Act Now! Protect Charitable Giving - (September 13, 2011)

Charitable Giving Incentives and Nonprofit Jobs at Stake

Washington, D.C. - Your advocacy is needed NOW to help defend charitable giving incentives. As Congress considers the President's jobs plan and wrangles over how to generate revenue to meet new debt limit requirements, proposals to curtail the income tax deduction for gifts to 501(c)(3) organizations are in play.

The President has proposed limiting deductibility for charitable gifts to 28% for higher income tax payers, which could reduce charitable giving by as much as $7 billion per year. This proposal was included in the Obama FY12 budget proposal and is also included in the jobs package released yesterday.

Tell Congress that the nonprofit community represents a major segment of the workforce (1 in 10 workers) and is essential to strengthening the vitality of communities nationwide. Reducing charitable giving incentives would weaken the charitable sector at a time when nonprofit jobs and services are needed most.

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.



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