Supporting Charitable Giving During the COVID-19 Crisis, Virtual Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 9, 2020 [open pdf - 293KB]
This is the June 9, 2020 hearing on "Supporting Charitable Giving During the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Crisis," held before the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee. From the Opening Statement of Mike Lee: "Nonprofits, churches, and other voluntary institutions of civil society have for centuries played a uniquely important role in American life, helping to provide for others' basic needs, and ensuring the stability of community institutions, and supplying goods such as education and the arts. [...] Without financial donations, these organizations simply cannot undertake the good works that they do in providing the indirect benefits, including the provision of these indirect benefits, personal connectedness, reciprocity, and trust, that are invaluable, and that have become indispensable to community thriving, and the thriving of the human condition. Unfortunately, there have been worrisome trends in charitable giving over recent years, and over the last few decades. [...] I called this hearing to talk about how, especially in this time of immense, unusual hardship, when charitable giving is so essential, Congress could better address this disparity." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James Lankford, Jeanne Shaheen, Bill Crim, and Una Osili.
S. Hrg. 116-281; Senate Hearing 116-281
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