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Your Letters Needed to Pass the CARE Act!

(Oct. 18, 2005) With national attention focused on Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts, Congress is giving another look to the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, and your help is needed now!

The bill (it's called the CARE Act in the Senate, and the Charitable Giving Act in the House) has been reintroduced, and several of its key sponsors indicate there is a strong possibility that the legislation can pass this year!

AFP strongly encourages its members to write letters to their members of Congress (their U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators) and urge them to co-sponsor and pass the legislation immediately.

The bill contains the same charitable giving provisions that AFP has supported in the past: the IRA rollover and enhanced deductions for gifts of food inventory, books and other items. There are a few differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, but they are both good for the sector.

For more detailed information about what's in the two bills, click on the link below.

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What You Can Do To Help

Write to your House Member and your two U.S. Senators. If you don't know them, click on this link and find out. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

http://www.house.gov/

Two draft letters are provided below (one for each of your two U.S. Senators and one for your U.S. Representative).

Points to Emphasize

  • Charities are the frontline response to tragedies such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The CARE Act will do much to exponentially enhance charities' efforts for all Americans in the aftermath of such disasters.
  • Charities continue to experience tough times as charitable giving lags behind the economic recovery. Charities need these new giving incentives to help operate and expand their critically needed programs.
  • The charitable giving incentives in the bill, especially the IRA rollover, may increase giving to all of the nation's nonprofits by several billion dollars annually.
  • These bills are essentially the same ones that passed the Senate by a 95-5 vote and that passed the House by a 408-13 vote in the previous Congress. These charity-relief measures have strong bi-partisan support.

Momentum is vital to ensure the passage of the CARE Act, and AFP strongly urges you to contact your Members of Congress now and let them know how important these proposals are to you and your organization.

If you have any questions, please contact jlee@afpnet.org.

Sample Letter - U.S. Senators

Date
The Honorable _________
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator ____________:

I am writing on behalf of [NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION] to ask you to pass the Charity, Aid, Recovery and Empowerment Act (CARE Act).

Provisions in the CARE Act (S. 1780) would create powerful new charitable giving incentives that would greatly assist the altruistic endeavors of charities throughout the country. This bill will do much to bolster the selfless efforts of our nation's charities, particularly as they struggle to help the Gulf Coast respond to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The bill not only contains important giving incentives such as the IRA rollover and enhanced deductions for contributions of food inventories and books, but also charity accountability measures, including additional disclosures and penalties.

The provisions in the CARE Act are vital to ensure the continued viability of charities. The economy has hit charities just as hard as, if not harder than, the corporate sector. Many organizations have been forced to scale back programs or even close their doors permanently. Total giving across the country over the past several years has been very flat, and in some years, actually decreased. Charities need the extra funding that these proposals would create--especially in this time of heightened demand on the limited pool of charitable dollars.

In my organization's particular case, [PLEASE PROVIDE, IF POSSIBLE, A DISCUSSION OF THE CHALLENGES THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION IS FACING AND HOW THE CARE ACT WILL HELP YOU MEET THOSE CHALLENGES.]

The CARE Act is relatively inexpensive, especially considering the important new support it will generate for charities. Perhaps more importantly, the CARE Act has broad bipartisan support. In the previous Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the bill (S. 476) by a 95-5 vote, and the House of Representatives passed companion legislation (H.R. 7) by a similarly large margin (408-13). However, despite the overwhelming support from both Houses, this vital bill languished before a conference could be convened prior to that Congress' adjournment.

The CARE Act will provide immense help to the sector, and Congress needs to approve it quickly. The sooner the bill is passed, the more charities can do to provide critically needed services and programs, particularly along the Gulf Coast in areas have been hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Please co-sponsor and support passage of the CARE Act. Urge your colleagues and Senate leadership to pass S. 1780. Our organizations, our donors and the people we serve are counting on you.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Sample Letter - U.S. Representative

Date
The Honorable _____
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman/Congresswoman____________:

I am writing on behalf of [NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION] to ask you to pass the Charitable Giving Act of 2005 (H.R. 3908).

Provisions in the Charitable Giving Act would create powerful new charitable giving incentives that would greatly assist the altruistic endeavors of charities throughout the country. This bill will do much to bolster the selfless efforts of our nation's charities, particularly as they struggle to help the Gulf Coast respond to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The bill not only contains important giving incentives such as the IRA rollover and enhanced deductions for contributions of food inventories and books, but also charity accountability measures, including additional disclosures and penalties.

The provisions in the Charitable Giving Act are vital to ensure the continued viability of charities. The economy has hit charities just as hard as, if not harder than, the corporate sector. Many organizations have been forced to scale back programs or even close their doors permanently. Total giving across the country over the past several years has been very flat, and in some years, actually decreased. Charities need the extra funding that these proposals would create--especially in this time of heightened demand on the limited pool of charitable dollars.

In my organization's particular case, [PLEASE PROVIDE, IF POSSIBLE, A DISCUSSION OF THE CHALLENGES THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION ARE FACING AND HOW THE CHARITABLE GIVING ACT WILL HELP YOU MEET THOSE CHALLENGES.]

The Charitable Giving Act is relatively inexpensive, especially considering the important new support it will generate for charities. Perhaps more importantly, the Charitable Giving Act has broad bipartisan support. In the previous Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the bill (S. 476) by a 95-5 vote, and the House of Representatives passed companion legislation (H.R. 7) by a similarly large margin (408-13). However, despite the overwhelming support from both Houses, this vital bill languished before a conference could be convened prior to that Congress' adjournment.

The Charitable Giving Act will provide immense help to the sector, and Congress needs to approve it quickly. The sooner the bill is passed, the more charities can do to provide critically needed services and programs, particularly along the Gulf Coast in areas have been hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Please co-sponsor and support passage of the Charitable Giving Act. Urge your colleagues and the House leadership to pass H.R. 3908. Our organizations, our donors and the people we serve are counting on you.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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