Fellow AFP members,
As many of you know, we've been closely following the development of the tax package currently under consideration by Congress. We were deeply disappointed on Friday when the House Ways and Means Committee passed the tax deal without including the Charitable Act, bipartisan legislation crucial to bolstering charitable giving.
Senators Lankford (R-OK) and Coons (D-DE) swiftly expressed their disappointment in a press release, highlighting the importance of the Charitable Act for nonprofits and charities nationwide. The press release also featured statements from leading nonprofit organizations, including a powerful quote from our own AFP CEO Mike Geiger.
AFP Advocacy in Action:
The AFP Global advocacy team hasn't been sitting idle. AFP sits on the Steering Committee of the national Charitable Giving Coalition, and they are working with the Senate champions to amend the package to renew and extend the universal charitable deduction. This strategy will depend on whether the Senate allows amendments during the process, but AFP is asking members to continue to reach out to your Senators and ask that the Charitable Act be included in the “extenders tax package.” These decisions will be made in the next few weeks.
What You Can Do:
Here are some ways you can stay involved and help keep the momentum going:
- Share the LinkedIn post: Spread the word about this development and AFP's advocacy efforts by sharing our LinkedIn post with your network.
- Contact your representatives: Reach out to your local representatives in the House and Senate and urge them to support the Charitable Act.
- Stay informed: Keep an eye on the AFP Global website and our local AFP website and social media channels for updates as the situation unfolds.
Together, we can make our voices heard and ensure that the Charitable Act gains the recognition it deserves. Thank you for your continued support and advocacy!
Onward and upward,
Chair, Government Relations
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Senators’ press release and AFP CEO Mike Geiger’s statement for further details.