Charitable Giving Incentives Still Under Debate in DC

February 12, 2013

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering potential changes to the tax incentives for charitable giving. While the recent fiscal cliff deal preserved the fundamental tax structure for charitable giving incentives, proposals to limit the tax deduction for charitable gifts remain on the table as policy leaders contemplate tax reform. Congress needs to understand that nonprofit groups, such as your orchestra, rely on charitable giving to support valuable services to the community. On Thursday, February 14, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on the tax deduction for charitable giving, and a special working group of the committee is being established to explore potential changes within the next six weeks.  This working group will also invite points of view from all members of Congress.  The League will be submitting testimony on behalf of orchestras, but it is also crucial that you speak up and weigh in with your members of Congress.

Please take the following three steps:

1.       Speak Now.  Send a communication to your member of Congress, going on record to explain that charitable giving is essential to supporting the work your orchestra does in its community, and ask that charitable giving incentives be maintained. Our online advocacy center has more background and clear messages you can personalize with details about the work your orchestra does to directly benefit your community.

2.       Identify Relationships.  Check with others in your organization to determine whether the orchestra already has a direct relationship with your member of Congress and their staff. Please reach out with a phone call to your member’s DC office with a reminder of the vital work the orchestra is doing in your community and to discuss the importance of protecting charitable giving incentives. If your orchestra has a close connection, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so the League can reinforce that connection in D.C.

3.       Show Your Value.  Invite your member of Congress and their staff to see your orchestra in action.  Congress will take a break from D.C. and return to their home districts March 23 through April 7. These are perfect times to schedule a meeting with your Representative and/or to extend an invitation for them to see how your orchestra serves your community.

Thank you for your advocacy, and please feel welcome to be in touch with any questions and to let us know of your contacts with your member of Congress. The League continues to meet with Ways & Means offices, in collaboration with our partners in the broader nonprofit community. Our efforts are only successful when supported by your actions.  Thank you!