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Hundreds of Charitable Leaders Descend on Capitol Hill to Make Case for Charitable Tax Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly 300 leaders from the Charitable Giving Coalition representing education, health, faith-based, arts and neighborhood revitalization organizations descended on Capitol Hill today making a strong case to protect the charitable tax deduction.

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“The message was clear. The crucial work of the charitable sector in our communities is at risk when any proposals to limit or cap the charitable tax deduction are considered,” said Rhett Butler from the American Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.

Charity and foundation representatives shared an infographic illustrating the ripple effects of the charitable sector at work in communities every day. The infographic of the charitable ecosystem is posted at

For every $1 subject to the charitable deduction, communities see $3 in benefits. No other tax provision generates that kind of positive community impact.

“Congress and the White House got a dose of ‘outside-the-beltway’ reality today,” said Stacey Stewart, President of United Way USA. “The charitable sector is inextricably linked to services that heal, educate, incubate businesses, train our workforce, support vital cures research and so much more.”

“We believe elected leaders are beginning to appreciate just how counterproductive it would be to undermine the charitable deduction in order to raise revenue,” said Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA. “This policy isn’t about benefits to the donor, it’s about who the charitable sector serves. Doing away with the charitable deduction at a time when people are still reeling from the recession and facing the consequences of government cutbacks is bad timing and bad logic. Those who need the most support will be hit hardest by any limits to the charitable deduction.”

A new national public opinion poll commissioned by United Way Worldwide shows strong support for a 100-year old American tradition of giving:

79 percent believe reducing or eliminating the charitable tax deduction would have a negative impact on charities and the people they serve.

62 percent indicate they would have to reduce their contributions by a significant amount – by 25 percent or more.

Two out of every three Americans (67 percent) are opposed to reducing the charitable tax deduction.

The Charitable Giving Coalition
Representing private and community foundations, their grantees and independent charities, the Charitable Giving Coalition’s members include United Way Worldwide, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Independent Sector, the Council on Foundations, The Philanthropy Roundtable, among others. Formed in 2009, the coalition is a broad cross-section of nonprofit organizations across the country, including both the nonprofit organizations themselves and the associations and umbrella groups that serve their needs. The coalition is dedicated to preserving the charitable giving incentive that ensures that our nation's charities receive the funds necessary to fulfill their essential philanthropic missions. The coalition provides a unique and unified voice on Capitol Hill on issues affecting the charitable deduction, a voice composed of both direct lobbying and robust grassroots advocacy

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