwest Georgia, Albany, GA. Testimony



Mr. Mike King, President & CEO, Volunteers of America, Alexandria, VA. Testimony

Ms. Jimalita Tillman, Executive Director, Harold Washington Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Testimony

Mr. Tim Delaney, President, National Council of Nonprofits, Washington, DC. Testimony

Mr. Bill Kitson, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH. Testimony

Ms. Naomi Adler, President & CEO, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, White Planes, NY. Testimony

Ms. Cynthia Gordineer, President & CEO, United Way of Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, NC. Testimony

Ms. Karen Rathke, President & CEO, Heartland United Way, Grand Island, NE. Testimony

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Mr. Earle I. Mack, Retired Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Finland, Fort Lee, NJ. Testimony

Mr. Andrew Watt, President & CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arlington, VA. Testimony

Mr. John Palatiello, President, Business Coalition for Fair Competition, Reston, VA. Testimony

Mr. Tony Ross, President, United Way of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. Testimony

Mr. William Hanbury, CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area, Vienna, VA. Testimony

Ms. Lisa Ireland, Executive Director, United Way of Orleans County, Medina, NY. Testimony

Ms. Tory Irgang, Executive Director, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Jamestown, NY. Testimony

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