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The Coalition that Is Fighting to Save Charity

elderly woman pushing another elderly woman in a wheelchair

By Jim Sliney Jr.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, “significantly reduced tax incentives for Americans to give to the important work of charitable organizations across the country,” according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

All nonprofits have felt a tightening of the belt. A report from Giving-USA showed that overall donations to charity had declined by 1.7% in 2018 - only the 13th drop in 40 years of tracking data.

TAKING ACTION TO STRENGTHEN CHARITIES

On August 21, 2019 the Federal Tax and Budget Response Team along with U.S. Representative. Carolyn B. Maloney, held a public forum, calling on New York City-area members of Congress to support a budget that

  • Reinvests in critical services (following a decade of austere spending),
  • Invests in affordable housing and economic security for working families, and
  • Stands up to the latest administration’s attack on food assistance.

They are urging Congress to follow the priorities established in the House appropriations bills which meaningfully invest in education, housing, nutrition, childcare, accurate census collection and more.

EXAMPLE: THREAT TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Just one part of what this coalition is pushing back against is a new federal restriction on who qualifies for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The current white house proposal would cut 3 million people out of eligibility for SNAP. These 3 million would include working families, individuals with disabilities and many seniors. 265,000 school kids would also have to reapply for free school lunches.

CREATING COALITIONS BASED ON MISSION, NOT PARTISANSHIP OR RELIGION

The Federal Tax and Budget Response Team is a state-based coalition whose members include FPWA, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, Fiscal Policy Institute, New York Housing Conference, LiveOn NY, Human Services Council of New York, United Neighborhood Houses, and at least 70 more.

Catholic Charities of New York works with many different local, city and state agencies that share in its mission to help the needy and overlooked. For over 100 years Catholic Charities has used works to support its faith and belief that all people deserve a chance at prosperity, stability, and dignity. Catholic Charities will continue to work with coalition partners to push for policies that support faith, hope and charity.