Charitable Contributions

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Charitable Contributions

By: grabitsdm | March 2, 2009
The February 26, 2009, Chronicle of Philanthropy notes the possible loss of several billion dollars in charitable giving under the most recently proposed federal budget. This proposal, which still needs to be passed by Congress, would cap charitable tax deductions at 28 percent for those earning more than $250,000, and would not take effect until 2011. What concerns some observers is that it seems to suggest the possibility that if major donors do not fund larger museums, the expenses of larger museums will encourage their development staff to find replacement contributions, and thereby increase competition for every dollar for all nonprofit charities.

First, what percentage of your income comes from individuals making a tax deductible contribution?

Second, can you describe what competition is like currently for individual contributions? Do you passively accept contributions? Seek them? Are people still giving in tough times? How hard is it in the present economy to make the case of your organization's worth to donors?