Act Now! Giving Voice, Giving Threatened, Giving Thanks

November 20, 2017

Give voice to tax reform's effect on charitable giving while you can!
Orchestras, please keep speaking up as the House and Senate rapidly act to advance tax reform! While members of Congress are in their home districts and states for the Thanksgiving holiday, key policy leaders are making plans NOW for what will make it into a tax overhaul that could have lasting implications for the future of charitable giving to your orchestra and the other nonprofit organizations serving your community.


Charitable giving threatened under tax reform proposals!
The House has passed its tax reform bill, and the full Senate is preparing to take action next week. Big differences between the overall approaches to these two bills will have to be worked out, which means there will be important opportunities to make changes. As both chambers of Congress rush to piece together a final bill before the end of 2017, we need your help to make sure that all elected officials understand how tax proposals will affect charitable giving:
  • The current tax reform bills do NOT preserve the full scope and value of the charitable deduction: although the charitable deduction is preserved for taxpayers who will continue to itemize, under current tax reform proposals, the charitable deduction will NO LONGER be available to 95% of all taxpayersbecause of the expansion of the standard deduction. That means:
    • Over 30 million taxpayers will no longer have the charitable deduction available to them.
    • Charitable contributions would DECLINE by $13 billion or more per year.
  • A growing number of members of Congress are recognizing the reality of the negative consequences and are voicing interest in finding a fix.
  • The SOLUTION is a universal charitable deduction for all taxpayers, including those who take the standard deduction. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has prepared the Universal Charitable Giving Act for introduction in the Senate, and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) also introduced the Universal Charitable Giving Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Giving thanks for your advocacy!
Orchestras across the country are speaking up and being heard. Thank you for your participation! Please keep in mind the following important reminders:
  • Your 501(c)(3) organization is permitted to speak up on the issues that matter to your community!
  • If you are making personal contacts outside of the League's online advocacy portal--great! Those personal contacts are the most effective kind. Just be sure to let the League's D.C. Advocacy office know so that we can reinforce your efforts in D.C.
  • We are tracking the full array of tax reform issues that impact orchestras. For more information, please see our updated summary of tax reform proposals.