Special Report: It’s Time to Contact Congress!

On December 5, 2012, approximately 270 nonprofit professionals will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to advocate against proposals to limit or eliminate the charitable giving tax deduction. You can read about this effort in my blog post: “Obama Plan Could Cost Nonprofit Sector $5.6 Billion a Year.

US Capitol by Glyn Lowe Photoworks via FlickrWhile the advocacy effort on Capitol Hill is important, the nonprofit sector cannot limit its advocacy efforts to this one event. As Congress confronts the “fiscal cliff,” Democrats and Republicans continue to strongly consider the implementation of a cap on itemized deductions, including the deduction for charitable giving, as a way to avert the crisis.

So, in conjunction with the advocacy event, the Association of Fundraising Professionals has activated the Engaging Networks platform that allows you to send an electronic letter (e-letter) to your House Member and two Senators with the mere touch of a few buttons. Whether or not you are an AFP member, you can send a letter by clicking here.

The link will take you to a page with the letter form. Once there, you’ll be able to begin the short process of entering the required information, adding your own personalized message, and editing the complete message before authorizing it to be sent.

Make your voice heard in the Halls of Congress! Send a letter to your members of Congress. It’s fast, it’s easy and, most importantly, it makes a difference. I’ve already done it. Will you join me?

One more thing: If you’re interested in better understanding the Obama Administration’s position regarding tax deductions, you’ll want to read the November 29 post on The White House blog.

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?


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2 Comments to “Special Report: It’s Time to Contact Congress!”

  1. Michael,

    I will be one of 270 attending to represent the Philanthropic Group of Greater New York. Will you be there? If you or anyone else is interested in reading our press release, just shoot me an email at Vikki_Jones[at]ppggny.org

    • Vikki, thank you for your comment and for your efforts on Capitol Hill this week. Unfortunately, I am unable to participate this time around. In the past, when I’ve represented AFP on the Hill, I found the experiences to be both fun and frustrating. Based on my prior experiences, I know how important such outreach really is. I thank you and your colleagues for participating. I’ll continue to do what I can from the sidelines.

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