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 feedback 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 an 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.

Our local nonprofits benefit education, children in need, the arts, the homeless, animals and much more. There are a wide variety of nonprofits that call Tucson home, and this list represents a fraction of those you can contribute to this year: 



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