How Charities Won a High-Stakes Battle on Donor Tax Breaks

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The threat that a deficit-cutting Congress might limit the value of the charitable deduction has ignited a brand of advocacy that is rarely seen in the nonprofit world.

Hundreds of charities across the country contacted lawmakers last month to urge them to reject proposals they say would dampen giving. Nonprofit associations have formed coalitions, sent lobbyists to Capitol Hill, paid for advertising, and met with White House officials.

They won a significant victory at the