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Nonprofit Leaders Meet with Over 30 Members of Congress to Support the Charitable Deduction

Nonprofit Leaders Reiterate the Most Harm Will be to Those Who Use Nonprofit Services

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nonprofit leaders from all over the country came to Washington Thursday to speak out against proposals to limit the charitable deduction and met with more than 30 members of Congress, including those on the powerful Finance, Ways and Means and Super Committees.

The diverse group of leaders brought the message that giving is down, the demand for services is rising and government funds are dwindling.  They advised lawmakers that the president’s proposal to cap the itemized deduction at 28% would reduce charitable giving and ultimately will harm those they serve and who need help the most.

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ACR Fly In/Speak Out: Preserving Charitable Giving

October 6, 2011

ACR gathered over 30 philanthropic and nonprofit organizations from across the country in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2011. We met with nearly three dozen Congressional offices to educate them about the importance of protecting the current charitable deduction from the 28% cap proposed by the Administration.

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PRESS RELEASE: ACR & Charitable Groups Taking to Capitol Hill

Nonprofit Leaders to go to Congress for “Fly In/Speak Out: Preserve Giving”, Meet with Elected Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 40 nonprofit leaders will meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill Thursday, October 6th, to reinforce the message that reducing the charitable deduction to pay for the President’s job plan will affect those hit the hardest by the economy.  Nonprofit leaders have united in opposing any changes, including this proposal that will reduce giving.

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State Legislation

State Alert: Massachusetts Board & Executive Compensation

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment as part of the Senate budget to prohibit public charities from providing board compensation without prior approval from the state Attorney General.  The amendment also provides that the AG may review executive compensation and, if the AG does a review, must report findings to the legislature.  This budget measure did not survive conference committee negotiations.  Nonetheless, it remains a priority of the state attorney general. The provision on board compensation is similar to a bill sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Martha Walz earlier in the session.

Current Status

The Senate bill (S. 824 and companion S. 825) are currently under consideration by the legislature.

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Nonprofit Organizations Strongly Support Keeping the Charitable Deduction Intact

Coalition of Organizations Send Letter to Congress, Plan Day on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to proposals to limit the charitable contribution tax deduction, a coalition of nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the members of the “Super Committee” laying out the potential damage to Americans seeking help from nonprofit services.

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Charitable Deduction | Federal

ACR Signs on to Letter: Save the Charitable Deduction

Today, ACR and The Philanthropy Roundtable joined with other national nonprofit organizations in sending a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to oppose efforts to reduce or cap the value of itemized deductions for charitable contributions as part of the President’s American Jobs Act.

As the letter notes: “To limit the charitable deduction would be to limit our spirit of philanthropy in a time where the demand for charitable services is at its peak, and would adversely affect the less fortunate in our society in deep and direct ways.”

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Federal Legislation

President’s Jobs Bill and Nonprofits

Consider This…

Let’s step away from the Super Committee for a moment and take a look at the President’s jobs bill and how it might affect the tax exempt sector.

We know that one of the ways the bill is paid for is through a permanent 28 percent cap on the deduction for charitable giving. That proposal has been around for a while and we have reported on it previously. We believe it would cast a chill on giving and ultimately shrink the charitable sector, likely reducing the number of jobs in the sector.

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ACR newsletter (9.23.11)

Friday, September 23, 2011

The latest edition of the ACR newsletter is available below. Here are highlights:


ACR Charitable Deduction Lobby Day
October 6, 2011
Washington, D.C.


ACR is hosting a Charitable Deduction Lobby Day on Thursday, October 6th in Washington, D.C., to educate key Members of Congress on our position to preserve charitable giving incentives. There will be a working dinner on the evening of October 5th.

Last week, the Administration proposed a new jobs bill which is to be, in part, paid for with a substantial cut to the value of the charitable deduction. He has also asked the “Super Committee” to consider his Jobs bill as part of their work. In addition, we expect the Senate Finance Committee to hold a hearing on charitable giving incentives in mid-October. ACR is hosting this Lobby Day to provide Senate Finance Committee members, and others key Members of Congress the benefit of ACR’s resources and position on charitable giving incentives.

For more details visit:

We welcome participation by grant making and grant receiving organizations.

Washington Roundup:

  • Deficit Reduction
  • Funding the Government

In the States: Massachuetts: Board & Executive Compensation

Consider This: President’s Jobs Bill and Nonprofits

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Federal Legislation | Events

Event - ACR Fly-In/Speak Out: Preserving Charitable Giving

Join us in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2011

ACR Fly-In/Speak Out: Preserving the Charitable Giving

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011 (plus working dinner on Wednesday, October 5)
RSVP: Sasha Simpson ( )

This week, the Administration proposed a new Jobs bill which is to be, in part, paid for with a substantial cut to the value of the charitable deduction…

In addition, we expect the Senate Finance Committee to hold a hearing on charitable giving incentives in mid-October.  The lead-up to this hearing gives us an additional opportunity to provide these Senators with the real-world impact of cutting the charitable deduction, which we hope will inform the debate and discussion… 

ACR is hosting a Fly-In/Speak Out to preserve charitable giving on Thursday, October 6th in Washington, DC (with a working dinner the evening before to prepare for the next day).

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Federal Legislation

President’s Jobs Plan Limits the Charitable Deduction

Yesterday, September 12th, President Obama released details on how he will finance the job creation plan he outlined to Congress last week. The $447-billion jobs bill (titled the American Jobs Act) would be paid for in part by limiting itemized deductions (including the charitable deduction) to 28 percent for families with taxable income of $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals).

The president has proposed limiting itemized deductions several times during his presidency including in his FY 2011 and FY2012 budgets and to pay for healthcare reform.

The nonprofit community has rallied in opposition. Sandra Swirski of ACR responds to the president’s plan in the Chronicle of Philanthropy noting “That’s exactly the wrong direction to go in… And at the end of the day, limiting the charitable deduction is going to hurt [those in need] the most.”

Also, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to hold a hearing in mid-October on charitable giving incentives, chief among them is the charitable deduction. We can expect plenty of activity aimed at Washington in the interim.

UPDATE: 10/7/ Charitable deduction cap pulled from the American Jobs Act by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Read more.


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