Charitable Deduction Central

ACR was established to promote the rights of donors and private foundations to choose how and where to spend their charitable assets and to defend against any initiative that seeks to use the legislative or political process to weaken that right to choose. 

Towards that end, we will oppose any legislative proposals that inhibit or diminish private charitable giving, which includes speaking up for a strong charitable giving incentive during tax reform debates.  To learn more about ACR’s guiding principles for tax reform, please click here.

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Latest Developments

01/23/14 33 Senators Sign Wyden/Thune Letter on Charitable Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C.— One-third of the U.S. Senate has joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) in publicly calling for the protection of the “full value and scope” of the charitable deduction in any comprehensive tax reform legislation. A total of 33 Senators—17 Republicans and 16 Democrats—signed the letter authored by Wyden and Thune that was submitted to the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee today.

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12/12/13 CALL TO ACTION: Deadline Approaching for Signatories of Wyden/Thune Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) – both members of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees tax policy – recently authored a letter to fellow congressional members urging them to support protecting the “full value” of the charitable deduction. The deadline for other Senators to sign-on to this letter is this Friday, December 13.

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11/20/13 Charitable Deduction Wins Key Bipartisan Senate Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The charitable deduction won strong bipartisan support today from key Senate leaders as more than 200 frontline representatives from the nonprofit and charitable sectors gathered in Washington, D.C. to warn that any limitations to the charitable tax deduction would have cascading consequences.

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» For more news on the charitable deduction click here: Charitable Deduction—News

ACR Statements

01/23/14 PRESS RELEASE: ACR Applauds Senate Effort to Protect Charitable Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) issued the following statement upon the announcement that 33 Senators—17 Republicans and 16 Democrats—have signed a letter authored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) calling for the preservation of the “full value and scope” of the charitable deduction.

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12/03/13 Further Evidence Giving Impacted By Charitable Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A 28 percent cap on the charitable deduction will reduce charitable giving by $9.4 billion in one year alone, according to research discussed today at a public event by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The study is another confirmation that any limitation of the charitable deduction would have significant repercussions on giving.

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11/14/13 November 20: America’s Communities, Charities Face Urgent Threat

WASHINGTON, D.C—On November 20th, more than 200 frontline nonprofit and charitable sector leaders will gather in Washington to warn members of Congress of the cascading consequences that could be set off by harmful limitations to the charitable tax deduction. The Charitable Giving Coalition – a group of more than 60 nonprofits, foundations and other charitable organizations – represents a growing chorus of people from throughout America delivering a clear message to lawmakers – “I am the charitable deduction” – and sharing real-life examples about the impact of charities and the ripple effects of the charitable sector at work in communities every day.

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Take Action

To take action now on the charitable deduction click here.


Recent proposals to eliminate or alter the charitable deduction:

  • President Obama has proposed limiting the charitable deduction for high-income earners in several proposals over the past few years including his FY 2014 budget.

» For more proposals click here: Charitable Deduction—Proposals

Recent studies, reports and polling information on the impact of changes to the charitable deduction from a variety of sources.

» For more background click here: Charitable Deduction—Research

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Recent opinion and thought pieces by experts, scholars, and leaders in (and outside) the nonprofit sector on the charitable deduction.

» For more opinions and thought click here: Charitable Deduction—What Others are Saying

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Following are additonal resources on charitable giving.

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Interested in getting involved with efforts to protect the charitable deduction?
Contact William Coughlin ( for more information.