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Nonprofits ask Kerry to protect charitable deduction

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

More than 200 nonprofits from across Massachusetts, many of them community-based human services organizations, have signed a letter to Senator John Kerry, asking him to urge the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to preserve the tax deduction for charitable giving.

Massachusetts-based organizations the Providers' Council and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network -- working with national partner, the National Council of Nonprofits -- have urged nonprofits to sign onto a letter to legislators in an effort to protect the efforts of nonprofit organizations in "delivering essential services, enhancing [individuals'] quality of life and uplifting the spirit of faith, innovation, and inspiration in local communities across America."

"Senator Kerry has long been a friend of the nonprofit community, and he knows about the incredible work being done by these organizations in Massachusetts," said Michael Weekes, the president and CEO of the Providers' Council. "We are confident the senator will take all reasonable steps to stand up for nonprofits across our state -- and nation -- and protect the charitable deduction on Capitol Hill."

Providers' Council members and human services organizations from across Massachusetts are well represented on the list, including Vinfen, Seven Hills Foundation, The Association For Community Living, North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and NuPath, Inc. Of the more than 2,300 signers nationally, close to 225 organizations are based in Massachusetts.

"Massachusetts is nationally recognized as home to many nonprofits, and we are glad to see these organizations in our state participating in this national campaign," Weekes added. "Protecting the charitable deduction -- and by extension, all the incredible work done by nonprofit organizations in our state -- is truly a cause worth fighting for."

The Providers' Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.