America leads the world in charitable giving. This is due, in part, to our government providing a charitable tax deduction, as an encouragement of private philanthropy. Many hospitals, schools, churches, food banks, disaster relief, homeless shelters—are supported primarily by private donors.
Methodist founder John Wesley said we should make all we can, save all we can, and give all we can. The charitable tax-deduction is not the primary motivator driving most religious and charitable donors to give, but it does directly affect the amount they can afford to give.
Now liberal “progressives” in Congress are raising the prospect of reducing or eliminating the 100-year-old charitable tax-deduction, to enhance government revenue. If they succeed, they will also lessen the amount religious and charitable donors can afford to give. More of the social efforts of our society will have to be picked up by an ever-expanding government and more taxes will result for our families.