Last week Republican leaders unveiled a “unified framework” for tax reform that will serve as the basis for major tax reform legislation currently being drafted by the two tax-writing committees. This legislation, expected to move through Congress later this year, would significantly reduce charitable giving in America. Although the framework maintains the current-law charitable deduction, the vast majority of taxpayers – as many as 95 percent! – would no longer itemize deductions on their taxes, meaning the charitable deduction would become virtually meaningless to them.
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In the latest report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, fewer organizations are reporting growth in charitable receipts in 2016, compared to 2015, but the number of organizations reporting growth in planned gift revenue has not decreased. CGP has partnered with the Nonprofit Research Collaborative since 2013 to collect data on charitable giving across the nonprofit sector. Among the 800 U.S. nonprofits that responded to the most recent NRC survey, 51% reported on new planned gift commitments and 69% reported on gifts that were realized in the past year. When compared with 2015 results, planned giving continued to be a strong source of development revenue. (Read an earlier post, Tips from Research: Preparing for the Next Recession, to see how planned giving has performed since 2004.)
Another study has confirmed Russell James’s finding that people are more motivated to make legacy gifts by stories that feature living donors. The online survey completed by 2,518 US adults, found that those who had read stories about living – as opposed to deceased – legators expressed an even greater interest in leaving a legacy. The participants all reported significantly greater interest in making a bequest gift than making a donation within the next three months after they read vignettes of donors’ life stories and their planned charitable bequests.
Since 2006 the IRA Charitable Rollover has allowed generous, older Americans to donate millions of dollars from their Individual Retirement Accounts directly to America’s charities – and the populations they serve – during a time when traditional charitable contributions were on the decline or remained flat. The IRA Rollover has generated an enormous amount of new charitable giving to thousands of nonprofits that work every day to enrich lives and strengthen communities across the country. Given the great success of the IRA Rollover, and the extent to which the charitable sector and donors alike have come to rely on this critical giving incentive, PPP was proud to lead the fight in Congress to make the IRA Rollover a permanent part of the tax code at the end of 2015. And with this permanent, albeit limited, IRA Rollover firmly in place now is the time to push for an expanded provision.
The most recent Nonprofit Research Collaborative report suggests overall health and a largely positive outlook for planned giving activities and income. The report of fundraising results through the end of 2015 also looks back through data collected since 2005. In 2015, 58% of 760 responding organizations reported increased planned gift receipts, the highest in the decade of trends being surveyed.