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Protect Giving Days: Tell Congress To Preserve Charitable Tax Deduction

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I am one of the many people speaking out against about the proposed talk of reducing the charitable giving deduction of some taxpayers to charities. As you can see below non profit groups and coalitions ranging from helping the poor to education and fighting cancer are concerned about the impact to their good work of any reduction in the charitable giving deduction.

Today and tomorrow are Protect Giving Days across our nation. I heartily endorse this effort. I am a member of Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network, Washington Planned Giving Council and Association of Fundraising Professionals. I have helped to foster philanthropy for 25 years in our region. During these difficult times we must continue to help worthy causes through the charitable giving deduction.

The non profit sector provides services in ways that government is unable. This is a non partisan effort and the hit to non profits from a reduction of the charitable giving deduction could be huge. It is estimated that a reduction in the charitable giving deduction will cost non profits and those that depend on them $5-6 Billion. That's a huge impact!

Please contact your US Congress members to stop any attempts to roll back the charitable giving deduction.The effort is endorsed by the Charitable Giving Coalition a wide range of groups including: 

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, 
  • United Way Worldwide, Salvation Army, 
  • Catholic Charities USA, 
  • American Council on Education, 
  • American Institute for Cancer Research, 
  • Independent Sector, 
  • The Philanthropy Roundtable; and 
  • many others.


Click here for a blog post by Micheal Rosen, author of "Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing."

Click here to send a message to your U.S. Congress member via the Association for Fundraising Professional web site.

Stand up for charities in Renton and across our state and nationwide! Tell your U.S. Congressional members to preserve the full charitable tax deduction for everyone. Help the hungry, preserve our environment, provide breakthrough heath research and healing, education and more. Your phone call or  email can help save $5-6 billion for charity. It just takes two minutes--talk about return on your investment of time!

Thank you for your consideration,

—Richard Bray, Renton

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