Letter to Representative Upton from the Nonprofit Community

The Honorable Fred Upton
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Upton:

The undersigned nonprofit organizations urge the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to expressly preserve the charitable giving incentive for individuals so that charitable contributions can continue to support the vital programs and services on which communities and policymakers rely.

The work of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, as reflected by the diverse organizations identified below, improves lives, strengthens communities and the economy, and lightens the burdens of government, taxpayers, and society as a whole. Nonprofits employ more than 13 million individuals nationally and contribute more than five percent to the Gross Domestic Product of the United States.  Your constituents recognize the vital and ongoing work of nonprofit organizations in delivering essential services, enhancing their quality of life, and uplifting the spirit of faith, innovation, and inspiration in local communities across America.

The Joint Select Committee will undoubtedly be considering cuts in federal spending and reforms to tax laws and entitlement programs. Those changes could undermine the ability of nonprofits to maintain programs and services, much less to expand them to meet the increased needs that will result from the lagging economy and policy choices being made at all levels of government. Under these conditions, nonprofits may not merely be the next place for people in need to turn; we are likely their only place to turn. Charitable nonprofits across America must be able to count on the current tax incentives for charitable giving if there is to be any validity in the presumption of policymakers that nonprofit organizations will be there to fill the gaps.

It is imperative that Congress make no changes to the charitable giving incentive that threaten the ability of nonprofit organizations to serve those most in need and to continue to strengthen our communities. We ask that you avoid endangering the ability of nonprofits to serve your constituents and our communities by making a clear statement in support of the charitable deduction and in opposition to proposals to reduce or cap the value of deductions for charitable contributions.


Organization City State
2-1-1 for Manistee County Manistee Michigan
Access of West michigan Grand Rapids Michigan
Acclaim Community Outreach Detroit Michigan
ActiveWater Portage Michigan
Adrian Community Preschool Adrian Michigan
AgeWell Services of West Michigan Muskegon Michigan
American Cancer Society East Lansing Michigan
American Indian Health and Family Services Detroit Michigan
Amyloidosis Foundation Clarkston Michigan
Aquinas College Community Leadership programs Grand Rapids Michigan
ARC of Hope Rochester Michigan
Art of Leadership Foundation Detroit Michigan
ArtServe Michigan Wixom Michigan
Association Of Independent Colleges And Universities Of Michigan Lansing Michigan
Attorneys for Animals Bloomfield Michigan
Bair Lake Bible Camp Jones Michigan
Battle Creek Community Foundation Battle Creek Michigan
Bay Mills Brimley Historial Research Society Brimley Michigan
Belle Isle Botanical Society Detroit Michigan
Benton Harbor Girls Association for Learning & Self-esteem Benton Harbor Michigan
Berrien Community Foundation St. Joseph Michigan
BEST Project Flint Michigan
Big Brothers Big Sisters Detroit Michigan
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County, Michigan Jackson Michigan
Birmingham Area Seniors Coordinating Council and Center Birmingham Michigan
Blue Water Developmental Housing Marysville Michigan
Capital Region Community Foundation Lansing Michigan
Caregiving Network, Inc. Midland Michigan
CASA for Kids, Inc. Barry and Eaton County Charlotte Michigan
CASA OF Menominee County Menominee Michigan
CBM Health Care Inc. Fenton Michigan
Centro Multicultural La Familia Pontiac Michigan
Charitable Union Battle Creek Michigan
Chikaming Open Lands Lakeside Michigan
Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Oakland County Pontiac Michigan
Christian Alliance Commission, Inc. Southfield Michigan
Chronic Illness Coalition Westland Michigan
Clark Hill Grand Rapids Michigan
Community Foundation of St. Clair County Port Huron Michigan
Community Inclusive Recreation Battle Creek Michigan
Community Legal Resources Lansing Michigan
Community Theatre Association of Michigan Bay City Michigan
Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas Detroit Michigan
Connection Graphics Potterville Michigan
Corner Health Center Ypsilanti Michigan
Council of Michigan Foundations Grand Haven Michigan
Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) Midland Michigan
Creating Hope International Dearborn Michigan
Crooked Tree Arts Council, Inc. Petoskey Michigan
Dearborn Pastoral Counseling Center Dearborn Michigan
Detroit Friendship House Hamtramck Michigan
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Detroit Michigan
Detroit Writers Guild Detroit Michigan
Domestic Violence Escape (DOVE), Inc. Ironwood Michigan
Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan Grand Rapids Michigan
Eastern Upper Peninsula Community Dispute Resolution Center Sault Ste Marie Michigan
Eaton Community Hospice Charlotte Michigan
Eaton County United Way Charlotte Michigan
Edison Neighborhood Associaiton Kalamazoo Michigan
Educating for Freedom In Schools Kalamazoo Michigan
Elder Law of Michigan Lansing Michigan
Ele’s Place Lansing Michigan
EUP Community Dispute Resolution Center Sault Sainte Marie Michigan
Family Service Agency of Mid Michign Flint Michigan
Father Loves You Bath Michigan
Fenner Conservancy Lansing, MI Michigan
First Step Plymouth Michigan
First Ward Community Services Saginaw Michigan
Focus: HOPE Detroit Michigan
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Flint Michigan
Food System Economic Partnership Ann Arbor Michigan
Forgotten Harvest Oak Park Michigan
Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp Crystal Falls Michigan
Franklin Street CHC Lansing Michigan
Freshwater Community Church Paw Paw Michigan
Freshwater Future Petoskey Michigan
Friends In Deed Ypsilanti Michigan
Friends of Ottawa Park Cheboygan Michigan
Friends of Theodore Roethke Saginaw Michigan
Future Focused Ferndale Michigan
Gage Mentoring Pontaic Michigan
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity Flint Michigan
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Detroit Michigan
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan Detroit Michigan
God’s Oldscool Ministry, Inc. Detroit Michigan
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Detroit Michigan
Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc. Traverse City Michigan
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan Muskegon Michigan
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Grand Rapids Michigan
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Traverse City Michigan
Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation Detroit Michigan
Gratiot County Community Foundation Ithaca Michigan
Great Lakes Capital Fund Lansing Michigan
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Petoskey Michigan
Great Start Traverse Bay/Manistee Manistee Michigan
Green Living Science Detroit Michigan
GVSU Community Service Learning Center Allendale Michigan
Habitat for Humanity Detroit Detroit Michigan
Habitat For Humanity HiawathaLand Manistique Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County St. Johns Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Grand Rapids Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Lansing Michigan
Habitat for Humanity Oscoda County Fairview Michigan
Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region Traverse City Michigan
Haiti Nursing Foundation Ann Arbor Michigan
HandsOn Battle Creek Battle Creek Michigan
Haven Beverly hills Michigan
HAVEN Pontiac Michigan
HAVEN HOUSE East Lansing Michigan
HeadWaters Land Conservancy Gaylord Michigan
Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy Grand Ledge Michigan
Helping Owners with Pet Expenses, Inc. Traverse City Michigan
Homelessness/Mental Health of Detroit HighlandPark Michigan
Hope and Healing Foundation Southfield Michigan
Hope Network Gran dRapids Michigan
Huron River Watershed Council Ann Arbor Michigan
Ingham Lansing Community Coalition for Youth Lansing Michigan
Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen Michigan
ISAAC (Interfaith Strategies for Advocacy and Action in the Community) Kalamazoo Michigan
Jackson Junior Welfare League (JJWL) Jackson Michigan
Jail and Outreach Ministry Pontiac Michigan
Jodie Kenney Detroit Michigan
Judson Center Royal Oak Michigan
Kalamazoo Youth for Christ Kalamazoo Michigan
Keep It Moving, Inc. Detroit Michigan
Keweenaw Land Trust Hancock Michigan
Kids Advancing Hope Coalition Lathrup Village Michigan
Lakeshore Latino Outreach Center, Inc. Holland Michigan
Land Conservancy of West Michigan Grand Rapids Michigan
Lansing Community College Foundation Lansing Michigan
Lapeer Land Conservancy Lapeer Michigan
Lewis Walker Institute Kalamazoo Michigan
Lighthouse of Oakland County Pontiac Michigan
Literacy Center of West Michigan Grand Rapids Michigan
Love In the Name of Christ of Kalamazoo County Kalamazoo Michigan
Love Incorporated of Manistee Manistee Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Detroit Michigan
M’Lady’s Favored Things Farmington Hills Michigan
Macomb Homeless Coalition Mt. Clemens Michigan
Madonna University Livonia Michigan
Manistee Community Kitchen Manistee Michigan
Manistee County Human Services Collaborative Manistee Michigan
MARO Lansing Michigan
Marquette Adult Day Services Marquette Michigan
MCADSV Okemos Michigan
MCVI Foundation Saginaw Michigan
Metro Health Hospital Foundation Grand Rapids Michigan
Michigan Alliance of Timebanks Lathrup Village Michigan
Michigan Association of School Administrators Lansing Michigan
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Lansing Michigan
Michigan Association of United Ways Lansing Michigan
Michigan Baseball Foundation Midland Michigan
Michigan Campus Compact Lansing Michigan
Michigan Capital Area Coalition of Labor Union Women Lansing Michigan
Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Okemos Michigan
Michigan College Access Network Lansing Michigan
Michigan Community Action Agency Association Okemos Michigan
Michigan Community College Association Lansing Michigan
Michigan Dyslexia Institute Lansing Michigan
Michigan Federation for Children and Families Lansing Michigan
Michigan Health and Hospital Association Lansing Michigan
Michigan Humanities Council Lansing Michigan
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light Royal Oak Michigan
Michigan Jewish Conference Lansing Michigan
Michigan League for Human Services Lansing Michigan
Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Ann Arbor Michigan
Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing Michigan
Mid Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters Clare Michigan
Midland Center for the Arts Midland Michigan
MISSION Ann Arbor Michigan
Mission In The City Saginaw Michigan
MomsBloom, Inc Cannonsburg Michigan
MONARC Monroe Michigan
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit Detroit Michigan
Multiple Sclerosis Support Homes of Michigan, Inc. Livonia Michigan
National Association of the Physically Handicapped, Manistee County Chapter Manistee Michigan
National Council on Alcoholism Lansing Michigan
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan
Neighborhood Service Organization Detroit Michigan
Neutral Zone Ann Arbor Michigan
New Center Community Mental Health Detroit Michigan
New Center Community Services Detroit Michigan
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) Detroit Michigan
North Country Trail Association Lowell Michigan
NorthSky Nonprofit Network Traverse City Michigan
Northville Community Foundation Northville Michigan
NorthWest Initiative Lansing Michigan
Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society Pontiac Michigan
One Love Global Lansing Michigan
Opportunity Resource Fund Lansing Michigan
Owosso Community Players Owosso Michigan
Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing East Lansing Michigan
Peckham, Inc. Lansing Michigan
Pediatric Foundation of Michigan Lansing Michigan
Phoenix Residental Services Pontiac Michigan
Phoenix Residential Services, Inc. Pontiac Michigan
Poverty Reduction Initiative Kalamazoo Michigan
Power of We Consortium Lansing Michigan
Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan Kalamazoo Michigan
Redford Interfaith Relief Redford Michigan
Resource Genesee Flint Michigan
River Raisin Institute Monroe Michigan
Rotary Charities Traverse City Michigan
Safe Haven Ministries Grand Rapids Michigan
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Bay City Michigan
Saginaw Community Foundation Sagianw Michigan
Saginaw County Community Action Committee Saginaw Michigan
Saginaw Valley Concert Association Saginaw Michigan
Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan Farmington Hills Michigan
Sankofa, Inc. Saginaw Michigan
Saturday Breakfast Program Muskegon Michigan
Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation Allendale Michigan
Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy Rochester Michigan
Social Action Comm. 1st UU Church Detroit Michigan
Sojourner Truth community Theatre Saginaw Michigan
South County Community Services Vicksburg Michigan
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy Ypsilanti Michigan
Sparrow Foundation Lansing Michigan
Spartan Fund East Lansing Michigan
Special Ministries of Livingston County Brighton Michigan
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center Detroit Michigan
Stony Point Communication Haslett Michigan
Straits Area Services Cheboygan Michigan
Summer in the City Detroit Michigan
Swords into Plowshares Art Center Oak Park Michigan
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery Detroit Michigan
Tall Turf Ministries Grand Rapids Michigan
Taylor Conservatory Foundation Taylor Michigan
The Art Experience, Inc. Pontiac Michigan
The Dahlem Conservancy Jackson Michigan
The Henry Ford Dearborn Michigan
The Homework Center, Inc. Detroit Michigan
The Junior League of Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids Michigan
The Leadership Group Bloomfield Hills Michigan
The Liebold Group LLC Farmington Hills Michigan
The Motor City Lyric Opera Detroit Michigan
The Mozart Group Birmingham Michigan
The SOURCE Grand Rapids Michigan
Thumb Industries, Inc. Bad Axe Michigan
Transportation Riders United Detroit Michigan
TrueNorth Community Services Fremont Michigan
United Church Outreach Ministry Wyoming Michigan
United Way of Saginaw County Saginaw Michigan
United Way of Southeastern Michigan Detroit Michigan
United Way of Wexford & Missaukee Counties Cadillac, McBain, Lake City, Manton, Mesick, Buckley Michigan
Urban League of Battle Creek Battle Creek Michigan
Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc. Detroit Michigan
Voices for Michigan’s Children Lansing Michigan
Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan Niles Michigan
Volunteer Centers of Michigan Lansing Michigan
Volunteer Guild of Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center Mt. Clemens Michigan
Volunteer In Service To America former Americorps VISTA Lansing Michigan
Volunteer Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Michigan
Volunteers of America MI Southfield Michigan
Volunteers of America Michigan Southfiled Michigan
VSA Genesee County Goodrich Michigan
VSA MI-Genesee Flint Michigan
VSA Michigan Detroit Michigan
W W Community Connections d/b/a Hope Center in Macomb Fraser Michigan
Wayne Metro CAA Wyandotte Michigan
Weiss Advocacy Center Flint Michigan
West Michigan Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure Grand Rapids Michigan
West Michigan Glass Art Center Kalamazoo Michigan
Winning Futures Warren Michigan
Women’s Information Service, Inc. Big Rapids Michigan
Women’s Interfaith Solutions and Outreach in MetroDetroit (WISDOM) MetroDetroit Michigan
Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area Traverse City Michigan
Wood & Associates Detroit Michigan
ZIAD Health Care for the Underserved Trenton Michigan


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