Encourage Charitable Giving

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. Urge Congress to increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector to serve communities by preserving and strengthening incentives for charitable giving!  Tell me more

Talking Points

  • Nonprofit arts organizations respond to the needs of people and community partners through education, artistry, economic development, and social service programs serving the public. Support from donors across the economic spectrum is essential to making this work possible.
  • Unlike other tax deductions, charitable giving incentives do not increase the wealth of individual donors: they are an investment in the public good. For every $1 dollar in deductions claimed, charities use $3 of donated funds to provide valued services.
  • Diminishing charitable giving incentives will have lasting, harmful consequences for nonprofit services and U.S. jobs. The nonprofit sector supports local economies and employs roughly 10 percent of America's workforce, generating hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity.
  • Proposed changes to the charitable tax deduction will reduce giving and hurt local communities.


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Encourage Charitable Giving!

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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.