A coalition of 144 the nation’s largest charities, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) American Heart Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, American Lung Association, and the American Red Cross is asking lawmakers for $60 billion in Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic relief and economic stimulus in addition to creating a universal charitable deduction for taxpayers through 2021 to incentivize giving.
As the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is advocating for this issue on ACS’s behalf.
In a message to Congress on March 18, nonprofit leaders stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic “is having a profound impact on the economy and has greatly expanded the need for charitable organizations to provide additional services in an unprecedented manner. At the same time, the economic downturn will undoubtedly result in a contraction in contributions and other sources of revenue which are the lifeblood of many charitable organizations.”
The coalition leaders wrote: “Nonprofits need an immediate infusion of $60 billion in capital to maintain operations, expand scope to address increasing demands, and stabilize losses from closures throughout the country.”
“At a time when Americans need these services most, donations and fundraising are declining," said ACS and ACS CAN CEO Gary Reedy. "Cancer doesn’t take a break, and neither can the programs and services that ACS provides nationwide.”
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Nonprofits constitute about 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employ about 12 million people. “Without dramatic and immediate financial and programmatic backstop from government, America’s charitable nonprofits and the people we serve face a precipitous decline in mission services at a time when our efforts are needed like never before by the most vulnerable in our communities,” nonprofit leaders warned.