Nonprofits, Foundations Show Support for Charitable Giving Incentive

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Nonprofit and foundation leaders from across the country traveled to Washington, DC, last week to make the case to Congress that the charitable giving tax incentive is an effective tool for supporting good works in communities. Organized by the Charitable Giving Coalition, the 100 Years of Charitable Giving DC Fly-In enjoyed the participation on Capitol Hill of 200 individuals from 37 states and the District of Columbia. Teams of nonprofit staffers, board members, and funders attended numerous meetings with Senators, Representatives, and staff to deliver key messages about the importance of retaining the charitable deduction as lawmakers consider comprehensive tax reforms this year. Responses from elected officials ranged from unambiguous support (“I’m with you”) to questions about data and impact and uncertainty about when and how the tax-reform process will play out. The Fly-In demonstrated that the nonprofit and foundation communities are united in support of preserving the charitable deduction that was first enacted in 1917 (hence the “100 Years” designation). Fly-In participants also advanced proposals to expand this giving incentive so it is universally available to all Americans to support their communities through enactment of a non-itemizer deduction.

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