|For Immediate Release
December 5, 2012
Manassas, VA–NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright today sent letters to President Obama and Congressional leaders urging them to oppose proposals to diminish the charitable tax deduction, “a public policy that has proven its worth for nearly a century,” in the midst of the current “fiscal cliff” or future tax reform deliberations.
“Many of our members are non-profit organizations that not only powerfully illuminate public needs, but directly work to help the hungry, hurting, addicted, and vulnerable in the United States and abroad,” Dr. Wright declared. “These organizations rely on charitable giving to serve their communities effectively, and any restriction of the charitable deduction could be devastating to their efforts.”
Dr. Wright also insisted, “Rather than capping or otherwise constraining this longstanding deduction, the federal government ought to expand opportunities for the charitable impulse of Americans to thrive.”
He cited an NRB proposal formally pending before the Federal Communications Commission that would allow noncommercial broadcast stations to use up to one percent of their annual air-time to fundraise on behalf of third-party charitable organizations. Presently, stations are prohibited from fundraising for other non-profit groups unless they are provided a waiver by the FCC. Waivers are rarely granted except in dire emergencies involving massive natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and, most recently, Hurricane Sandy.
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