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Giving & Tax Guide: Help local nonprofits survive an unprecedented year

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With thousands of nonprofit organizations, Tucson regularly ranks as one of the most charitable cities in the country. Hundreds of these are even locally focused, meaning your contributions can directly feed back into the community. It’s no surprise to learn 2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for the nonprofit sector. With economic downturns, people are donating less, and with social distancing, people are volunteering less. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits estimates state nonprofits may lose more than $400 million by year’s end. According to their October report, the majority of Arizona nonprofits are projecting a net operating loss for the year. Luckily, 51% of organizations indicate it is “highly unlikely” that they will have to close permanently in their next fiscal year.

Arizonans have extra reason to donate to nonprofits, thanks to the state’s Credit for Contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations program. The Arizona Department of Revenue allows a $400 income tax credit for single filers, or $800 for married joint filers, donating to a nonprofit that provides “immediate basic needs to residents of Arizona who receive temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefits, are low-income residents of Arizona, or are individuals who have a chronic illness or physical disability.” For a full list of those qualifying nonprofits, visit azdor.gov.

You’d be hard pressed to find an environmental nonprofit with more of a local focus than Watershed Management Group. WMG develops community-based solutions that lead to a more harmonious relationship between people, communities and the environment. They host a variety of Tucson-based programs, including classes on land stewardship, sustainable rainwater collection, a green living co-op, and citizen science. But WMG is about more than education, they offer assistance on greywater and rain harvesting designs, and host nature cleanups. Whether it’s at your home, your business, your school or your community, WMG can help you be a more practical and sustainable land steward. To make a contribution, visit watershedmg.org.

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