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Tax reform puts charity on the chopping block

Charity | Nonprofits push back against proposed tweaks to the charitable tax deduction
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 3/07/14, 01:45 pm

WASHINGTON—Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, this week released a report detailing much of what’s wrong with the U.S. government’s 50-year-old war on poverty: In 2012, the federal government spent $799 billion on 92 often duplicitous programs that sometimes do as much to keep people in poverty as they do to help them out. 

“For too long, we have measured compassion by how much we spend instead of how many people get out of poverty,” Ryan said in a statement. 

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On the block

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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