Advocacy Alert: Nov. 18

American Alliance of Museums Joins with Over 60 Other Nonprofits for “Protect Giving Day” in Washington, D.C. Nov. 20.

Legislators in both parties have proposed changes to the charitable tax deduction—changes that could cost nonprofits $9 billion a year in reduced donations. With Congress looking for savings to close the budget gap and pass tax reform legislation, this vital lifeline is threatened once again.

On November 20, the Alliance will join more than 200 nonprofit and charitable sector leaders for “Protect Giving Day.” Participants will meet with members of Congress and their staffs to urge them to protect this policy that supports critical programs and services on which millions of Americans rely. Alliance President Ford W. Bell will be joining leaders from organizations such as Catholic Charities, United Way, and the YMCA, as well as Alliance members including Historic St. Mary's City, The Franklin Institute and San Diego Zoo. 

“Museums of all types and sizes, all across the country, rely on charitable contributions to serve their communities,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “We’re bringing this message directly to the halls of Congress, but we need your help to reach legislators online and through the media.” 

What You Can Do

The Alliance has gathered advocacy tools and resources in one place, so you can express the impact of the charitable deduction on museums to your members of Congress, with just a few clicks. Use the sample social media to spread the word, sign the petition, send a letter to legislators or use the template op-ed to reach your local media with this critical message.

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