Charities fight changes on tax deductions

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans who file income tax returns won't be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted, but that hasn't stopped charitable groups from lobbying Congress to fight any change in deductions as part of the “fiscal cliff'' negotiations. By Jackie Kucinich / USA Today.

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COMMENTARY: The $588 million I (thankfully) didn’t win

NEW YORK (RNS) I played the New York lottery for the first time last week. My $2 ticket didn't win the $588 million payout. In the end, I liked the idea of financial security, but saw little to be gained from sudden wealth. By Tom Ehrich.

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Charitable giving up, but Sandy and tax changes expected to impact year-end donations

(RNS) The recession continued to affect how much Americans gave to charity last year, and the triple whammy of Superstorm Sandy, a national election and the looming fiscal cliff may cut how much we donate in the crucial final month of 2012, experts say. By Elizabeth Weise / USA Today.

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‘#GivingTuesday’ event aims to boost charities

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (RNS) In the days following Thanksgiving, there's already Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season. Now, a group of charities and corporate sponsors is urging Americans to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving just as powerful a day of giving to those in need. By John Ostendorff / USA Today.

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