Take 5 Minutes to Support Charitable Giving in Our State

What if our supporters had to pay taxes
on auction items and raffle prizes?

There is a very important bill under consideration by the Washington State legislature that Washington Nonprofits supports. HB 1808 removes the current expiration date for the use tax exemption on nonprofit and library fundraising. Without the passage of this bill, tax exemption on items purchased or won at a nonprofit fundraiser or event would no longer be available past July 1, 2020. HB 1808 ensures a future tax exemption for items valued under $12,000 that are won or purchased during a nonprofit fundraiser or event. Contact your State Representatives today and ask them to support HB 1808. Below is a simple, 5-minute advocacy action. 

** Take Action **

  1. Visit the bill page by clicking here.
  2. Click on the “Comment on this bill” box to the right of the “Bill Status at a glance” box. 
  3. Enter your address information and click “Verify District”
  4. Select your two Representatives members as the recipients and select the “Support” position.
  5. Edit and submit the template message below.

Dear Representatives _______,

I [work for/serve on the board of/support] [nonprofit] and I am writing to encourage you to support HB 1808, Making the nonprofit and library fundraising exemption permanent. Our organization depends on community fundraising and will be hurt if we return to taxing auction items and raffle prizes. HB 1808’s passage would demonstrate that our state is taking steps to support charitable giving at a time when the 2017 federal tax reform is expected to negatively impact nonprofits and donors alike.

Therefore, I ask you to please vote in support of HB 1808.

Thank you for your consideration,

Thank you in advance for your participation in this action alert. If you have any questions about this issue, please feel free to contact us.

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David Streeter is Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.