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Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.

“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”

Sen Diane Allen speaking at the Alice Paul Institute on April 28, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park with Senator Jennifer Beck on March 8th and Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County in Newton with Senator Steven Oroho on March 21st to learn how those organizations would benefit from S-1932. Beck and Oroho are co-sponsors of the legislation.

“During my visits to non-profit organizations around New Jersey, including to the Alice Paul Institute today, a common thread of our discussions has been the overwhelming focus on fundraising efforts to secure charitable contributions,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “We want our non-profits to be able to focus more on their core missions and less on the need to fundraise. Our legislation to create a state tax deduction for charitable giving will do just that.”

Sen. Tom Kean speaking during a visit to the Alice Paul Institute on April 28, 2016, pictured with Sen. Diane Allen. (SenateNJ.com)

A recent opinion piece by Kean expands on the importance of S-1932 in supporting the state’s non-profit charitable and safety net organizations.

Kean and Allen were joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute, who explained her support for the legislation.

“Individual donations are the most important component of any non-profit’s funding base,” said Beard. “This bill will give New Jerseyans a strong incentive to support the charities based in their home communities and, in turn, positively impact the lives of New Jersey citizens.”

The API, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, seeks to fulfill the life-long mission of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul to achieve full gender equality worldwide, and works to develop future generations of leaders and human rights activists.

The importance of Paul’s contributions and efforts of the API to build upon her legacy were  highlighted this month by President Obama’s dedication of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C., and by the United States Treasury Department’s announcement that Paul is one of five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement who will be featured on the back of redesigned $10 bills.

Allen introduced a Senate resolution, SCR-95, on April 21st urging Congress to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Alice Paul, in recognition of her role in the women’s suffrage movement and in advancing equal rights for women.

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