New Bill Would Encourage All Taxpayers to Give in Tight Financial Times

Congressman Mark Walker of North Carolina has reintroduced legislation known as the “Universal Charitable Giving Act” to encourage all Americans to give generously to support the critical work of our nation’s charities.

Unlike current law, the bill would allow all taxpayers to benefit from some form of a limited charitable contribution deduction, regardless of whether they itemize or claim a standard deduction on their taxes.

“On behalf of ECFA’s 2,400 members that annually receive over 16 billion dollars in charitable contributions, I want to express my deep appreciation for your leadership in supporting this legislation,” wrote ECFA President Dan Busby in a letter encouraging Congressman Walker for reintroducing the bill in support of the nonprofit sector.

Busby continued, “Last week, we released our annual ECFA State of Giving Report. Even though giving to our members had shown a-year-on-increase for six consecutive years, the most recent report reflected a decrease of 0.6%, just before inflation. The study means overall our Christ-centered members are doing more with less. Passage of UCGA would provide a significant incentive for non-itemizers that would be very meaningful to our members as they serve millions of program recipients.”

Before the UCGA bill becomes law, it would need to pass in both the U.S. House and Senate and be signed into law by the President. ECFA will continue to provide updates on the News page at

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