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The federal budget is a reflection of our nation’s health values

The Hill | August 17, 2017
The proposed changes in the way Medicaid is financed, as outlined in the administration’s budget, could result in millions of low-income people nationwide who no longer have access to healthcare coverage.

The Charitable Tax Deduction – An Aid to America’s Relief Agencies

HuffPost | August 16, 2017
The charitable tax deduction was created in 1917 and has remained a popular and powerful incentive to encourage charitable giving in America for the past 100 years. But that support may be in jeopardy.

Charities Coax Lawmakers to Rethink Tax Plan

The Wall Street Journal | August 6, 2017
Charities stand to lose billions in donations if Republicans advance their tax overhaul, prompting nonprofits to carefully attempt to persuade lawmakers to reshape their plan.

What Influences American Giving?

The Conversation | July 24, 2017
The The priorities of the American public are more diverse than ever, and that diversity is reflected in its giving habits. In 2016, donations to all of the nine major categories we track went up, for only the sixth time in the last 40 years.

The Philanthropy World Is Frightened That Trump’s Tax Plan Is Going to Slow Donations

Fast Company | July 21, 2017
A recent survey by Schwab Charitable reports 45% of its current donors and financial advisors are likely to reduce their annual giving if Trump’s proposed tax reforms take effect in 2018.

Charities Push GOP for Tax Reform Change

The Hill | July 16, 2017
The nonprofit sector is pressuring lawmakers and the White House to protect the charitable tax deduction. Groups in the nonprofit community say that tax-reform plans released by the Trump administration would have disastrous consequences, cutting into charitable donations nationwide.

Why Congress Should Let Everyone Deduct Charitable Gifts from Their Taxes

The Conversation | June 27, 2017
Some of the changes to the tax code that are in the works could discourage charitable giving as an unintended consequence.

Americans Expand the Idea of Giving – and Goodness

Christian Science Monitor | June 14, 2017
More people are not limiting the idea of supporting good causes to only charities, churches, or other nonprofits. In the past decade, another type of giving – called “impact investing” – has taken off.

More giving, more benefit for all

San Antonio Express-News | June 19, 2017
Would you give up $1 if you could get $3 in return? That’s how smart the public policy investment in the charitable tax deduction has been.

Marginal tax rate reduction could impact charitable giving

Grand Rapids Business Journal | June 16, 2017
William Roth, a tax partner a Michigan office of BDO USA LLP, outlines how tax reform may impact charitable giving.

An incentive to give – helping America help itself

The Hill | June 16, 2017
Mike King, national president and CEO of Volunteers of America and a member of Leadership 18, calls on Americans and lawmakers to support preserving and enhancing the charitable tax deduction.

Could GOP Tax Reform Put a Dent in Charitable Giving?

National Catholic Register | June 12, 2017
As President Donald Trump and Congress get set to undertake tax reform, some are concerned that Republican tax proposals could lead to drastic reductions in charitable giving.

Churches, nonprofits worry that tax changes could reduce donations

Columbus Dispatch | June 9, 2017
Although proposed tax policy proposals would reduce annual giving to religious organizations and charities alike, Ohio churches are more concerned by how dwindling membership will result in less financial resources.

As a Slimmed-Down Tax Plan Grows More Likely, Nonprofits Shudder

Chronicle of Philanthropy | May 26, 2017
Charities are worried that donations might drop in the wake of President Trump’s much-promised overhaul of the tax code, which could dampen donations even if Congress charts a far less ambitious course.

Nonprofits Could Take $13.1 Billion Loss Under New Tax Plans

Chronicle of Social Change | May 22, 2017
Nonprofit organizations that rely on charitable donations could take a big hit if tax reforms being discussed by the White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives come to pass.

Tax reform could reduce charitable giving by up to $13 billion per year

CNBC | May 22, 2017
Even though Trump’s latest tax reform proposal calls for keeping the charitable deduction, an increase in the standard deduction and a decrease in the top marginal tax rate would reduce charitable giving by up to $13 billion annually, according to new research.

Report: Expanded charitable deduction could make up for potential funding shortfall

Associations Now | May 19, 2017
Independent Sector suggests that foreseeable reductions in charitable giving under tax reform proposals by Congress and the Administration could be offset by expanding the charitable deduction to non-itemized tax returns.

Marnie Taylor: Grateful for efforts to help charitable giving in Oklahoma

NewsOK | May 19, 2017
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits CEO Marnie Taylor writes about working with legislators, nonprofit leaders, policy experts, donors, the faith-based community and concerned citizens to oppose proposed legislation in Oklahoma that would have capped itemized deductions for the state’s taxpayers.

Charities Could Lose $13 Billion A Year Under Trump Tax Plan, They’re Fighting Back

Forbes | May 18, 2017
Charities have been bemoaning how President Donald Trump’s tax plan could hurt giving and now they’ve put a hard and fast number on the potential damage: $13 billion. That’s how much charities could lose in gifts in just one year, according to a new study by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Universal Deduction Might Boost Giving

NonProfit Times | May 18, 2017
Charitable giving could take a hit of between $5 billion and $13 billion under current tax reform proposals by Republican lawmakers but another policy change could make up that difference and then some, according to a new study released today.

GOP tax plan would reduce giving by $13 billion, study finds

Chronicle of Philanthropy | May 18, 2017
Proposed changes to the tax code circulating on Capitol Hill would suppress charitable giving by 4.6 percent, or $13.1 billion, according to an analysis released Thursday, May 18.

Changes to federal policies could drastically affect philanthropists, nonprofits

Denver Post | May 15, 2017
Bruce DeBoskey suggests a few potential effects of policy changes proposed by the government that impact the nonprofit sector.

If Trump has a tax plan, his advisers can’t agree on what it is

Washington Post | April 28, 2017
A day after President Trump’s Administration laid out his position on how to reform the tax system, his advisers offered more details on where the White House is headed – but it seems they still have not worked out all their differences.

Likely winners & losers under the Trump tax plan

Forbes| April 27, 2017
Despite the broad and ambitious scope of overhauling the nation’s tax code introduced in President Trump’s proposal on April 26, details on cost are initially unclear.

Trump tax plan raises standard deduction and kills estate tax

Chronicle of Philanthropy | April 26, 2017
A preliminary tax plan released by the Trump administration Wednesday calls for doubling the standard deduction and eliminating the estate tax, changes that could have detrimental effects for charitable fundraising.

Trump tax reform save for charities is illusory

Forbes| April 26, 2017
Charities are applauding the fact that the bare bones tax reform outline issued yesterday preserves the charitable income tax deduction, but are fearful that that charitable giving could suffer under another provision—doubling the standard deduction to $24,000 a couple.

President’s Note – Our Mission: Protecting Your Freedom

Philanthropy | Spring 2017
Adam Meyerson states Philanthropy Roundtable and the Alliance for Charitable Reform’s role in protecting the freedoms of American donors and ensuring that charitable giving remains central to American life.

Trump eyes cap on charitable deductions

The Hill | April 19, 2017
The Trump Administration is taking a serious look at capping tax deductions for charitable contributions, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Don’t let tax reform hurt nonprofits | April 12, 2017
Various estimates predict that that charitable giving nationwide could be reduced by more than $25 billion under the Republican House blueprint for tax reform, which proposes tripling the amount of the standard deduction.

Trump and House tax plans have one thing in common: They likely hit nonprofits hard

CNBC | March 29, 2017
The White House tax blueprint could cause a multi-billion-dollar dent in annual giving to nonprofits and the House Republicans’ version could be equally damaging.

You don’t need money to be a philanthropist

Orlando Sentinel | February 16, 2017
Susan Omoto makes emphasizes the role of philanthropy in America’s development and argues that giving must take center stage now more than ever.

What the average American deducts for charitable giving | January 23, 2017
Charitable giving is a huge part of American culture, and tens of millions of Americans give to charity regularly, donating an estimated $373 billion in 2015, according to the Giving USA 2016 report on philanthropy.

Trump’s tax plan vs. GOP Congress’ proposal: The nitty gritty | December 30, 2016
Our tax rates may change significantly in the next year or two, given the Republican sweep of the presidency and both houses of Congress. In December, Erin Arvedlund examined some of Trump’s proposed tax cuts and Congress’ alternatives.