Last Thursday, I testified before Congress on the importance of the charitable deduction and what it means for land conservation, then yesterday went to the White House with other nonprofit leaders to hear President Obama's plan to avoid sequestration budget cuts by closing ‘loopholes and deductions.' With both Congress and the White House considering limits to deductions, we must speak up against a cap on charitable deductions that would have a catastrophic effect on land conservation.
It takes a little time, but no money, to be an advocate for conservation. Not everybody can make it to D.C. for Land Trust Advocacy Day, but it’s easy to meet your members of Congress while they are back home. Ask them to block any attempt to cap charitable giving and encourage them to make the conservation easement incentive a permanent part of the tax code. Your action will mean more voices for land conservation in Congress. And more voices mean more influence.
Together, we can change the outcome of this debate.
President, Land Trust Alliance