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PRESS RELEASE: ACR Applauds Strong Support for Charitable Giving in Senate Finance Committee Hearing

Bipartisan support shown for keeping the charitable deduction intact

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) applauded testimony in today’s Finance Committee Hearing, which focused on incentives for charitable giving, for showing strong support for preserving the charitable deduction and ensuring giving continues to serve those in need.

“We applaud Senators Hatch, Baucus and others for their support in preserving giving, especially in today’s tough economic climate,” said Sue Santa, Senior Vice President of The Philanthropy Roundtable. “We also applaud those who testified on behalf of charitable giving, reiterating its importance to charitable organizations.  Those organizations are providing help to many in desperate need, and as we heard in today’s hearing, now is not the time to experiment with changing the charitable deduction.”

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Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Charitable Incentives

Members of Congress and witnesses advocate preserving the charitable deduction

Today, October 18, 2011, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing entitled “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Charitable Giving.”

Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and John Thune (R-SD) attended the hearing. They heard from Dr. Frank Sammartino, Assistant Director For Tax Analysis, Congressional Budget Office; Elder Dallin H. Oaks, The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Dr. Eugene Steuerle, Richard B. Fisher Chair and Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute; Mr. Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide; and Mr. Roger Colinvaux, Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

In a press release the Alliance for Charitable Reform applauded testimony in today’s hearing, which focused on incentives for charitable giving, for showing strong support for preserving the charitable deduction and ensuring giving continues to serve those in need.

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***Just Announced*** Senate Hearing on Charitable Giving Tax Incentives - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Baucus to Seek Ways to Efficiently Stimulate Charitable Giving at Tax Reform hearing

Here are updates on the Senate hearing:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will convene a hearing on Tuesday to consider how tax reform can efficiently stimulate charitable giving.  The hearing, titled “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Charitable Giving,” will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  This hearing is the latest in a set of hearings being held this fall to examine various segments of the economy and tax code.

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Event Update- ACR Fly In/Speak Out

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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Charitable Deduction Saved—for Now

Senate version of the jobs bill does not include a limit on charitable deduction

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced on October 6th that he removed the charitable deduction cap from the American Jobs Act. Included in the President’s proposal was a 28% cap on itemized deductions (including the charitable deduction).

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Nonprofits Fly In and Speak Out to Preserve Charitable Giving

Consider This…

15 members of the Senate Finance Committee.

19 members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

6 members of the Super Committee.

This week, ACR and our allies in the charitable community took to Capitol Hill to talk about the need to maintain a robust charitable deduction and resist any efforts to reduce or eliminate it.  Seven teams from around the country participated in our “Fly In/Speak Out” event.  Those teams fanned out over the Hill and participated in 35 meetings with House and Senate members and staff.  We were a diverse bunch including representatives from the YMCA, the Detroit Zoo, the Boston Youth Symphony and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. 

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ACR Newsletter 10.7.11

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

EVENT UPDATE

ACR Fly In/Speak Out: Preserving Charitable Giving

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.

Washington Roundup:

  • Lobby Day
  • Jobs Bill and the Millionaire Tax
  • Urban Institute

Consider This: Nonprofits Fly In and Speak Out to Preserve Charitable Giving

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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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