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POLICY CALL-TO-ACTION | Charitable giving is down: Here’s what you can do about it.

October 5, 2018. According to the latest report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, charitable giving has taken a hit in 2018: Among 13,000 organizations analyzed, they’ve found a 2 percent drop in money donated and a 6.6 percent drop in donors over last year.

The proximate cause for this trend appears to be provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in 2017, that significantly curtailed tax incentives for donors. At the time it was being debated, expert observers – including the American Enterprise Institute, Indiana University, and Independent Sector – predicted that the new law would cost nonprofits $11-20 billion in expected donations; unfortunately, that forecast now appears accurate.

Nonprofits have an opportunity to influence this. Legislation authored in the House of Representatives, H.R. 5771, the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act, would amend the tax code to give all taxpayers the opportunity to make tax-deductible donations, restoring a powerful donor benefit that has helped nonprofits meet their goals, and make a greater impact, for over a century.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

Contact your representative and ask them to cosponsor the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act, H.R. 5771, and help restore lost revenue – and impact – to those of us on the front lines of Georgia’s most pressing challenges. Here are two ways.

1) Email or tweet your U.S. Representatives to deliver this simple message:

Revenue for Georgia’s charities is dropping due to changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Please cosponsor H.R. 5771, giving every taxpayer the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions, and help restore the capacity of our state’s vital community service providers.

To email: Find emailing information for your U.S. Representative by visiting their “contact” page. If you don’t know who your representative is, visit www.contactingcongress.org. Once there, you can enter your zip code, scroll down to find your representative, and click on the “email” icon, as highlighted in this screengrab:
 

 

2) Call your U.S. Representative and tell them:

Revenue for Georgia’s charitable organizations is dropping due to changes made by the the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Please cosponsor Rep. Christopher Smith’s Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act (H.R. 5771), giving every taxpayer the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions, and help restore the lost revenue and capacity of our state’s most vital community service providers.

To call: Reach your U.S. Representative by dialing the House switchboard at 202-225-3121 and following the automated instructions.