YMCA of the USA and Charitable Allies Urge House to Pass America Gives More Act of 2015
(WASHINGTON, February 11, 2015)—As organizations whose networks collectively represent tens of thousands of charities and foundations, we strongly urge all House Members to vote in favor of H.R. 644, America Gives More Act.
This legislation includes several important provisions that will help charitable and philanthropic organizations serving communities in every Congressional District across the country. Specifically, H.R. 644 would permanently enact three temporary and currently expired giving incentives – the IRA charitable rollover and enhanced incentives for the donations of food inventory and land conservation easements. The measure also simplifies the excise tax rate on private foundation investment income.
After multiple attempts in the House last year to make these giving incentives permanent, Congress in December resorted to a short-term extension as part of a broader package of lapsed tax provisions. As a result, the IRA charitable rollover and enhanced deductions for the donation of food inventory and land conservation easements were reinstated for just two weeks, before expiring again for the fifth time in recent years on January 1, 2015.
While this may be an adequate solution for many provisions in the extenders package, these charitable provisions are different. For each day that goes by without an incentive in place and assured, many of the donations the incentives were intended to promote will simply not take place. The time to plan and execute the contributions will have already passed by. The repeated expiration and retroactive renewal of these charitable giving incentives create tremendous uncertainty for individuals and families who want to provide donations to help their communities.
The charitable giving incentives being considered by the House have encouraged individuals and businesses to actively support the development and sustainability of our society. They have spurred contributions, for example, to feed the hungry, build health centers, develop counseling programs for at-risk youth, conserve land, and offer art therapy for people with developmental disabilities.
The time to reinstate and make permanent these provisions is now, as America’s charities and foundations shoulder increased responsibility in the face of declining government spending on a range of programs and services. Strong bipartisan support from the House of Representatives for H.R. 644 will underscore our nation’s long-standing commitment to strengthening charities to do the important work of lifting up lives and improving communities.
Council on Foundations
The Jewish Federations of North America
Land Trust Alliance
National Council of Nonprofits
United Way Worldwide
YMCA of the USA
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net