Vocal advocates are an important part of bringing critical issues in our community to the attention of our elected and appointed decision-makers. You can play a role by sharing your support for programs that strengthen individuals, families, and communities.
See what our goals are in our latest Public Policy Agenda.
Promote Charitable Giving
Historically, Congress never intended for taxpayers to pay tax on the gifts they give to “do the public good.” The federal tax law has had an adverse effect on charitable giving by the “every day donor,” since the standard deduction doubled. It now is only available to the top 5% of income earners. We need to allow the Charitable Tax Deduction to be taken by all taxpayers regardless of income level. Learn more in this executive summary.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA protects approximately 28,000 Arizona young people. We know firsthand the harm that removal of DACA will cause to both the young people directly affected and to our communities. Studies show that 95 percent of DACA students are either in school or working. Five percent started their own businesses. The Arizona DACA workforce paid $40 million in state taxes in 2014. Read our open letter urging Congress to defend Dreamers.
Childcare for Safe and Thriving Families
Parents without reliable, affordable childcare may have to make the horrible choice to leave children home alone or in other inconsistent or dangerous situations when they have to go to work. This can contribute to lack of adequate supervision for children and a report of child neglect. Get local and national resources from Arizona Early Childhood Alliance here.
If these are issues you are passionate about, make sure to register to vote and note upcoming election dates. You can also reach out to the Arizona Legislature and let them know your care about hunger, homelessness, education, and financial stability of families and individuals.
Your voice can be the most powerful tool in creating positive, lasting change in our community. To learn more about how you can help, contact our Public Policy Team.