01 January 2012

Charitable Giving Coalition

What is the Charitable Giving Coalition?

Formed in 2009, the Charitable Giving Coalition is dedicated to preserving the law that provides a charitable tax deduction for taxpayers who give money to charities. The coalition’s members represent a unified voice to raise awareness among lawmakers in Washington, D.C. about the value of the charitable deduction and its impact throughout America in providing essential community services.

The coalition is comprised of a broad cross-section of diverse nonprofit, charitable and other organizations that serve millions of people throughout America. Members include the Council on Foundations, United Way Worldwide, Catholic Charities USA, the American Red Cross, the American Council on Education, the American Institute for Cancer Research, Jewish Federations of North America, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Independent Sector and The Philanthropy Roundtable, among others. (See below).

What’s at stake?
America’s century-old tradition of providing tax incentives to encourage giving through charitable donations helps create jobs, improve education and health care, protect the environment, aid the most vulnerable and more. Today, America depends on a strong philanthropic sector, whose role as a safety net and innovator is more important than ever for a faster, sustainable economic recovery. This is particularly true as local, state and federal budgets and nonprofits continue to suffer the consequences of America’s recession – increased demand for services with significantly fewer resources to get the job done.

Now is not the time to dismantle this vital incentive that supports the crucial work of the nonprofit sector. Yet, in the coming weeks, Congress will consider whether to retain, modify, or eliminate the charitable deduction during its deliberations on tax reform and deficit reduction. Any caps or limits on charitable giving will have a devastating impact on charities and nonprofits. If donors have less incentive to give to charities – donations decline. The result – the loss of billions of dollars, which would impede the important work that nonprofits do for the millions of Americans who rely on them, as well as threaten the jobs that the sector provides.

The facts:

  • Nonprofits generate $1.1 trillion every year for important human services.
  • One in 10 Americans work for a nonprofit—a total of 13.5 million jobs.
  • Nonprofits account for 5.4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product and 9 percent of all wages paid.
  • The sector is incredibly diverse, supporting efforts to:
    • Develop such medications as insulin and the polio vaccine
    • Provide educational opportunities and access to better health care
    • Develop technologies such as the MRI, electron microscope, and pacemaker
    • Ensure housing and shelter for the most vulnerable
    • Provide access to the arts and cultural activities

What is “Protect Giving–D.C. Days“?
On December 4–5, 2012, hundreds of the coalition’s members from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., for “Protect Giving–D.C. Days.” Participants will meet with members of Congress and their staffs to encourage them to preserve the charitable deduction, sustain local nonprofits and other worthy causes and consider the potential impact that a decline in private giving would have on crucial local programs and services. Click here to read more.

Read past letters to Members of Congress and the Administration from the Charitable Giving Coalition here.

How can I join the coalition or support its advocacy efforts?
To join the Charitable Giving Coalition or support its activities, contact Jason Lee (jlee@afpnet.org)

The Charitable Giving Coalition Membership:

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Alliance for Charitable Reform
Alliance for Children and Families
Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers
American Association of Museums
American Council on Education
American Continental Group
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Red Cross
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Americans for the Arts
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Association of American Universities
Association of Art Museum Directors
Association of Christian Schools International
Association of Direct Response Fundraising Counsel
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Catholic Charities USA
CDR Fundraising Group
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Council on Foundations
DMA Nonprofit Federation and DMA
DMW Direct
Easter Seals
Eberlee Communications
Educational Media Foundation
Evangelical Council For Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Girl Scouts of the USA
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Independent Sector
Jewish Federations of North America
Leadership 18
League of American Orchestras
Lutheran Services in America
Mental Health America
National Association of Children’s Hospitals and
Related Institutions
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Independent Schools
National Catholic Development Conference
National Council on Aging
National Council for Behavioral Health Care
National Council of Nonprofits
National Human Services Assembly
OPERA America
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
The Philanthropy Roundtable
The Salvation Army
Theater Communications Group
United Neighborhood Centers of America
United Way Worldwide
Volunteers of America
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP
YMCA of the USA