Even in our fragile economy, Americans still want to give back to those who need help the most. However, charitable giving will suffer should the deduction be limited. It is crucial that Congress follow the leadership of Thune and Wyden and protect the charitable contribution deduction. If Congress cuts, caps, limits or alters the deduction, the results could be devastating for those who need help the most. Now is the time for reaching out and helping those less fortunate — not to make it more difficult to help those in need.
William Daroff is the senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America.