If you are like me, I am trying to figure out how best to support charitable causes important to me while taking advantage of the relevant tax deductions.
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes that difficult. The legislation nearly doubled the itemized deduction threshold for taxpayers, which means that for many, taking deductions for gifts to nonprofit organizations is no longer possible.
Of course, administrators of nonprofits worry that the new higher thresholds for taking deductions will discourage philanthropy.
Two Native American tribes in Southern California have made major philanthropic gifts to entities in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
The Pechanga Tribal Council has given the city of Lake Elsinore a grant of up to $100,000 to help handle crowds drawn to the area's super bloom of wildflowers.
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Three months ago, my team at TOMS embarked on a journey to help reduce gun violence. We’ve committed $5 million dollars to organizations that support the communities affected by gun violence, and used our website as a tool for the public to urge their Representatives to pass universal background checks, something 90% of Americans agree on.
Does your organization help to improve trails in the Southern California foothills or deserts? Does it help to clear chaparral or cleanup after fires? Does it help to restore or expand our natural parklands?
If so, it may qualify for the ExtremeTerrain Clear Trail Grant program.
ExtremeTerrain, a company that sells Jeep parts, established the program in 2015 to demonstrate its respect for "the integrity of the landscape we live, drive and play on" and its intention to "leave the trails we enjoy better than we found them."
Like many Southern Californians, I am horrified and saddened by the burgeoning number of individuals who are homeless in our community. According to the Los Angeles Times, the number has grown to 60,000 a 23% increase over last year.