Protect Charitable Giving Incentives: Ask Your Senators to Sign the Thune-Wyden Letter

Like thousands of other nonprofits in the arts, education, and human services, and other community organizations, most of America’s orchestras are classified as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. If it were not for this exemption and the deductibility of private donations, orchestras and many other charitable organizations, would be unable to serve community needs. Ask your Senators to join their colleagues, Sen. Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Thune (R-SD), in a letter urging the Senate Finance Committee to preserve the charitable deduction and increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector to serve communities!  Tell me more

Talking Points

  • Charitable giving is a crucial form of support for a broad range of nonprofit organizations, which cannot withstand even slight declines in contributions given the fragility of all revenue sources.
  • Ticket sales and admission fees alone do not come close to subsidizing the artistic presentations, educational offerings, and community-based programming of nonprofit arts organizations.
  • Unlike other tax deductions, charitable giving incentives do not increase the wealth of individual donors: they are an investment in the public good. A 2012 public opinion poll commissioned by the United Way found that most Americans (79 percent) believe reducing or eliminating the charitable tax deduction would have a negative impact on charities and the people they serve.
  • Changes to charitable giving incentives in the interest of federal revenue gain will have lasting unintended consequences for nonprofit services and jobs. One in ten U.S. workers are in the nonprofit workforce.


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Protect Charitable Giving and Sign the Thune-Wyden letter!

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Please direct any related questions to Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, or Najean Lee, director of government affairs & education advocacy.

The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.