The Alliance for Charitable Reform helped host Protect Giving Day on Nov. 20 in Washington, D.C. The rally brought more than 200 charitable sector leaders representing 140 organizations from around the country to Capitol Hill to urge members of Congress to protect the charitable tax deduction. Participants conducted meetings with more than 150 congressional offices, including nearly every member of the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Budget Conference Committee. Additionally, they circulated a letter from Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) to their Senate colleagues asking them to support “the full value and scope” of the charitable deduction.
Many others who could not come to Washington wrote editorials, sent letters to their representatives, called congressional offices, blogged, tweeted, and spread the word through their networks about the challenges facing our sector. Watch an Alliance for Charitable Reform video roundup of the day here.
Here is a selection of news clips about Protect Giving Day and the letter from Senators Wyden and Thune:
• Lawmakers Get Earful On Protecting Charitable Deduction,
The Nonprofit Times
• Charities to Lobby Congress to Preserve Tax Deductions,
The Los Angeles Times
• Senators Call for Preservation of Charitable Deduction,
• Top Senators Lobby for Charitable Deduction,
• (Video) Protect Giving Day Panel Opening Remarks,
Alliance for Charitable Reform
The deadline for Senators to sign the Wyden/Thune letter is December 12.