Speak Up! Charitable Giving Incentives at Risk - (November 16, 2011)

Weigh in Now on Charitable Giving Incentives

Washington, D.C. - Orchestras have sent more than 1,000 messages to Congress urging policymakers to protect incentives for charitable giving as the debate over deficit reduction moves ahead. Have you made your voice heard? In just one week, the deficit reduction "SuperCommittee" is set to issue recommendations for increasing revenue and decreasing federal spending over the course of the next 10 years. Several proposals to limit tax incentives for charitable giving have been on the table in the final negotiations.

Tell Congress that:

  • Charitable giving is a significant revenue source for a broad range of nonprofit organizations, which cannot withstand even slight declines in contributions given the fragility of all revenue sources.
  • Unlike other tax deductions, charitable giving incentives do not increase the wealth of individual donors: they are an investment in the public good.
  • Changes to charitable giving incentives in the interest of short-term revenue gain will have lasting unintended consequences for nonprofit services and jobs.

Contact Congress: The League has set up an e-advocacy campaign with a sample letter to Congress, talking points, and complete background on this pivotal policy issue. Please contact your members of Congress today to let them know how your orchestra serves the public and how essential charitable giving is to that work. Be sure to personalize your message with details about your orchestra. Policymakers have been surprised to learn that orchestras count on private contributions for roughly 40% of the revenue that enables them to serve communities through music.


Please direct any related questions to Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Najean Lee, Senior Manager, Government Affairs & Education Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America