Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 24, 2013

Some charities say tax changes hit donations

LANSING — Some charitable organizations in Michigan have reported a decline in donations following tax changes that eliminated state credits for financial gifts to food banks, homeless shelters and certain nonprofits.

Among the groups whose donations have declined are the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, the Detroit Rescue Mission, Gleaners Community Food Bank and Detroit Public Television, the Detroit Free Press said.

Donations to COTS were down 10 percent, or $45,000, between 2011 and 2012. In 2011, when Michigan had a 50 percent tax credit, COTS received 1,023 contributions between $200 and $400. Last year, when no credit was available, donors fell to 866.

That is “a significant sum of money for our agency,” said Trish Dewald, COTS chief development officer.



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