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UNITED WAY: Advocating to preserve the charitable tax deduction

Feb 16, 2013   //   News  //  No Comments

By Kevin J. Wilhelm

On Valentine’s Day, 14 state and local United Way CEOs, as well as United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee about preserving the charitable tax deduction and the central role that charitable giving plays in strengthening communities.

Gallagher urged the committee to preserve the charitable deduction for all donors and asked that they consider ways to further incentivize private charitable giving. The CEOs of the 13 state and local United Ways testified that a modification to the charitable deduction would impact their ability to respond to the unique needs of their community.

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Over 40 Nonprofit Officials and Experts to Testify on Charitable Deduction

Feb 13, 2013   //   News  //  No Comments

By Suzanne Perry

More than 40 nonprofit leaders and experts are scheduled to testify on Thursday at a Congressional hearing on proposals to modify the charitable deduction.

The House Ways and Means Committee, sponsor of the hearing, will receive testimony from representatives of trade associations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and National Council of Nonprofits and charities including the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Meals on Wheels, and Volunteers of America.

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New Limits On Tax Deductions May Reduce Donations, Charities Fear

Jan 16, 2013   //   News  //  No Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charities and nonprofit organizations are worried that new limits on tax deductions for high earners will hurt donations just as charitable giving is starting to rebound from the depths of the recession.

Experts doubt the new limits on deductions will have much impact on giving, but some major nonprofit organizations fear they’re a sign that the charitable deduction is no longer sacrosanct on Capitol Hill, just as Congress is promising a broader effort later this year to overhaul the tax code.

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How Charities Won a High-Stakes Battle on Donor Tax Breaks

Jan 13, 2013   //   News  //  No Comments

By Doug Donovan and Suzanne Perry


The threat that a deficit-cutting Congress might limit the value of the charitable deduction has ignited a brand of advocacy that is rarely seen in the nonprofit world.

Hundreds of charities across the country contacted lawmakers last month to urge them to reject proposals they say would dampen giving. Nonprofit associations have formed coalitions, sent lobbyists to Capitol Hill, paid for advertising, and met with White House officials.

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Key Players in Fiscal Cliff Tax Issues

Jan 13, 2013   //   News  //  No Comments

By Doug Donovan and Suzanne Perry

As Congress haggled over ways to avert the “fiscal cliff,” the White House asked nonprofits to support its efforts to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to counter Republican efforts to reduce the budget deficit mostly through spending cuts. Some groups agreed to make President Obama’s case to their supporters, while others chose to avoid what they feared could give a partisan taint to their efforts to prevent limits to the charitable deduction.

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Let’s Be Honest About What the Fiscal Cliff Means for Nonprofits

Dec 2, 2012   //   News  //  No Comments

By Michael King

Let’s be honest about the “fiscal cliff” and the faulty logic that claims that charitable tax deduction is a benefit for the wealthy that won’t be missed. Political leaders touting this bromide are justifying proposals to redirect these dollars away from important work happening in communities nationwide.

Congress is seriously considering caps or cuts to the charitable deduction. The potential result—millions served by America’s nonprofit sector will be hit with the double whammy of government cutbacks and decline in the support of organizations like Volunteers of America, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Boys & Girls Clubs and the American Cancer Society.

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Fiscal Cliff Leaves Non-Profits on Edge

Nov 26, 2012   //   News  //  No Comments

By Alex Rogers

Charities are worried this may be the last season of giving.

As Congress grapples with tax reform and deficit reduction, lawmakers are looking at limiting some long-standing tax deductions, including the one for charitable giving, as a way to raise revenue.

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Don’t Eliminate the Charitable Tax Deduction

Nov 26, 2012   //   News  //  No Comments

By Larry Snyder and Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher is president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. Father Larry Snyder is president of Catholic Charities USA.

The season of giving is a time to focus on what we hold dear. Hurricane Sandy certainly demonstrated that what we take for granted is what we miss most when it is taken from us. As leaders of nonprofits providing a broad cross-section of services to our communities, we worry this might be the case with the charitable tax deduction.

President Obama and Congress are considering caps or cuts to the 100-year-old tax benefit for those who give to charities and redirecting these dollars to federal coffers. Doing away with the charitable deduction at a time when people are still reeling from the recession and facing the consequences of government cutbacks is bad timing and bad logic. In short, fewer charitable dollars and government cutbacks are a double hit to those who need help the most.

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Nonprofits Spurred to Action as They See Fiscal Cliff Threatening Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations

Sep 27, 2012   //   News  //  No Comments

By Adriel Bettelheim

The season of giving is turning into an anxious time for charities and nonprofits worried that efforts to avert the fiscal cliff may limit the tax incentives for making charitable donations.

A group called the Charitable Giving Coalition is flying more than 200 executives from nonprofits to Washington on Dec. 4 and 5 as part of a lobbying blitz to preserve the federal tax deduction for charitable contributions, a target of deficit reduction efforts since President Barack Obama proposed capping it in 2009 to help pay for the health care overhaul.

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The Non Profit Times Power & Influence Top 50 2012

Aug 1, 2012   //   News  //  No Comments

Several Leadership 18 members were recognized as part of the Non Profit Times Power & Influence Top 50 2012.

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