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New Tax Code Threatens Charitable Giving
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Under the new tax plan the standard deduction doubles for individuals and families. That makes good on the President’s promise to simplify the tax code — a more generous standard deduction could save many Americans money without having to go through the painstaking process of itemizing.  The bad news is that it could have a devastating blow to charitable giving.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy spoke to charities around the country and they think donations could drop by as much as $20 billion a year. 

For individuals who are accustomed to deducting their charitable donations to organizations like NORWESCAP, things have grown more complicated.   There was an upsurge in donations at the end of 2017 as individuals wanted to take advantage of the deduction before the changes kicked in.  People who don’t have enough to exceed the new $24,000 standard deduction for joint filers may want double up in certain years to exceed the threshold.

The changes in the tax code weaken the ability of charitable organizations to raise money, provide services and benefit our communities.  For NORWESCAP and programs like our Food Bank that is totally reliant on fundraising, we will have to monitor our revenue more closely and educate our donors.  If you are one of our supporters, we hope that your commitment will not disappear or be reduced.  The needs of the low income community certainly haven’t lessened and the role for NORWESCAP remains strong.  Have a Happy New Year and please stay engaged.  Thank you.

The NORWESCAP Food Bank, one of only five Feeding America food banks in the state of New Jersey, distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each year to over 100 charitable agencies in Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren counties.  During the holiday season we are blessed that so many people take the time to think of their neighbors in need and to assist in our mission to aid in hunger relief. 

Try and hold on to that holiday spirit.  Unfortunately, people who are hungry are hungry all year long.  In the cold winter months ahead, they will be particularly vulnerable.  We encourage everyone to continue their generosity of spirit by donating food and funds in January and February when the need becomes critical.
We thank all our donors for their unwavering support and we invite others to join us in the fight against hunger. 

Let’s keep the holiday spirit alive by providing for those who are not as fortunate as we are.

All the best to you and yours for a joyful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and plenty.


Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program Inc.
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