From August 30th-September 1st, 2022, TargetPoint Consulting conducted a nationally representative survey on behalf of Independent Sector, an organization focused on enhancing the impact of nonprofit groups in the United States. Michael Meyers presented the data at the United Philanthropy Forum’s Philanthropy and Policy Institute. The results of our research indicate that Americans care about and support the work being done by nonprofit groups and want nonprofits to have greater representation in the government.
Strong Support for Universal Charitable Tax Deduction
Congress previously passed a law allowing Americans to claim a charitable tax deduction of up to $300 dollars, but let the legislation expire in 2022. 85% of Americans, including 84% of Republicans and 86% of Democrats, support restoring this deduction permanently. Additionally, 77% of Americans support expanding that charitable tax deduction to up to $4000 for every American.
Voters Want Congress to Pass the Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act of 2022
The Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act of 2022 would create a seat at the table for nonprofits to be better represented in the national government. 87% of Americans support this legislation and 71% agree that nonprofits and policymakers should receive data about the nonprofit sector workforce, just like they do for other industries. 92% of Americans support local charities educating policymakers and businesses about the needs of the communities they serve. Overwhelmingly, voters feel that collaboration between the federal government and nonprofits will benefit their communities and that nonprofits are a group they can trust to make the right decision and improve government efficiency.
What Americans Want from a Nonprofit
68% of respondents said they would be more likely to donate to a nonprofit that helped them advocate on an issue they cared about and 64% said they would be more likely to donate to a nonprofit that advocated for an issue impacting their community. 72% of respondents think it is a good idea for local groups like charities and community centers to educate residents about voting. It is clear that Americans recognize the positive impact nonprofits can have at the local level and are supportive of these localized efforts.
For more information on our findings visit: https://independentsector.org/blog/new-poll-what-voters-want-from-congress-and-nonprofits/