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Charitable Sector Mourns Loss of U.S. Rep. Walorski

(WASHINGTON) - Today, five national organizations from the U.S. charitable sector released this statement about U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and two of her staff members. The three passed away on August 3, 2022.

The organizations are: Independent Sector, Council on Foundations, National Council of Nonprofits, Philanthropy Roundtable, and United Philanthropy Forum. 

"We are shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and two members of her dedicated staff, Emma Thomson and Zachery Potts. As a former nonprofit director, co-chair of the Congressional Philanthropy Caucus, and a co-lead of powerful charitable giving legislation, Rep. Walorski was a true champion for our sector and nation. Our hearts go out to the families of all the victims, their loved ones, and the people of Indiana."


The Council on Foundations exists to help philanthropy be a trusted partner in advancing the greater good. Building on our 70-year history, we are charting a course where funders earn and maintain the public's trust by advancing equity, operating with high integrity, collaborating on broad scale challenges, and serving as ethical stewards. Learn more about the Council and becoming a member by visiting

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