URGENT: Two Opportunities to Protect Charitable Giving Incentives

July 22, 2013

Among the wide array of urgent national policy issues in motion, orchestras have stepped up in record numbers to ask Congress to protect charitable giving incentives.  Our work isn’t done. As Congress continues to consider tax reform proposals, the charitable deduction and other giving incentives hang in the balance.  Here are two ways your orchestra can stay engaged in this critical policy discussion:

Take a Seat at the Nonprofit Policy Table:  Partnering with the broader nonprofit community is essential as we communicate the importance of the charitable deduction.  The League is an active member of Independent Sector and the Charitable Giving Coalition, participating as a lead advocate side-by-side with the broader array of nonprofit organizations that serve communities nationwide.  A national sign-on letter to the Senate is currently circulating, and your orchestra is invited to join other nonprofits going on record in support of charitable giving incentives.  You can add your orchestra’s name to the Independent Sector letter - just sign on by Wednesday, July 24.

Develop Your Relationship with Members of Congress:  The ongoing discussion of tax reform presents a key opportunity to better inform your elected officials of the public value of your organization, and to explain that your orchestra is part of the fabric of the broader nonprofit sector that serves your community.  Throughout the month of August, members of Congress will be returning to their districts and states.  Consider using this time to meet with policymakers, acquaint them with the work your orchestra will be doing in the coming season, and invite them to experience your orchestra in action.  Please contact our DC office to share information about your relationship with elected officials – we put that information to work on the Hill on the full range of policy issues impacting orchestras nationwide.