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Charities | Charitable tax deductions are no longer a certainty, and a nonprofit coalition gets ready to fight the change
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 8/09/13, 01:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.—City Rescue Mission serves a homeless population in Saginaw, Mich., a midsized town 100 miles northwest of Detroit. Founded in 1905, the mission helped a record number of people last year—more than 1,900—with food, clothing, housing, and the hope of the gospel. 

But record numbers don’t mean record revenue: City Rescue Mission is running its three facilities at 2007 budget levels—despite a 37 percent client increase since then. Sixty percent of that revenue comes from individual private donors.

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Attack charity, grow government

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/13, 02:13 pm

The Obama attack on charity is underway, with the Senate discussing ways to reduce charitable tax deductions and thus give Washington more money to spend.

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The good news and bad news on giving

by Aimee Stauf
Posted 6/25/13, 01:19 pm

Americans donated more to organizations last year than they have since the start of the recession, according to a Giving USA report released last week. The 3.5 percent increase to education, the arts, health, religion, etc., seems promising, but with inflation that number gets cut more than half—down to 1.5 percent. And after four years of dwindling donations, many charities still struggle to make ends meet. Giving to religious groups, which mainly includes houses of worship, has dropped 2 percent when adjusted for inflation.

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