The Very Survival of Nonprofits Is Being Threatened
Do any of us want government picking up the slack? Historically (think of veterans' health care), government is neither as efficient nor effective at providing services as the private sector. So why would Issa consider such a move?
And on the other side
Now to the other side of the aisle and the other end of Pennsylvania Ave. President Obama has called for the reduction in tax deductibility of charitable gifts for people in higher income brackets. He wants to penalize people for being successful? And demotivate our best donors?
I know not all donations are given for tax purposes. But our country has always recognized that charitable donations should be encouraged, not discouraged. And those who contribute the most to charity should not be disincentivized.
Estimates are that this scheme could cost nonprofits billions of dollars a year in contributions. Specifically, nonprofits would be faced with a significant loss of major-gift income (the most cost-efficient kind of revenue) and forced to cut employment and reduce the services they offer to help our nation's neediest.
So whether you're concerned that this will push more burden to the inefficient and broke government or that this will unravel the already frayed safety net in our society provided by nonprofits, you should act.
May I encourage you to do two things?
First, today, right now, before you forget, write a letter to President Obama and your representatives asking them to protect the tax deductibility of nonprofit donations for all Americans — especially the most generous. (If you want help with language, go to DMAAction.org.) If you have the energy and a couple of extra stamps, write another letter asking them not to phase out the nonprofit postal rate.
Second, if you're not already a member, join the DMA Nonprofit Federation. It's doing amazing work to defend the nonprofit sector. It needs your voice, your involvement and your membership. Or, as my friend Steve Froehlich from ASPCA said, "If you can't afford a multimillion-dollar lobbyist in D.C. to defend your interests, you'd better join DMANF."