The Charitable Giving Coalition sent the following letter to Senate and House leaders encouraging extension and expansion of the universal charitable deduction before year end. You can find a PDF of the letter here.
On behalf of the Charitable Giving Coalition (CGC), a diverse group representing thousands of charitable and faith-based organizations across the country, we write to urge you to expand and extend the nonitemizer charitable deduction as thousands of nonprofits continue to play an integral role in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giving data since the enactment of the $300 universal charitable deduction in the bipartisan CARES Act and its extension in the 2020 year-end bill show an increase in both donations and donors. The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) fourth quarter report for 2020 showed a 15.3 percent uptick in donations of less than $250, which outpaced the increase in larger donations. Additionally, there was an estimated 28 percent increase in gifts of $300 on December 31 – the exact amount of the current universal charitable deduction. While we know there are many factors that contribute to increased donations, one contributing factor is likely the availability of the charitable deduction to nonitemizers.
We continue to support the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act (S. 618, H.R. 1704), bipartisan legislation which would raise the $300/$600 cap on the nonitemizer charitable deduction to roughly $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples. As the nation recovers, encouraging all American taxpayers—regardless of their income—to give more provides charities and faith-based organizations across the country with the critical resources needed to achieve their missions and support their communities and workforces.
The nonitemizer charitable deduction is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, a lapse of which could create uncertainty among donors and reduce the pool of resources available to nonprofits that are providing critical services and support in every state and congressional district. We urge you to expand and extend the nonitemizer universal charitable deduction in year-end legislation.
Thank you for your leadership and commitment to America’s charitable community.
Charitable Giving Coalition
Signatories (as of December 14, 2021):
ACCESS of WNY, Advancing Macomb Foundation, Inc., Agudath Israel of America, Akron Community Foundation, Alabama Association of Nonprofits, Alliance of NYS YMCAs, American Alliance of Museums, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Americans for the Arts, Ann Arbor YMCA, Annie C Courtney Foundation, Inc., Appalachian Outreach, Apra Maryland, Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arkay, Inc., Arts North Carolina, Association of Art Museum Directors, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Autumn House Inc., Baker County YMCA, Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, Bridges Oregon, Inc., Brightways Learning, Burmese American Buddhist Corp.
Caldwell Arts Council, California Association of Museums, California Association of Nonprofits, Camp Hobé, Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery, Carolina Tiger Rescue, CASA of Cherokee Country, Cascades Raptor Center, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, Cathedral Arts Project, Catholic Charities USA, Center for Non-Profits (NJ), Center for Success Network, Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend, Child and Family Legal Advocacy, Children’s Aid Children’s Museum of Jacksonville, Inc., Children’s Service Society of Utah, Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, Christian Helping Hands of Comanche, Church Health, City Rescue Mission, Clackamas Women’s Services, Clark Fork Coalition, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Community Against Violence, Community Development Network of Maryland, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Community Reach of Montgomery County, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Connecticut and Rhode Island Alliance of YMCAs, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the MOV, Cortland County Family YMCA, COSMA Coalition of State Museum Associations, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Council of Michigan Foundations, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Council on Aging of Central Oregon, Council on Foundations, Crisis Control Ministry, Inc., Crown Point Country Historical Society, DANA, the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Dance/NYC, Dance/USA, Davidson Prison Ministry, Delaware Community Foundation, Dillon International, District 4 Human Resources Development, Council – Victim Services Program, Diversability Inc., Dolphin Players Inc., Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
Eagle’s Wings Food Pantry, East Texas Communities Foundation, Easterseals Oregon, Eaton Community Palliative Care, Eau Claire Community Foundation, Ecology Project International, Edmond Mobile Meals, Educate Youth 501c3, Empty Bowls Monongalia, Enchanted Life Foundation, Executive Service Corps of the Triangle ,Facing Hunger Food Bank, Inc., Faith & Giving, Family and Community Together, Feeding Washington, Ferrone Olson LLC., Ferry Beach Park Association, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, Florida Association of Museums, Florida State Alliance of YMCAs, Food is Free Albuquerque, Food Share Lincoln County, Forgotten Harvest, Foundation for Community Health, Freedom Road Transportation Authority, Friends For Life, Friends In Deed, Friends of the Lebanon Public Library, Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Futures Without Violence, Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc., General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, Georgia Alliance of YMCAs ,Geos Institute, Gillette College Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, Goodwill Homes Community Services, Inc., Goodwill Industries International, Inc., Grand Canyon Youth, Grand St. Settlement, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, GRANTS PASS FAMILY YMCA, Greater Gallatin United Way, Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA Inc., Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Greenbrier Repertory Theatre Company, Growing Gardens,
Habitat for Humanity Great Falls Area, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area, Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity of La Pine Sunriver, Habitat for Humanity of Missoula, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Harmony Theater, Inc., Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, Hawaii Arts Alliance, Hillsboro Downtown Partnership, Historical Society of Michigan, Hooker Fights Hunger Inc., Human Being Society, Humane Society of Central Oregon, Idaho Nonprofit Center, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Voices for Diversity, Inc. dba Common Ground Community Chorus, Illinois Association of Museums, I’m Your Neighbor Books, Independent Sector, Inside Out Re-Entry Services, Inc., Inspire Washington, Inspiring Dreams Network, Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Center, Iowa Alliance of YMCAs, Jail and Outreach Ministry, JDRF, Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte, Jewish Federation of Chicago, Jewish Federations of North America, Joan G. Lovering Health Center, Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, Klamath Outdoor Science School
Lane Arts Council, Lane County Historical Society, LEAF Global Arts, League of American Orchestras, League of California Community Foundations, Life Houses Inc., LitNet Louisiana Association of Museums, Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Maine Association of Nonprofits, Maine Management Consulting, Marland Children’s Home dba Marland’s Place, Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque, MENTOR Rhode Island, Mi Casa Esperanza Inc., Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Michigan Aviation Education Foundation, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, Michigan League for Public Policy, Michigan Museums Association, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, Milan Polk Clark Enrichment Center, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Missing Persons Alerts, Momentum Nonprofit Partners, Montana Conservation Corps, Montana Nonprofit Association, Mountain Bike the Tetons, Mountain Journal, Mountainheart, Museum Association of Arizona, Museums Alaska
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, National Council of Nonprofits, National Council on Aging ,NC Alliance of YMCAs, NC Stop Human Trafficking, Nebraska Museums Association, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, Inc., New Dance Theatre, Inc., New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, New Hampshire Lakes Association, Inc. (doing business as ‘NH LAKES’), New Jersey Association of Museums, New Mexico Thrives, NJ YMCA State Alliance, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Nonprofit New York, NonProfitConnect, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, North Carolina Master Chorale, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations, North Suburban YMCA, Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc., Northwest Kidney Kids, NYC Employment and Training Coalition, NY Funders Alliance, Oasis Housing Inc., Oglebay Institute, Ohio Museums Association, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Oklahoma City Beautiful, Oklahoma Museums Association, Oklahoma Railway Museum Limited, Oklahomans for the Arts, Onward Roseburg, OPERA America, Operation Xcel, Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Oregon Community Warehouse, Inc., Oregon Museums Association
Pacific Youth Choir, Pamlico Partnership for Children, Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, Partnership for Children, Pathways Adult Learning Center, Pennsylvania Museums, People and Carnivores, Performance Works NorthWest, Performing Arts Alliance, Philadelphia Foundation, Philanthropy Ohio, Philanthropy Roundtable, Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, Pinellas Community Foundation, Pitt County Council on Aging, Inc., Plains Indians & Pioneers Historical Foundation, dba Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum, Post Growth Institute, Potts Family Foundation, Power of Predestiny Ministries P. O. P., Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Project Safe, Inc., Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, Refugee Empowerment Program, Restore Oregon, Revitalize Downtown Stayton, Riverzedge Arts Project, Inc., Rochester Area Community Foundation, Rogue World Music, Rural Resiliency Community Alliance Safe & Just Michigan, SafeHouse Denver, Samara’s Village, San Francisco Ballet Association, San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, Santiam Heritage Foundation, Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop, SCCIL dba Resource Center for Disability Solutions, Senior Charity Care Foundation, SHIP, Social Current, Soft Landing Missoula, Sound Rivers, Southeast Community Development Corporation, Southern New England Conference, UCC, Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, Southwest Alliance of Ys, Spavinaw Coalition Foundation, Special Olympics International, Springfield Area Arts Council, Starr Commonwealth, State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs, Sustainable Community Farms, Swan Valley Connections, Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
TEAM for West Virginia Children, Team Rubicon, Texas Alliance of YMCAs, The Angel Fund, The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc., The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, The Corner Health Center, The Denver Foundation, The Foraker Group, The Hearth Foundation, The Henry Ford, The Homeless Alliance, LLC., The Hope Center at Pullen, The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, The Leonardo, The Mederi Foundation, The Music Lessons Project The Myrna Loy The Nonprofit Alliance The Remington Group, The Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, The YMCA of Klamath Falls, Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, Together SC, Trap Free Montana, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Trisector Consulting, LLC, United Philanthropy Forum, United Way Manitowoc County, United Way of Columbia County, United Way of South Central Idaho, United Way of Steele County United Way of Washtenaw County United Way Worldwide, United Ways of Texas, Upper Midwest Alliance of YMCA’s, Utah Digital Marketing Collective, Utah Jump$tart Coalition, Utah Museums Association, Valley of the Sun United Way, Via of the Lehigh Valley, Virginia Association of Museums, VOA MN/WI, Volunteers of America, Volunteers of America Michigan
Washington Nonprofits, Washington State Alliance of YMCAs, Watershed Guardians, Inc., Wayne County YMCA, Wenatchee Valley YMCA, West Virginia Breast Health Initiative, Inc., West Virginia Nonprofit Association, Western Plains Youth and Family Services, Willow Center, Inc., Wings For LIFE International, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Wonderbloom, Wood County Society, Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured DBA: Downriver Community Clinic, Wyoming Community Foundation, Wyoming Nonprofit Network, YMCA Buffalo Niagara, YMCA of Columbia Willamette, YMCA of Douglas County, YMCA of El Paso, YMCA of Grays Harbor, YMCA of Greater Seattle, YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins county, YMCA of Long Island, Inc., YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, YMCA of Oswego, NY Inc., YMCA of Southwest Washington, YMCA of the Chesapeake Inc., YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, YMCA of the USA, Young Men’s Christian Association of Kingston and Ulster County, Young Men’s Christian Association of Walla Walla, YWCA Billings, YWCA USA