Take Action to Protect America’s Strong Tradition of Giving!

It’s a new year, Congress is back in session and the Charitable Giving Coalition is continuing its fight to protect the charitable tax deduction. It is more important than ever to make clear to decision-makers the importance of the deduction and its daily impact on communities across America.

The Coalition is encouraging citizens to make their voices heard by signing our petition to the White House and Congress, contact your senators and representatives and urge them to work to preserve the charitable deduction and sharing how the charitable sector enriches their communities. In addition, the Coalition has created an “I am the Charitable Tax Deduction” YouTube channel to emphasize the human impact of the charitable deduction. 

In addition to raising awareness among lawmakers in Washington, D.C. about the realities communities are facing, the Charitable Giving Coalition is providing its members – and anyone committed to protecting the charitable deduction – a set of communications materials to use as appropriate in your outreach to stakeholders and the media at the local level. 

The following materials (including outreach recommendations and templates) can be tailored to feature your organization’s efforts and community-level impact, provide background about the Coalition and illustrate the value of nonprofits and charitable giving.

And that’s not all!
For those of you who have an active presence in social networking venues, we encourage you to provide links to any news stories as appropriate, in addition to other relevant resources about the coalition’s efforts and the importance of protecting the charitable deduction. For Twitter, please use the hashtag #protectgiving, which has been created for this effort.

As the tax reform debate continues, the Coalition plans to be active in other ways to make  sure lawmakers understand what is at stake for communities and charitable giving. For example, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus launched TaxReform.gov, a website seeking input on the issue. The new website, along with a Twitter account, @simplertaxes, details efforts to address tax reform and ways to engage lawmakers.

Protect Giving Advocacy Toolkit
This toolkit provides guidance and materials to help Coalition members demonstrate the value of the charitable deduction and how communities would be negatively impacted by tax policy changes that could harm charitable giving.

Charitable Giving Coalition One-Pager
This document provides the what/why/how/who surrounding the Coalition's efforts and can be used as a leave-behind for any meetings or discussions about our efforts.

New Years Op-Ed Template
Join the Coalition to resolve to protect the charitable deduction in 2014. This template Op-Ed can be easily tailored with local/organization-specific examples and submit to your local papers to highlight the importance of the charitable tax deduction.

Protect Giving Day Thank You Letter
This document will help guide you in writing a letter of thanks to the congressional members and staff who met with you on Protect Giving Day. 

"I am the Charitable Deduction" YouTube Channel and Petition Drive
We're excited to launch a Protect Giving “I am the Charitable Deduction” YouTube Channel and petition drive through Change.org. This document provides instructions on how to access and share them. 

Template Op-Ed
This document provides guidance on writing an op-ed to demonstrate the importance of charitable giving in your local community.

Charitable Deduction Talking Points
This set of talking points can help guide your conversations about the importance of charitable giving and the unique value of the charitable deduction. 

Charitable Deduction FAQ
This document answers frequently asked questions about the charitable deduction.

Charitable Giving Data
This document provides information about national trends and local data to demonstrate the impact of charitable giving in communities, as well as the consequences if lawmakers tamper with the charitable deduction.

Charitable Giving Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides information about the role and value of charitable giving in America and the importance of the charitable tax deduction.

Elected Official Letter
Your elected officials need to hear from you directly about why charitable giving must be protected and strengthened. They must understand what is at stake if incentives that encourage giving are taken away. This template letter can help you make a strong case for the power of charitable giving in your community. 

Message and Media Guide
Communicating to members of Congress, the media and other target audiences about the value of philanthropy and nonprofits in our communities is a critical part of ensuring a growing and thriving sector. These message and media tips can serve as a helpful refresher or provide new ways for you to stay focused.