Senators highlight Universal Charitable Deduction to incentivize giving to nonprofits amid COVID-19 response

Nonprofits, press invited to listen in on call highlighting legislation to help nonprofits cope with COVID-19

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will speak on a conference call at 5 PM ET on Tuesday, June 2, hosted by a coalition of national nonprofits to discuss how Congress can help the nonprofit community during the Coronavirus crisis with a Universal Charitable Deduction.

“Our nation is in the midst of two national crises. It’s hard to think of a time we were more in need of healing and repair as a country. Americans need the nonprofit sector to serve, comfort, and heal our communities more than ever before,” said Senator Coons. “A federal response I am proud to support is giving every American taxpayer access to the charitable deduction. This simple, straightforward change to the tax code would mobilize the goodwill of all Americans as we collectively strive to overcome this pandemic.”

“The Coronavirus continues to disrupt all of our lives, but it also presents three unique challenges to our nation's charitable organizations,” Sen. Lee said. “First, charitable organizations that help our most vulnerable communities are seeing increased demand for their services. Second, the virus has disrupted how many of these organizations deliver their services. And third, most charities have suffered a decline in donations as Americans have felt the financial pain of less work and unemployment. Congress can help by allowing all taxpayers to claim the full charitable deduction for the tax year 2020. This would help more Americans donate to charitable organizations.”

The following organizations are sponsoring the call: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Red Cross, Americans for the Arts, Catholic Charities USA, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Easterseals, Faith and Giving Coalition, Girl Scouts of the USA, Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of Nonprofits, Salvation Army USA, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, United Way Worldwide, Volunteers of America, and YMCA of the USA.

Journalists looking to listen in on the call can register for the event here: