ACTION ALERT: Time To Call The Capitol Switchboard

The fine folks over at The National Council of Nonprofits created a chart detailing how the GOP tax plan will impact nonprofits (h/t Opera America). It’s been updated to include the post conference committee version of the bill and goes so far as to examine the dynamic impacts as well as the big, obvious box of trouble it delivers on the doorstep of nonprofits.

If you’ve been following the bill along with our articles here examining the potential impact, there aren’t any surprises in the chart except for the following forecast: the standard deduction increase will disincentivize charitable giving [no surprise] but the resulting drop in contributed revenue would trigger the loss of a quarter million nonprofit sector jobs.

Here Is What You’re Going To Do

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  1. Contact the capitol switchboard at 202.244.3121
  2. Contact your representatives (find them)

Tell them:

  1. This final bill will hurt charities and, more importantly, the communities we serve will feel the impact.
  2. The proposed tax reform bill does not preserve the full scope and value of the charitable deduction.
  3. Charities will continue to advocate for a universal charitable tax credit that will incentivize all Americans to give and support the organizations that they care about.

Kudos to Opera America (again) for that handy list of action items, although I substituted their original suggestion of supporting a universal charitable deduction with a tax credit. More info on why that’s a better option here and here.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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