Jewish Federations Encourage Protection of Charitable Giving Incentives Following State of the Union

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January 20, 2015
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Jewish Federations Encourage Protection of Charitable Giving Incentives Following State of the Union

Washington, D.C. – During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed tax reforms that pointedly do not change the way charitable contributions are treated by the tax code.

“The tax proposal put forth by the President tonight recognizes the incentives for charitable giving that are inherent in making donations fully tax deductible,” stated William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations. “Providing an exemption for charitable contributions has always been a key component of our federal tax code, and we are encouraged that President Obama is protecting this important giving incentive.”

Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations Board of Trustees, commended First Lady Michelle Obama for inviting Alan and Judy Gross to join her for the State of the Union. Siegal stated, “Alan Gross’ freedom from captivity in Cuba at the start of Chanukah remains a miracle. The Jewish community is grateful to President Obama and his Administration for bringing Alan home, and for inviting the Gross Family to Capitol Hill tonight as honored guests of Mrs. Obama.”

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The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

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