Sign on today! Urge the Minnesota Legislature to strengthen the charitable deduction!

MCN delivered this letter to members of the Minnesota Legislature on March 10. If your organization would still like to add its name to show your support and get engaged, click here to sign

Dear Members of the Minnesota Legislature,

Minnesota’s charitable organizations are an important part of strong, thriving communities. All 501(c)(3)’s, which includes nonprofits, religious organizations, and some foundations carry out a wide range of activities that improve the quality of life, from health, to education, to human services, and the arts. Additionally, nonprofit employers contribute to job growth and economic stability in every region of the state.

In order to carry out this vital work, the nonprofit sector relies on charitable giving to fuel their missions. Therefore, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, along with the enclosed organizations, urge Minnesota legislators to strengthen the state’s charitable deduction for non-itemizers by supporting HF 3464/SF 3777.

Now is the time to strengthen the charitable deduction because the federal tax plan caused unintended consequences on charitable giving. As a result of the nearly doubling of the standard deduction, the number of Minnesotans who will be able to itemize their charitable gifts will decrease by approximately two-thirds. Fewer people itemizing means fewer people will have a federal tax incentive to donate to nonprofits.

Minnesota’s state tax code currently encourages non-itemizing households to support charitable organizations, but it is not strong enough. Only 50 percent of donations over $500 are counted towards the charitable deduction. We believe that the tax code reflects Minnesota’s values and by removing the $500 floor and the 50 percent limit, we can encourage more giving by all Minnesotans. And, at the end of the day, all taxpayers deserve recognition for their meaningful contributions, whether large or small.

While we know that people support nonprofit and religious organizations because of their values, we also know that tax incentives play an important role in the decision to donate. For example, 30% of all charitable gifts are made during the month of December, with 13% of all gifts made in the last three days of the month.

As you are putting together a tax plan this session, please include a provision that strengthens Minnesota’s charitable deduction. Thank you for your past and continuing partnership. We appreciate your attention to these concerns as you develop your tax plan.


Access Philanthropy Charities
Action Mobility Foundation
Ain Dah Yung Center
Alexandra House, Inc.
Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul
Alliance Housing Inc
ALLY People Solutions
Armstrong Parent Association, Inc.
ArtReach St. Croix
Asian Economic Development Association
Austin Area Foundation
Benedictine Health System
Bolder Options
Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation
Bridging, Inc.
Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP)
Caponi Art Park
Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization
Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America Inc
Children's Day Montessori
Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota
Children's Mental Health Services/REACH
Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester
CityGate Ministries
Clare Housing
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
College Possible
Commission of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) Inc.
CommonBond Communities
Commonweal Theatre Company
Community for The Commons
Crescent Cove
Dads Make Difference
Disability Support International
Domestic Abuse Project
Dunwoody College of Technology
Elevate Life, formerly TLC Options for Women
Emerge Mothers Academy
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services
Excelen Center for Bone & Joint Research and Education
Family Pathways Food Shelves
Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA
FOCUS Minnesota
Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia
Friends of the Mississippi River
Global Volunteers
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Grants Professional
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Groves Academy
Hammer Residences
Heartland Democracy
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
HOLT Consulting
HOPE Coalition
House of Charity Inc
House of Hope
International Institute of Minnesota
Itasca County Family YMCA
James J. Hill Center
Jeremiah Program
Jewfolk Media, Inc.
Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis
Joyce Preschool
Katrina Lynn, LLC
Kids 'n Kinship
Kids Closet of Duluth
Knute Nelson Foundation
Koochiching Aging Options
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
Laura Baker Services Association
Layyasaaram Institute of Indian Arts
Lionsgate Academy
Listening House of St. Paul
Lower Phalen Creek Project
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry
Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Inc.
M.C. Flanagan Inc.
MacPhail Center for Music
Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation
Maplewood Area Historical Society
Marshall Area YMCA
Mary's Pence
Matchbox Children’s Theatre
MENTOR Minnesota
Merrick Community Services
Merrick, Inc.
Metro Meals on Wheels
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Midwest Art Conservation Center
Midwest Food Connection
Midwest Special Services, Inc.
MIGIZI Communications, Inc.
Minneosta Council of Nonprofits
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
Minnesota Alliance of YMCAs
Minnesota Catholic Conference
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Minnesota Communities Caring for Children, home of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota
Minnesota Community Action Partnership
Minnesota Council of Churches
Minnesota Environmental Fund
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Minnesota Museum of Mining
Minnesota Opera
Minnesota Planned Giving Council
Minnesota Women's Consortium
Mixed Blood Theatre Company
MN Community Health Worker Alliance
MN Computers for Schools
Model Cities of St. Paul
Nacel Open Door
NAMI Minnestoa
National Eagle Center
Native American Community Clinic
Neighborhood House
Neighbors, Inc.
Next in Nonprofits
Next Level Giving, Inc.
North Country Ride
North Shore Horizons, Inc.
Northeast Youth & Family Services
Northfield Area Family YMCA
Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
Norton Nonprofit Consulting
People for Parks
People Serving People
Pinky Swear Foundation
Portico Healthnet
Prepare + Prosper
Print the Love
Racial Equity Mn Network
Ragamala Dance Company
Rainbow Research, Inc.
Range Transitional Housing, Inc.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
Red Bird Chapbooks
Red Eye Collaboration
Regions Hospital Foundation
Reif Arts Council
Restart Inc
Riverwood Healthcare Center Foundation
Robbinsdale Cooper High School Performing Arts Boosters
Robins Adapted Athletics Boosters, Inc.
Rosemount Area Arts Council
Scholarship America
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
Sector Synergies
Senior Community Services
Service Enterprises, Inc. of Minnesota
Sherburne County Area United Way
Simpson Housing Services
SLP Nest
Solid Ground
Somalia Rebuild Organization
Someplace Safe
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women
Southside Family Nurturing Center
Springfield Community Theatre
St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
St. Cloud State University
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development
Synergy & Leadership Exchange
The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter
The Center for Victims of Torture
The Food Group
The Hormel Institute
The Mobius Group
The Rose Ensemble
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations
The UpTake
The Wagner Group, LLC
The Wasie Foundation
The Works Museum
Theatre L'Homme Dieu
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center
Three Rivers Community Action
Touchstone Mental Health
TSE, Inc.
Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Twin Cities Public Television
United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties
United Way of Southwest Minnesota
United Way of the Brown County Area
Urban Arts Academy
Urban Roots MN
Vail Place
Valley Outreach
VINE Faith in Action
Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation
Wayside Recovery Center
WellShare International
Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota
Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
Women's Advocates
Women's Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc.
YWCA St. Paul
Zeitgeist Arts


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