I do not know about other people but our family gives because its the correct thing to do being Biblical and all.
The charitable deduction is not the reason.
Sorry, but the government DOES have first call on every dollar earned in America. Thinking otherwise is naive. If the governments get to take my money, it can damn well support all the widows, orphans and indigents. If the bleeding hearts want ME to support them, then their government needs to give me back my money. This is why I have reduced my charitable contributions.
It furthers the communist’s agenda. The more people dependent on the government, the more secure their power.
Put the competition out of business. It’s the Chicago way.
A well-written and well-thought-out article.
I think each FReeper is smart enough to figure out the best way to handle this in light of his personal situation.
We’ve always been very careful about organizations who receive our donations — who their leaders support politically, whether their services support abortion and/or homosexual lifestyles, the percentage skimmed by administration, etc.
Since charity isn’t truly “charity” if done for tax write-offs, we’ll continue to give to our local (not convention) church’s missions programs (a write-off), and to people we KNOW need help (not a write-off).
And, in line with being good stewards of our money, one of our 2013 Resolutions will be to re-visit and revise our wills and living trust. Any beneficiary organizations or people (including family) who supported Obama in either election will be deleted. Period. We work(ed) hard and long for our money and the thought of it being passed down to people who care so little about America... well, screw ‘em. I mean that in the spirit of charity ;)
I give to charity generously, take the deduction accurately, and then give the money saved through the deduction to my favorite charity. If the deduction is eliminated, that last donation would also be eliminated. It’s not a question of being Scrooge. I simply give as much as I can afford, and the deduction increases what I can afford.
As a separate issue, I used to overlook liberal ties for charities that were sufficiently important and efficient. Now I consider anyone with liberal ties, even an otherwise useful charity, to be an enemy of America. I do not support my enemies.
Charity may simply morph into the “caring for thy neighbor and brother” instead of giving to formal charities.
I do not like charitable deductions in the tax code.
Most of the money goes to United Way, the symphoney, the opera, the college athletic dept often in exchange for preferred seating, the art museums, PBS stations, IVY league college endowments (like they need them), little bricks inscribed with your name that are in front of the alumni center, the Sierra Club, the Heritage foundation, etc.
Worst of all, there are a lot of private foundations that are all about avoiding the inheritance tax. You set up a foundation that has about 90% overhead and 10% giving but the overhead is spent on salaries, perks, benefits and “travel expenses” for your heirs. Plus your heirs get a cool title like “member of board of directors of Blah Blah Blah charity” and people will kiss up to you because you occassionally award a real grant.